Microsoft Reveals New Plans For xCloud For 2021

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Microsoft Plans to Bring xCloud to iOS Using Web Browsers, According to Multiple Sources


William D'Angelo

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Microsoft is working on a plan to bring Xbox Game Pass via xCloud to iOS in early 2021 using a "direct browser-based solution," according to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans speaking with The Verge. Microsoft is developing a web browser version of xCloud, alongside continued work on an app the company hopes to eventually release on iOS. 

Sources have also told Business Insider that the head of Xbox Phil Spencer speaking with employees at an all-hands meeting on Wednesday of Microsoft's plans to bring Xbox Game Pass to the iPhone and iPad in 2021.

"We absolutely will end up on iOS," Spencer told employees. "We’ll end up on iPhones, and iPads with Game Pass."

Microsoft Plans to Bring xCloud to iOS Using Web Browsers, According to Sources

Apple has been blocking services like Microsoft's xCloud and Google's Stadia from running on iOS via the App Store. Apple does allow the services, but with restrictions that say developers much submit each of their games individually as separate apps. Microsoft and Google are then allowed to create an app that links to all the individual games. 

Microsoft launched its monthly subscription service Xbox Game Pass on Android last month using xCloud. It is available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members at no additional costs.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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