Xbox Game Pass will come to iOS next year vows Phil Spencer

Xbox head Phil Spencer says that Game Pass will arrive on iOS next year, having figured out a way to get around Apple’s rules.

Microsoft has been heavily pushing the Xbox Game Pass as part of its next gen plans and, judging by how many new subscribers it has received since April it looks like it’s working.

Only last month, it received a further boon by being merged with the xCloud service, meaning Game Pass owners can stream their games onto an Android device.

It’s not available on iOS though thanks to Apple’s peculiar rules about what apps can and cannot do, but Xbox head Phil Spencer is reportedly determined to make it happen.

According to Business Insider, Spencer told employees at a recent meeting that Microsoft is aiming to bring Game Pass to iOS next year in 2021, citing a ‘direct browser-based solution.’

Getting Game Pass on Apple’s store was initially perceived as too difficult due to Apple’s policies regarding third party apps.

A streaming service like Game Pass would effectively bypass those policies and be virtually impossible for Apple to regulate, with the only alternative being for publishers to release a standalone app for every game available on Game Pass.

During the same meeting, Spencer mentioned bringing xCloud to Windows 10 PCs as well. According to The Verge, Microsoft has been testing it with employees and is also aiming to debut it in 2021.

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