Xbox Game Pass Could Come To iOS Devices Through A Browser App
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Xbox Game Pass Could Come To iOS Devices Through A Browser App

Lloyd Coombes
10 October 2020

"We absolutely will end up on iOS with Game Pass", says Phil Spencer.

Microsoft Cloud Gaming, previously known as Project xCloud, launched on Android devices last month but as yet, the service isn't coming to iOS.

This is due to Apple wanting to certify every game available on the Game Pass service, something Microsoft already does.

Thankfully, it sounds as though iPhone and iPad users will get to stream Xbox games in the coming months, according to a report from Business Insider.

Xbox Game Pass Could Still Come To iOS Devices

While Apple won't allow Cloud Gaming onto the App Store, the company is attempting to circumnavigate by running a browser-based version of the streaming service.

It's something Amazon's Luna already does, and according to Business Insider, Xbox head Phil Spencer has told employees "We absolutely will end up on iOS with Game Pass".

Whether the service would be restricted to Apple's own Safari browser or be available on mobile versions of Chrome and other alternatives is anyone's guess, but for Xbox owners that primarily use Apple phones and tablets, it's a start.

Apple had previously said:

"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," the statement reads.

"Our customers enjoy great apps and games from millions of developers, and gaming services can absolutely launch on the App Store as long as they follow the same set of guidelines applicable to all developers, including submitting games individually for review, and appearing in charts and search".

Microsoft responded with their own volley of words, and the two companies are still yet to hash things out.

"Our testing period for the Project xCloud preview app for iOS has expired. Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our vision of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to gamers on iOS via the Apple App Store."

"Apple stands alone as the only general-purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. And it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content."

Play nice, you two.

You can read more about the issues between the companies here.

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