Microsoft Hints At The Possible Feature Of Streaming Xbox Games To iPhone

Microsoft has hinted that users might soon be able to stream Xbox games to their iPhone.

The company had officially announced this feature only for Android phones initially, but it was recently indicated that such a feature can be expected for iPhones as well.

9to5Google reported:

Microsoft has announced that its brand new Xbox app on Android will let you stream your entire Xbox One game library to your smartphone completely free.

Previously this feature was known as Console Streaming, which let you connect to your console from your Android device, then letting you access any games previously downloaded to your local console. Previously, Xbox Console Streaming was limited to Xbox Insiders, this update removes that limitation — opening game streaming for everyone.

The new Xbox App will soon have an iOS version, but since there had been no news regarding the streaming feature, it was assumed that there wouldn’t be any.

The Verge‘s Sean Hollister reported otherwise saying:

There’s an iOS version coming too — and while my colleague Tom Warren originally suggested the console streaming feature probably wouldn’t come to iOS, I’m now willing to bet it will.

Microsoft now tells me the goal is actually to have full parity between the iOS and Android apps, and that Apple is already reviewing the iOS version now.

And unless Microsoft is trying to push something drastically different on iOS than the existing Android app, I expect the console streaming feature to sail through review with flying colors.

The main reason behind the iOS App not supporting streaming was because of Apple’s strict rules against gaming platforms in the App Store, which is why the whole Epic vs Apple battle started in the first place.

However, Hollister said that Microsoft wants to do something different, which doesn’t go against Apple’s rules.

Apple has a name for apps like these, distinct from the individual streaming game idea that we discussed last week. They’re called “Remote Desktop Clients” […]

Apple allows those kinds of remote desktop apps to do just about anything, likely because they’re valuable for more than just games — there’s a whole category of sysadmins and other techs that rely on them to troubleshoot PCs remotely, and it’d be hard (though not impossible) to shut down this kind of app without restricting those as well […]

But when it comes to the Xbox app’s fate, there’s a far more important precedent. Sony’s PS4 Remote Play is already on iOS, and it works almost exactly the same as Microsoft’s Xbox console streaming. It similarly mirrors the entire PS4 interface, including access to the PlayStation Store.

He also notes that Apple is the captain of its own game and can change rules whenever it feels like it. But he’s also sure that the ability to stream Xbox games to iPhone will soon be approved.