Apple has certainly been under fire in the court of public opinion lately. The company’s public battle with Epic Games has brought up many questions. Is Apple too restrictive in what they allow and won’t allow in their app store? If something directly competes with a service Apple offers, the company seems quick to restrict those apps. No company knows this better than Microsoft.
Xbox has been quite ambitious with its cloud gaming efforts. The quality and rapidness that the company has been able to roll out Xcloud have been incredibly impressive. However, there were hiccups with the cloud gaming service on iOS devices. Apple put heavy restrictions on Xbox’s ability to properly support the app. Apple has requested that every individual Xbox game be designated as a separate app for certification. However, it appears the company has found a workaround for this problem.
xCloud on iOS 2021?
In a new report from The Verge, it appears that Xbox will still be putting Xcloud on iOS. Instead of the game running through an app through the Apple store, Xbox will be taking the same route as the recently announced Amazon Luna. Luna plays through a web browser versus a traditional application via the Apple store. This is a completely legal loophole that Amazon is currently exploiting. Reportedly Xbox plans to bring the iOS version of xCloud alongside the Windows 10 PC version in 2021. Both versions have currently been under heavy testing by employees over the past few months. It will be interesting to see if or when Apple may respond to Amazon and Xbox circumventing their app store policies. For now, the future of xCloud on iOS is looking bright as we head into 2021.