While Android gamers are gearing up to be able to play some of the biggest games in the world on their devices, it looks like iOS players are out of luck. Microsoft has revealed that Project xCloud, its subscription streaming service, won’t be available on the App Store.
And now Apple has explained just why that is. In a statement released to Business Insider, the Cupertino company said the following.
“The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers. Before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers. Our customers enjoy great apps and games from millions of developers, and gaming services can absolutely launch on the App Store as long as they follow the same set of guidelines applicable to all developers, including submitting games individually for review, and appearing in charts and search. In addition to the App Store, developers can choose to reach all iPhone and iPad users over the web through Safari and other browsers on the App Store.”
So, it looks like xCloud won’t be coming to the App Store because it won’t allow Apple to review every game. With Google Stadia not available for iOS either, this is another big blow to the mobile gaming community.
What do you think? Are you disappointed that xCloud isn’t coming to iPhone and iPad? Are you going to switch over to an Android device to fill the void? Make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this paragraph.