Microsoft has finally confirmed it is bringing its xCloud gaming service to iOS devices and Windows PC in Spring 2021. When the service was launched in September, Apple confirmed cloud gaming services like the xCloud violates its App Store policy, hence the unavailability. A report came out in October Microsoft was looking for a way to bring it to the iOS through a web-based solution and this has now been made official by Microsoft in a blog post.
“Expanding Xbox to new players is central to our ambition of helping games and developers find an easy path to the world’s 3 billion gamers,” states Jerret West of Microsoft Gaming in the blog post. “We are doing this by embracing multiple devices and providing a consistent Xbox experience wherever you log in, whether that’s on your Xbox Series X|S, PC, Xbox One, Android device or – starting in Spring 2021 – your Windows PC and iOS device from the cloud.”
“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,” West wrote.
The xCloud gaming service comes with Microsoft’s $15 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate monthly subscription and Microsoft plans to expand it to new markets, including Australia, Brazil, Japan and Mexico, where it recently began its limited Project xCloud preview program.