Aug 7, 2020

Apple defends Xbox streaming block on iPhones

Microsoft has confirmed that its new game streaming service, xCloud, will not appear on Apple devices. Microsoft said Apple was the only major platform to "Deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services". Another major game streaming service, Google's Stadia, has had similar problems - it too is available on Android and not Apple's iOS. Microsoft is poised to roll its streaming feature into the top tier of its Game Pass product, which will cost £10.99 a month in the UK. Some had hoped that Microsoft's service would be coming to the Apple App Store, because it has operated a test version for several months - although with only one single game available. Microsoft said its test period on iOS had expired, adding: "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 "Consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content," it said.

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