When Samsung announced its Galaxy Note 20 flagships a few days ago, part of the major highlights was its partnership with Microsoft which will make more than 100 Xbox games playable on the smartphones. Named Project xCloud, the service will be bundled as part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and it will be launching September 15th. The cloud gaming service will unfortunately not be available on iOS devices.
“The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers,” says an Apple spokesperson in a statement to Business Insider. “Before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers.”
There was an indication this was going to happen since the xCloud’s better test had already ended on iOS. Not only is Microsoft’s xCloud not available, Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce cloud gaming services are not available on Apple’s iPhone and iPad for the same policy violation.
For such services to be available on the App Store, each game must be submitted to Apple for a review. It is not clear how Microsoft will attempt to circumvent this. “Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass, ” Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge. “Our testing period for the Project xCloud preview app for iOS has expired. 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.”
Microsoft appears frustrated saying games on its Xbox Game Pass catalog have already been rated by ESRB and relevant authorities. “We are committed to finding a path to bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to the iOS platform,”
Project xCloud will be available for a monthly subscription of $15, subscribers will be able to stream and play games directly on their Android smartphones and tablets. Xbox console owners will also be able to resume the games directly from where they stopped on their smartphones.
The service will be available in 22 countries next from September 15th, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.