Although not new in the world of technology, game streaming now seems to be getting a new lease on life with Microsoft and Google projects. They want to make use of mobile devices as access points to these platforms.
Microsoft is the latest competitor to reach this arena, having presented Project xCloud a few days ago. If your presence on Android is already a certainty, the same does not happen on iOS. Now we know why and the software giant accuses Apple of being the culprit.
The Project xCloud principle is simple and the same as many other existing ones, such as Google Stadia. Games are accessed via a mobile device and all processing is done in the Cloud. It just depends on a good network connection to avoid problems.
When Microsoft introduced Project xCloud, it initially spoke of its presence on iOS, but quickly ended up abandoning this aspect of its project, without a known and presented reason.
Apple has now come out to reveal more information and revealed possible causes why Microsoft chose not to have it on the iPhone. According to the creator of the iPhone, these violate the rules of your store and that all games that are in your store should be evaluated. It also showed that it does not accept services like the Game Pass.
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 all 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.
Upon hearing of these statements, Microsoft was quick to react and accuse Apple of wanting to block game streaming services. He also accuses of treating his Project xCloud differently from other apps.
Apple's handling of this Microsoft solution is similar to what happened to Google's Stadia. However, Steam manages to have such a service on the App Store.
Our testing period for the Project xCloud preview app for iOS has expired. Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our vision of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to gamers on iOS via the Apple App Store.
Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. And it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content.
All games available in the Xbox Game Pass catalog are rated for content by independent industry ratings bodies such as the ESRB and regional equivalents. We are committed to finding a path to bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to the iOS platform.
We believe that the customer should be at the heart of the gaming experience and gamers tell us they want to play, connect and share anywhere, no matter where they are.
In addition, services like Netflix or Hulu provide access to content that Apple does not review and does not control. There is also the question of Apple wanting to evaluate games that are already verified by entities like ESRB or PEGI, which already evaluate them.