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Microsoft to launch a web version of xCloud for iOS devices

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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To make its various games accessible by iOS users on their respective devices, Microsoft is working on a web version of its xCloud game streaming service. Although the news has not been confirmed yet on Microsoft’s behalf, the probability of developing a web version of xCloud is rather high. Microsoft, through this, mainly wants to enable the streaming of games on iPhones and iPads. The app made for it is not allowed into Apple’s App Store.

As mentioned earlier, the news has not been officially confirmed either by Microsoft or by Apple; however, Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer at an event revealed that the web version would be up and running sometime next year. Both Microsoft and Apple have not commented on the release of this information.

Using the web version, the users would be able to stream games through the Microsoft service through the browser, thereby obliterating the need to browse it using an app. Since the app is not allowed into the App Store, Apple cannot prevent users from accessing the website via Safari or other browsers on any device running on iOS.

Apple does not allow game streaming services in the App Store, the main reason for this could be that the Cali-based company first wants to approve all individual games before the users can have access to them, to ensure that the App Store is safe for its users. Since this cross-checking is not necessary for films/music, other streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify are available in the App Store. For streaming games, Apple provides its very own Arcade on iOS.

A developer already made a browser to play via Google Stadia on iOS devices. Charges leveled against Apple’s rules regarding its App Store have always fluctuated, but one charge that Apple has to face time and again is its arbitrariness of the rules when it comes to imposing them on Apple.


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