Microsoft’s cloud streaming service for Xbox games will be made available on Apple iOS devices and on Windows PCs in spring 2021.
In a new Xbox blog post, Microsoft confirmed that a beta version of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate system would be available in the spring. Windows PC users will be able to access the service through the Xbox app, available from the Windows Store, while iOS users will access xCloud via a mobile web browser. This is due to Apple’s restrictions on games that bypass the App Store via another app, as outlined in the company’s current terms of service.
While a dedicated xCloud app was blocked by Apple, Xbox head Phil Spencer has previously said that the service “absolutely will” be on iOS. That promise will materialise in spring, provided there are no delays.
With these platforms supported, it will mean xCloud is available on both major smart phone platforms and PCs. It leaves Xbox consoles themselves without the feature, although Spencer has also noted that xCloud for console is on the “long list” of things Microsoft has planned.
For more on Microsoft’s alternative method of playing games, check out our hands-on preview of xCloud.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.