Apple confirms cloud gaming services currently are not allowed on iOS
Neither Google’s and Microsoft’s cloud gaming services are allowed to operate on iOS.
Cloud gaming is likely to become a whole new trend. From Google to Microsoft are all racing to develop this service. Google has launched Stadia, coming soon Microsoft will also launch xCloud. However, iOS users are being left out.
Today, we know exactly why. That’s because Apple doesn’t license these apps for violating the App Store guidelines. Neither Google Stadia nor Microsoft xCloud can work on an iPhone.
Main cause: These services provide access to other apps, which Apple cannot evaluate and manage.
Apple said the App Store is a safe and reliable place for users to discover and download apps, and is a great business opportunity for all developers. Before appearing on the Apple platform, all applications are reviewed and evaluated according to the same set of principles. This is intended to protect users and provide a level playing field for developers.
Microsoft said that it could not find a solution to bring xCloud to iOS through the App Store and currently blames it entirely on Apple. Microsoft says that Apple is the only company that rejects cloud gaming services. While all the titles on the list have been moderated by independent companies like ESRB.
The way Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud work is that you pay to access the service. This service will allow you to play games in the cloud (be it free or must purchase). These games are not stored locally on the device.
So Apple can’t know what game you’ve bought and what game it’s playing on its device. More importantly, though, Apple doesn’t get any commissions from these services. Because they simply allow users to access a service for which you have paid for on another platform. The paid games are also not paid through the App Store.
Neither Google nor Microsoft wants to offer the option to subscribe right in the app. Because that means a 30% cut in sales for Apple. Even if you accept this, storing data and games on a remote server instead of a user’s device violates the App Store rules.
Some apps on iOS allow users to play games remotely, such as Steam Link or PS4 Remote Play, which all connect the iOS device to a gaming device located in the user’s home. These applications are therefore licensed by Apple.
In short, until Google and Microsoft find a solution, iOS users will have to temporarily miss the trend of gaming on the cloud platform. Meanwhile, Android users can freely experience.