Microsoft xCloud appears to have abandoned iOS. Just at the same time as the announcement relating to the Galaxy Note 20, the Redmond giant said it had finished its beta testing phase on the Apple platform, and that in mid-September the official stable launch will only concern the Android platform. According to the words used by Microsoft, it doesn't seem like a mere matter of time.
Microsoft has not explained in detail the reason for its choice, but it is theoretical that the problem is not technical in nature: the App Store regulation may have claimed another victim. Moreover, even Google offers the analogue Stadia only on Android. Probably the obligation for apps to pay a rather large percentage to Apple for each in-app purchase or subscription has its own weight, but the really insurmountable obstacle could be that related to "remote desktop clients", where made services like Stadia or xCloud fall. The rules of the App Store say that the user can use these services only to connect to systems (computers, consoles …) that he personally owns, and only through a connection to the local LAN.
According to initial plans, the xCloud tests should have ended in mid-September, and the advance of about a month is another clear indication that things are not proceeding as hoped by Microsoft. Among other things, the initiative had already had to clash with the rules of the App Store in the past, limiting the tests to 10,000 people and to a single game (Halo: The Master Chief Collection was chosen).
As we saw just the day before yesterday, xCloud will officially debut as a stable service on September 15th as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It will, in fact, only be available for Android devices, but in the future it will also arrive on Windows 10. On Android it will not be possible to make in-app purchases (even here, to avoid commissions); on Samsung devices, thanks to a special partnership, there will be a special variant of the app that will allow you to obtain tokens and redeem aesthetic customizations or DLCs.
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