Game Pass, originally Xbox Game Pass, has been Microsoft’s most popular entertainment service. Offering dozens of games for Xbox One and PC for $15 a month. Recently, Microsoft confirmed that the service would be coming to Android devices this September 15th, essentially making Google Stadia unnecessary. Many wondered why it wasn’t coming to Apple devices and Microsoft stated it was because of Apple.

When talking to The Verge:

“Our Project xCloud preview TestFlight period has ended on iOS and we are focused on delivering cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to Android customers beginning September 15,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices.”

Microsoft did offer a test on Apple devices with 10,000 users playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection however due to Apple’s policies xCloud would not come to iOS. The article did clarify that competing services to Apple Arcade such as Valve’s Steam Link did take 1-year to get Apply approval and Google Stadia’s app is a management tool.

The future of xCloud on iOS remains unclear and potentially out of Microsoft’s hands. The issues appear to be related, in part at least, to Apple’s rules on in-app purchases through its App Store. Apple also has strict limits on “remote desktop clients” that mean apps are only allowed to connect to a user-owned host device or game console owned by the user. Both the host device and client must be connected on a local network, too. While Microsoft could potentially work around the in-app purchase App Store policies, the remote desktop client rules are likely the bigger hurdle.

The service could come to iOS devices but as of now, that’s up to Apple.

Xbox Game Pass will launch on September 15th for Android devices.

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