Will Project xCloud / Xbox Game Streaming come to iOS devices? If so, when?
Will iPhone and iPad get in on the Xbox Project xCloud fun?
Yes! XCloud is now in testing on iOS devices, you can register for a chance to test right here (opens in new tab). Microsoft has long stated that it intends to bring Project xCloud to "other platforms," and of course, iOS is among those. While Android enjoys a far larger global market share, Microsoft's primary markets in the U.S. and UK have a large iOS user base, making it an essential target for xCloud's growth.
Android is a more "open" platform than iOS, owing to that market share, which made it less complicated for Microsoft to place services that effectively compete with Google on Google's own platform. Apple is a different beast, however, and to speculate, Microsoft probably had to work out some of the finer details with Apple before pressing ahead.
Why else might it have taken so long? It may also be a simple case of prioritizing the larger platform. Android enjoys a truly massive userbase at a global level, making it an obvious candidate for initial deployment.
So, WHEN will iPhone and iPad get Xbox Project xCloud publicly?
While the iOS version of XCloud began testing in February 2020, we still don't have a firm date on public access. The Android test has been going on for a few months, and still hasn't become broadly available.
During the same event, Microsoft announced that Project xCloud would expand to several new territories in early 2020, including Western Europe, Canada, India, and Japan. Microsoft may be intent on locking down more partnerships with manufacturers like Samsung, and ISPs for speedier access before shipping it to the public.
An affordable xCloud tablet.
This is an excellent option for users who want something that can run xCloud right now with more screen real estate for gaming.
Cheap as chips
If you just want something for dabbling, the Fire HD 8 is a good option and very cheap. It lacks performance as a tablet, however, and sideloading the APK adds some annoyance to proceedings, but it's as cheap as you can get.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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