Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming coming to iOS in 2021 via browser workaround - report

By Sean Carey,
Microsoft plans for Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming to be on iOS devices by next year, according to new reports. The tech giant is reportedly working on a "direct browser-based solution" to bring Cloud Gaming, formerly known as Project xCloud, to iOS and iPadOS devices in 2021.

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According to reports from both The Verge and Business Insider, Microsoft is developing a web-based version of Game Pass Cloud Gaming that can be accessed via a browser on iOS. Xbox boss Phil Spencer reportedly revealed the plan to employees during an internal meeting, saying "we absolutely will end up on iOS," and that he "feels good" about Microsoft's progress. “We’ll end up on iPhones, and iPads with Game Pass,” said Spencer.

In August, Microsoft ended testing for Project xCloud early on iOS due to Apple considering the xCloud app in violation of the App Store guidelines. Apple says that the xCloud app offers users access to games it can't review and wants Microsoft to submit each game included in the xCloud library for individual review. Since then, Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming launched in beta for Android, but Spencer has remained committed to bringing Cloud Gaming to iOS devices.

This new browser version of Cloud Gaming would bypass Apple's App Store guidelines, which is what Amazon is doing with its newly announced game streaming service, Luna.

The Verge also reports that during the same meeting, Spencer said that Microsoft is aiming to bring Cloud Gaming to Windows 10 PCs in 2021. Earlier this year, Microsoft employees began testing Cloud Gaming for Windows 10 internally.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.