Microsoft has announced plans for Cloud Gaming, its online game streaming service, to come to PC and iOS in spring of 2021.
Over 100 games will also be playable in new regions, according to a new Xbox Wire blog post.
Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes To iOS and PC In Spring 2021
“In Spring 2021, we will take the next step in our journey to reach more players around the world by making cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available on Windows PCs through the Xbox app and browser, and iOS devices through mobile web browser,” Jerret West explains in the blog.
“By adding over a billion devices as a path to playing in the Xbox ecosystem, we envision a seamless experience for all types of players; whether it’s playing Minecraft Dungeons with your Xbox friends using touch controls on an iPhone, or jumping into a Destiny 2: Beyond Light strike on a Surface Pro when you have a break between meetings," the latest blog post reads.
Why just a browser-based solution?
In an interview with the Verge, Microsoft had previously said the following:
"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."
Microsoft has been bullish in its focus on bringing streaming to as many platforms and devices as possible.
It's continuing to test cloud gaming in new markets and has made the service available for free to Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
"We’ll bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to new markets, including Australia, Brazil, Japan and Mexico, where we recently began our limited Project xCloud preview program," the blog notes.