Microsoft has been preparing to launch its xCloud game streaming service on September 15th. The company has also previously issued a partial list of titles that will be supported at launch. xCloud will allow users to experience a wider class of Xbox and PC games on their smartphones and tablets similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service. Although, it has been reported that the service won’t be available on Apple devices.
Apple has admitted that game streaming services such as Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia infringe its App Store guidelines, which is the reason for the services to discontinue on iOS devices. As per Apple’s developer guidelines, it demands the app to “only connect to a user-owned host device that is a personal computer or dedicated game console owned by the user and both the host device and client must be connected on a local and LAN-based network.”
According to a report by Business Insider, an Apple spokesperson stated, “The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps and a great business opportunity for all developers. Before they go to our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field for developers. Our customers enjoy great apps and games from millions of developers and gaming services can absolutely launch on the App Store as long as they follow the same set of guidelines applicable to developers, including submitting games individually for review and appearing in charts and search. In addition to the App Store, developers can choose to reach all iPhone and iPad users over the web through Safari and other browsers on the App Store.”
Microsoft says that the App Store is the only platform to dismiss consumers game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. This came after the announcement by Microsoft to stop testing xCloud on iOS devices. Streaming services like Steam Link and Sony’s PS4 Remote Play seemingly conform with the policies and are available on the App Store.