Microsoft’s Project xCloud now live on Android, not on iOS
By Bob Garcia
The Stadia competitor is up and ready for gamers
The awaited video game streaming service announced by Microsoft is finally live on Android smartphones and tablets. Project xCloud comes to compete directly with Google’s Stadia services that launched last year, and which allows people to play the same video game on PC, Android phones and tablets, Google Chromecast Ultra and even on Chrome’s web browser on most computers. Microsoft’s project can be described as the “Netflix of gaming,” where gamers can access high-quality games that normally required either a powerful Xbox game console or computer; however, the service won’t be on Apple’s devices.
The intention of this new product is to attract casual gamers into Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem now that customers won’t have to first purchase an Xbox, which can get pricey for many. This game-streaming service is included as part of Microsoft’s $14.99 a month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service that comes with at least 150 Xbox games. To be played, most games require an Xbox controller paired to your phone over Bluetooth, while a few of them, like Microsoft’s “Minecraft Dungeons,” have touchscreen controls available.
With Microsoft’s service, there is one problem for gamers who own iPhones and iPads because the services won’t be offered on those devices. Apparently, Apple’s developer rules are quite strict when it comes to game-streaming services. Even after the company updated its developer terms a few days ago to allow these services to run freely on their devices, for Microsoft, this situation is still poised to offer a “bad experience for customers” given the fact that every single game must be downloaded separately.