Upcoming Xbox App Update Will Let Xbox Users Stream Games to iPhone and iPad

Microsoft is testing a new version of its Xbox app that will let Xbox users play games remotely on their iPhones and iPads using streaming functionality. The new feature was rolled out to TestFlight users this morning.

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The Xbox streaming option is distinct from Microsoft's xCloud service, which it has been clashing with Apple over. xCloud is designed to stream games from Microsoft's servers, while the Xbox streaming option requires users to connect their iPhones to their Xbox consoles.

As The Verge points out, the new Xbox streaming option is similar to the PS4 Remote Play app that Sony offers on Apple's iPhones and iPads. Remote Play lets users play their PS4 games over WiFi on an Apple device.

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Xbox's streaming feature will work outside of the home, like the PlayStation version, allowing Xbox owners to access and play their games from their Xbox when not at home. The updated Xbox app is being tested by TestFlight members at the current time and will likely see a public launch soon.

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As for xCloud, Microsoft has a path to bring the feature to the iPhone and the iPad after recent App Store policy changes, but introducing xCloud on Apple devices will require Microsoft to upload each individual game to Apple's App Store for review purposes.

Microsoft has said that this is a "bad experience for customers" who want to "jump directly into a game from their curated catalog within one app just like they do with movies or songs" and not be forced to "download over 100 apps to play individual games from the cloud."

Project xCloud launched on September 15 as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and while it is available on Android devices, it is not available to iOS users.

(Thanks, Art!)

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Top Rated Comments

adbe Avatar
49 months ago

In fact - If I were a developer, I would attempt to steer clear of making any apps for their platform. The public spat between Epic Games and Apple is another example. Both are in the wrong but I would tend to agree with Epic since their stance was to save users money.
Epic doesn't give a crap about saving you money.
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
49 months ago

These apps suck, so much latency to be useful even if your devices are hardwired on your network
Let's give this one a chance, huh?
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chad Hyatt Avatar
49 months ago
Apple is frustrating users more and more. Just stay out of the apps! Sell your hardware and shut up. Pisses me off that I bought a 12" iPad Pro and yet Apple deems it necessary to meddle with what apps I can and can't use. Apple is becoming to look at its users as the enemy.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
49 months ago

These apps suck, so much latency to be useful even if your devices are hardwired on your network
Yet you haven’t even tried the Xbox implementation of it.

As someone who was in the xCloud iOS beta, it was extremely smooth. I have symmetrical gigabit internet so I expect it to be just as smooth.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Darth Tulhu Avatar
49 months ago

Apple is frustrating users more and more. Just stay out of the apps! Sell your hardware and shut up. Pisses me off that I bought a 12" iPad Pro and yet Apple deems it necessary to meddle with what apps I can and can't use. Apple is becoming to look at its users as the enemy.
Isn't that YOUR mistake though?

It's no secret that Apple hardware is tied to their software and the garden walls are high.

I'd say return the iPad (or sell, depending on time of purchase) and get a Surface instead.

Boom. No more pissed-off Chad. ;)
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Anson_431 Avatar
49 months ago
Sigh...... I honestly hope this feature pulls through to the final release and won't be stuck in TestFlight......

It's just stupid to have to use Android just to stream play my xbox games......
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)