Xbox One games can now be streamed to iPhone and iPad
The Xbox Series X is just around the corner, and Microsoft has updated its Xbox app for iOS with an important new remote play feature that lets you stream games from your Xbox One to your iPhone or iPad. It’s also a good time to update with the announcement of the new four iPhones. However, this is not exactly Project xCloud.
While xCloud lets you play on Android phones from the cloud, the remote play functionality streams Xbox One games to your smartphone. Basically, you still need to be at home to use this feature (let alone own a console). Requires a reliable network connection and a Bluetooth controller for iPhone or iPad.
Microsoft isn’t the first to let you stream games to iOS: Sony Remote Play came to iPhones and iPads last year. However, it is a notable step towards Microsoft’s cloud-based future for the Xbox platform. While Sony is focusing on amassing PlayStation exclusives like the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart or Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Microsoft is banking on subscriptions and services like Game Pass and Project xCloud. The first is a Netflix-style service that gives you access to hundreds of games for $ 10 a month, and the second lets you stream Xbox and PC games from the cloud to Android devices.
So far, xCloud hasn’t come to iOS due to Apple restrictions. Microsoft is reportedly hoping to bring xCloud to iOS and iPadOS via a web app rather than the App Store, but time will tell whether Apple is happy with that. The new Xbox app for iOS, like its Android counterpart, also lets you control your console from your phone. You can uninstall games to free up memory and, more importantly, load them onto your console, for example, when you get home from work.