Microsoft xCloud Game Streaming Service Launching on Safari in a 'Few Weeks'

Microsoft has announced that following beta testing for a small group of users, it plans to launch its xCloud game streaming service on Apple devices via Safari "in the next few weeks."

Safari and XCloud Feature
Microsoft has been attempting to launch its game streaming service, which allows users to stream games from the cloud rather than store them locally on the device, on Apple's platforms for some time. Microsoft and Apple got into a heated public argument last year over App Store guidelines that rejected apps such as xCloud from being available on the ‌App Store‌. Apple eventually changed the policy, allowing such apps onto the platform, but requiring that every game offered via the service be submitted independently for review.

Microsoft has decided not to follow through with the new policy and will instead offer users access to xCloud via Safari on iPhone and iPad. Alongside xCloud on Safari, the streaming service will also launch on Edge and Chrome.

Top Rated Comments

tritian Avatar
4 days ago at 08:58 am
Good. Apple is wrong in this. I'm glad everyone is just working around their ridiculous policy. They were never going to get real games to Apple Arcade.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
javanate Avatar
4 days ago at 09:07 am
If Apple was smart they would get behind this and encourage it, Microsoft can pick up where they are bad and make Apple's products even more compelling.

Heck I'd demo AAA games on the iMac at the next keynote and bring Microsoft out to brag about it. What now Intel?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
4 days ago at 09:07 am
I’ve been using the beta since it launched and, honestly, it’s super impressive. And you add the page to your home screen, it creates an icon tile, and then it’s a full screen with no bar from then on — remember that!? Ha. I’m “afraid“ Microsoft has shown this really is a viable solution for a ton of companies that may not adhere to Apple’s policy. The only place where this is a bummer to not exist is TVos. The experience is really solid and will only get better when Microsoft upgrades the entire cloud fleet to the new Series consoles this year.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
4 days ago at 09:27 am
I like Microsoft's moxie - good for them to skirt around the stupid rules. Submitting a request for each game? That's just petty.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
topdrawer Avatar
4 days ago at 09:12 am
As an ios developer it is getting difficult to justify doing things natively for ios to clients. This kind of stuff just pushes me out to web solutions instead of apples frameworks.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wildkraut Avatar
4 days ago at 09:00 am
What a cumbersome solution, to work around a virtually build barrier.
Apple sucks!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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