Microsoft xCloud is Coming to iOS and iPad OS in 2021

Microsoft xCloud to arrive on Apple iOS devices.


Microsoft is planning to launch a web version of its xCloud game on iPadOS and iOS platform. Basically, users can take advantage of xCloud games on iOS devices via Safari and other authorized web browsers available on Apple App Store. According to a report from Business Insider, Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer has informed the employees that the company is working on a new solution, which will work in Apple iOS platform.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Spencer told employees as per the Business Insider report. Microsoft has recently launched a new feature which will allow it’s Game Pass subscribers to play game titles directly on the smartphone. Currently, the feature is available on selected Android handsets and tablets.

Apple usually doesn’t allow gaming apps to stream cloud-based content. But recently the company has removed the restrictions to adopt new rules. Apple App Store guidelines suggest that cloud-based gaming services can create apps that have a link to individual App Store pages. Google Stadia, xCloud, and Amazon Luna are one of such game streaming services.

According to Apple “there is always the open Internet and web browser apps to reach all users outside of the App Store.” Amazon Luna takes advantage of this feature and stream gaming content on iOS and Mac devices like iPhones, iPads, and Mac. Let’s see when we can see Microsoft xCloud streaming on iPhones and iPads. We can expect the cloud-based gaming service by the end of this year.

“The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers,” AppleInsider quoted a spokesperson. “Before they go to our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers.”