Microsoft and Apple are playing cat and mouse. Xbox streaming games have been playable on Android devices for a year using the xCloud app. Apple banned the app not to be able to “control” the content of the games on the platform.
Now Microsoft returns to the charge by offering its fun platform to iPhone and iPad users simply through Safari itself or a compatible web browser. Now let’s see how Apple reacts….
Microsoft has just launched its streaming gaming platform xCloud for iPhone and iPad users. the novelty is that no specific application is needed, as it can be read through any web browser. At the moment, it is in beta.
Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will begin sending out invitations to selected members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to test the Xbox Cloud Gaming Limited Beta for iPhone, iPad, and Windows 10 PC using a web browser. Invitations will be sent continuously to players from 22 different countries.
The new streaming gaming platform will be available on xbox.com/play and will work on Safari, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Microsoft plans to “quickly withdraw” its first phase of beta testing and open it to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in the coming months. The games can be played through a controller or touch controls on the device screens.
Block by Apple
One year ago that Microsoft is looking for Apple users to be able to provide this service. His project suffered a serious setback by not being able to launch an application for it in the App Store. Apple’s App Store rules prohibit apps from streaming multiple games from the cloud through a single app.
This is because Apple thinks that not being able to review every game in the library of the streaming service is a potential risk to the safety of its users. Game Pass streaming would only be viable if every game was available as an app under Apple’s rules.
This is a very bad excuse for Apple not to encourage competition from its Apple Arcade. Well, it allows apps from other types of platforms, such as Netflix, for example, without being able to control its content.
The point is that it seems that Microsoft has been able to circumvent this “blocking” by Apple, and we will be able to enjoy the platform’s games on our iPhones and iPads, and above all, via Safari, Apple’s native browser.
Now we only have wait until the end of the beta phase, to be able to enjoy more than 100 Microsoft games on our devices designed in California.