Despite meeting resistance from Apple, Microsoft seems determined to reach IOS.
Between the lengthy and very public lawsuit with Fortnite developer Epic Games and the rejection of streaming apps such as Microsoft’s xCloud and Google Stadia, it’s safe to say that Apple isn’t making any gaming fans as of late. Despite Apple’s resistance, Microsoft’s executive vice-president of gaming Phil Spencer told his company “we absolutely will end up on IOS.”
First reported by Business Insider, Spencer held a company-wide meeting where he discussed bringing Xbox Game Pass to IOS in 2021 by using a “direct browser-based solution” to navigate around Apple’s reluctance to allow game streaming apps on their platform.
This dedication from Spencer and the team at Microsoft to bring their games to IOS is nothing new. Last month in an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer said, “We’re committed to bringing xCloud to all mobile endpoints, including Apple’s big ecosystem. For customers out there — and I see it on Twitter all the time, people asking — they can just know we will get there. We remain committed.”
It’s currently unclear what the future of cloud gaming services will look like for Apple. They have remained solid on their stances and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change anytime soon. They also haven’t responded well to companies trying to get around their app restrictions so their response to this might be less than ideal.
Only time will tell, however, as Spencer’s comments were not official statements. We can probably expect something official from Microsoft and a response from Apple in the coming weeks as more information comes to light.
For more on xCloud, make sure to check out our video on the best phones to use for cloud gaming. Also, make sure to read our article on the issue that no one is talking about: how the Xbox Series X and S taste.
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