Some time ago I critically wrote about the status quo that Microsofts xCloud wasn’t planned to reach Apple-devices due to Apple’s restrictions and I openly asked who was probably responsible for this.
Now, a light at the end of the tunnel appears as we won’t be able to stream our Xbox-games with a dedicated app (thanks to Apple’s App Store regulations!) but seemingly by using the browser on our beloved Apple-hardware, The Verge tells us. According to their source, Microsoft has begun to test the features of xCloud streaming through the web browser.
Some Microsoft-employees are told to work at this feature ahead of a possible public preview so it may soon be possible to open and stream Xbox-games from the web (not from the console itself as this already works!) to your iPad or iPhone (if you don’t mind the screen size!). Bringing the dashboard of the Xbox to the browser comes with the task to bring the best user experience from a big TV into a browser-screen of a mobile device so the topic of UI will be quite important.
Once you launch a game through this web-based dashboard, it will go fullscreen and interact with the (hopefully) attached Xbox controller. At the moment it is not quite clear in which resolution games are going to be streamed. Microsoft currently uses Xbox One S-consoles for the xCloud-service and rumors tell that a fully 4k-experience may be connected with the upgrade of the backend hardware to the latest Series X-consoles.
Additionally, Microsoft seems to be planning to implement this web streaming-feature into the Xbox-app on Windows 10, too. At the moment, the web version seems to be limited to Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, much like Google’s Stadia. The public review, according to The Verge, is told to be planned for Spring 2021.
Personally, I hope that xCloud will finally reach Apple-devices at last. The big drive behind this idea is surely the embracement of iOS and iPad OS-devices, no matter if Apple opens up for a dedicated App in the App Store or not, something that surely won’t be happing at the time of writing. Anyway, I am in an upbeat mood that Microsoft continues to strive for an adoption and hope to play my Xbox-games on my iPad Pro in the near future — what do you think?