Android gamers who also subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass have had streaming games on their phones for several weeks. However, due to a very specific App Store policy, Game Pass and similar services like Stadia are currently not allowed on the iPhone and iPad. Microsoft may get around that policy with a web app next year.
Phil Spencer, Microsoft̵7;s head of Xbox, said the same thing in a conference call to the company’s employees. Business Insider reports that Spencer told his team that they would be working on a “direct browser-based solution” for Game Pass streaming (nee xCloud). It would circumvent Apple’s directive that every game in the App Store must be reviewed and approved by Apple itself, including the games that host streaming services.
Amazon has come to the same conclusion: the retailer says that its upcoming cloud service Luna will be launched with support for iPhone and iPad via an app that runs completely in the browser. Some third-party developers have also worked on it. “Stadium” is a browser app that is specially designed (but not expressly) to run the Chrome web version of Google Stadium on iOS. It is still available as a free download at the time of writing.
Apple’s streaming gaming policy is clearly at odds with the direction the gaming industry is heading. There is an argument to make it tailored to provide a competitive advantage for the Apple Arcade service. This is an argument Apple could do without, as it faces a lawsuit from Epic over App Store policies and increased control of monopoly behavior in the United States and Europe.
Source: Business Insider via Engadget