Confirmed a company Microsoft plans to bring its xCloud cloud gaming service to Apple’s iOS, and its Windows PCs.
The US software giant said today, Wednesday: The xCloud cloud gaming service will arrive on iPhone smartphones, iPad tablets, and personal computers, starting from the spring of 2021 next.
Microsoft explained at Published On her blog: The PC version of xCloud will be available to users through the Xbox application for Windows 10.
Microsoft said in its post: “In Spring 2021, we will take the next step in our journey to reach more players around the world by making cloud games available as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service on computers running Windows 10 through the Xbox app and the browser, And on iOS devices through a web browser. ” The company added: “By adding more than a billion devices as a path to play in the Xbox system, we envision a seamless experience for all types of players.”
And xCloud will still be part of Microsoft’s $ 15 per month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Microsoft says: It plans to launch the trial version of the cloud gaming service through the Game Pass service to more markets next year, including: Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.
Due to the restrictions imposed by Apple on iOS applications and cloud services, Microsoft was unable to support iPhone smartphones and iPads when it launched xCloud in the beta version of the Android system last September. The two companies entered into a dispute over the availability of xCloud service in its current form on iPhone phones, after Apple said: that such services need to make games available individually for review.
Although Apple offered Microsoft some kind of concessions by allowing cloud gaming applications to support cloud games on iOS as long as it kept offering games individually for review, Microsoft said: Such a case would be a bad experience for consumers, and decided to focus on providing the service. Through a web browser instead of making it available as an app.
It is noteworthy that other companies providing cloud gaming services decided to do the same thing, as Google and Nvidia announced the launch of web versions of the services (Stadia) and (GeForce Now) GeForce Now last month.
And now, GeForce Now is available in a trial version, while Google plans to launch an iOS version of Stadia through a web browser before the end of this year.