by Brandon Butler
xCloud coming to iOS as a web app 10/9/2020

Tom Warren at The Verge:

Microsoft is working on a “direct browser-based solution” to bring xCloud to iOS early next year. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company has been developing a web version of xCloud to run on iOS and iPadOS devices, alongside continuing its work on an app that it hopes will also eventually run on Apple’s platform. […]

Apple has been blocking services like xCloud and Stadia from running on iOS devices via its App Store, and recently offered an olive branch to these services with some big restrictions. Apple insists that developers must individually submit their games as separate apps using their streaming tech. Microsoft and Google are free to create a “catalog”-style app that collects and links out to all of these individual apps.

Amazon is doing the same with their new game streaming service, Luna. Web apps have become incredibly powerful over the last five or ten years, so I’m really optimistic that they can pull this off, despite Apple’s ridiculous App Store rules. I think it’s only a matter of time before we get a web app store that Apple can’t regulate.