Earlier this year, in September, as a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft officially debuted its xCloud game streaming service. At the launch, it only arrived on Android devices because Apple’s App Store policies restricted access on iOS devices.
Microsoft went on to condemn the move and redirected its efforts to bypass the restrictions and make xCloud game streaming available on more platforms and finally today, the company confirmed the timeline for when and how xCloud will become available on iOS and Windows PCs.
Through an official blog post, Microsoft revealed that its xCloud cloud gaming service will extend to iOS and Windows PCs by the Spring of 2021. Initially, it will be in the beta version and accessible via the web browser on both platforms. The company said that very soon, the Xbox Windows application will be updated to support xCloud game streaming.
The blog post reads “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”.
For the last couple of months, rumors about Microsoft’s plan to bring its xCloud gaming service to iOS devices through the web browser were making rounds. If we compare xCloud with its rivals then it is late to add web browser support because when this xCloud was running tests for over a year and was launched exclusively on Android, rivals like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna offered web browser support from the launch day.
Right now, Microsoft, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Google Stadia are rushing to bring cloud gaming to the iOS platform via a web browser. Microsoft said, “We’ll bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to new markets, including Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.”