Xbox Project xCloud Games ListSource: Windows Central

Best answer: While not officially confirmed, the answer is effectively "yes." Although the timing is up in the air right now, we're expecting it in early 2020.

Will iPhone and iPad get in on the Xbox Project xCloud fun?

Xbox Project xCloud iOS PrototypeSource: Windows Central

Essentially, yes. 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 makes it less complicated for Microsoft to place services that effectively compete with Google on Google's own platform. Apple is a different beast, however.

This is pure speculation, but Apple has been known to restrict services on its platforms that compete directly with their own, such as Spotify, and recently, Valve's Steam Link app. Both apps still operate on iOS today, but there have been hurdles to overcome for both services. It's not hard to envisage that Microsoft is working on some bespoke negotiations with Apple that may be holding up deployment.

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 fun?

At X019 in London in November 2019, some of the demo stations were actually set up with iPhone devices for users to test. This could indicate that the iOS version of the Xbox Game Streaming app may be closer than expected.

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. It could be that Microsoft is targeting that broader expansion before launching the iOS app. We'll just have to wait and see.

If you can't wait until then, however, there are plenty of cheap Android tablets on the market that are totally viable for Project xCloud.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

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.

Budget pick

Amazon Fire HD 8

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.

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