Microsoft let the cat out of the bag on Wednesday: On September 15, xCloud – the cloud gaming service of the Xbox. Over 100 Xbox games can then be played on smartphones and tablets as part of the existing “Xbox Game Pass Ultimate” subscription at no additional cost, even without an Xbox console. However, only on Android.
Strict app store rules
Originally, Microsoft tested xCloud for iOS in addition to Android in a somewhat slimmed-down form. These tests are now being ended. Microsoft gives the conditions in the App Store as the reason, without giving any further details. 9to5Mac suspects that the regulation that apps are not allowed to offer their own catalog of games or apps is an obstacle.
No xCloud for iOS?
“Our test flight preview of Project xCloud on iOS has ended. We are focusing on offering cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for Android starting September 15,” said Microsoft in a statement. This suggests that Apple could not be agreed. Neither does 9to5Mac assume that Apple xCloud will be approved for the App Store in its current form.
Cloud gaming via xCloud
The first hardware manufacturers such as Razer already offer their own Xbox branded controllers that can be used on smartphones (in the picture above, the iPhone variant of the controller that is currently not available). Alternatively, many games can also be operated via the touchscreen. The games are calculated in Microsoft’s server farms; the smartphone or tablet is only used to operate and display the stream.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
To use xCloud, you will only need a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The game subscription costs € 12.99 per month and offers access to over 100 games on Xbox and PC as well as access to Xbox Live. From September, xCloud for Android will be added as a further function.