Apple Blocks Xbox’s Project xCloud App

Apple has confirmed to Business Insider that they will not be supporting game streaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft’s Project xCloud on iOS. Apple released a statement claiming that the app store is meant to be a safe place for both users and developers. They do not include any specifics as to why they do not want to support game streaming, the believed reason for the ban is because you cannot review each game through the Apple App Store having to trust a third-party review system.

Xbox says they will not be able to bring the Project xCloud app to the iOS due to this block but will continue to work on Apple’s approval.

“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. Apple stands alone as the only general-purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass…We are committed to finding a path to bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to the iOS platform.”

-Microsoft statement to Verge

So far, the only approved game streaming service allowed on iOS is Steam Link. This was allowed because users stream games already purchased on the PC.

Sources: The Verge, Den of Geeks, Business Insider

 

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