17 November 2020
When Microsoft announced Xbox Cloud Gaming for Android devices last month, it had no choice but to skip the release on iOS devices. The decision was taken citing Apple's policies that prohibited the release of cloud gaming on the platform. Now, a new Business Insider report has surfaced claiming that Microsoft has not given up yet.
The report mentions that Microsoft is considering bringing Xbox cloud gaming to iOS devices through the web. It means a web-based version of the service will be released. All iPhone and iPad users will then be able to stream Xbox games on their devices using a web browser like Safari or Google Chrome. It should be noted that these browser names are only indicative and only the time will tell which browsers will be compatible.
It is said that Phil Spencer, head of gaming at Microsoft, held an all-hands meeting with Xbox employees and talked about his plans to expand to iOS. He is quoted as saying, "We absolutely will end up on iOS". The release is expected to happen sometime around early 2021. The version will still be a part of Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service that lets users play numerous games for a fixed monthly fee.
Apple has been against cloud-based gaming services as it is unable to review each gaming title individually. It cited the same reason for not allowing Google Stadia on its devices. This has led game streaming service providers to think of different ways like Amazon Luna has also opted for a browser-based version.