A new report claims that Microsoft will bring its xCloud game streaming service to iOS by launching a web app instead of fighting Apple and the App Store rules.
According to Business Insider, a web version of xCloud is already under development.
Microsoft is working on a “direct browser-based solution” to bring xCloud to iOS early next year. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company has developed a web version of xCloud to run on iOS and iPadOS devices, along with continuing work on an app that they hope will eventually run on Apple’s platform as well.
Apple has already stopped Microsoft from bringing xCloud to the App Store over concerns about the streamable games and their lack of App Store ranking and approval. But Apple has no control over what people do in a browser, and Microsoft intends to take full advantage of that fact.
Spencer, who has said publicly that he is determined to offer Game Pass to Apple users, told employees that the company is exploring access to iPhone and iPad devices through browsers.
A hint about what it might look like comes from Amazon, which says that it is able to bring its upcoming cloud gaming service Luna to the iPhone by offering it as a web app.
There is no current indication of when gamers will be able to take xCloud into iPhones and iPads, but it is not expected to arrive on Windows 10 PCs until next year. That should probably indicate that we still have a long way to go.
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