Microsoft’s gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees that the company is planning to bring Xbox Game Pass streaming to Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices using a “direct browser-based solution,” according to a Business Insider report.
“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Spencer reportedly told employees this week. According to The Verge, Spencer also mentioned bringing this browser solution to Windows 10 PCs next year.
Microsoft’s game-streaming portion of Xbox Game Pass has so far only been available on Android as Apple at first blocked it and similar services such as Google Stadia, but then agreed to allow those apps onto its iOS devices provided that there were separate apps for each game. Apple also required that each game be submitted individually so that it would comply with the company’s 30% profit-splitting policy.
Microsoft declined to participate, calling the solution a “bad experience for customers” as it wanted all of its games to be available within one app for ease of use.
Specific details on Microsoft’s browser-streaming solution have not been detailed yet, but the company did reveal that it planned to bring streaming to Game Pass on its Xbox consoles as well.
Microsoft isn’t the only company pursuing web-based gaming, as Amazon’s Luna game streaming service will also launch on iOS in the near future. On iOS, Luna will also use a browser app to stream its selection of games on Apple hardware.
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