Microsoft claims that xCloud “will absolutely end up on iOS”, and sources close to it claim that it will be via the web
At the beginning of last month, Apple announced an update to its application acceptance policies in the App Store, a topic that has generated much controversy in recent months and the case of Epic is the best known.
A key change in this update had to do with video game streaming services, such as Google Stadia or Microsoft xCloud. Apple announced that it will individually approve each game, it will have to have its own section in the store and non-subscribers will also have to have access to individual games.
We recall that in August Apple declared that services such as Google Stadia or Microsoft xCloud did not meet the standards of the App Store, and Microsoft at the time criticized this decision, stating that “more lenient rules apply to non-game applications.”
A source close to Microsoft has told The Verge that Microsoft is working on a “browser-based solution” to bring xCloud to iOS / iPadOS early next year.
They have been testing the beta for PC for months
Phil Spencer (head of the Xbox division), stated (in a meeting with his employees) that “we will absolutely end up on iOS.” In this meeting, Spencer assured that he “feels good” with the progress they are making with respect to iOS:
“We will end up being on iPhones, iPads with Game Pass.”
In addition, Spencer took advantage of that meeting with the employees to comment the company’s plans to bring xCloud to the PC. They are targeting 2021 for the arrival of xCloud to Windows 10 computers and are currently testing beta versions of this integration.
These are statements that have a lot to do with those Spencer himself made a few weeks ago, when he revealed to Bloomberg that they were already working to make Project xCloud possible on iOS:
“We are committed to bringing xCloud to all mobile devices, including the greater Apple ecosystem.
In fact, Spencer assured that it is something that they ask him constantly on Twitter, and took the opportunity to affirm that Microsoft “will reach” the Apple ecosystem: “we remain committed.”
It is clear that video games are a key point for the present and near future of Microsoft. The Bethesda purchase, announced a few weeks ago, is the best example of this.