For the past few months, Microsoft has been testing xCloud game streaming services on iOS platforms in a very limited way. Earlier this week, however, the company made it clear that the service would only be available on Android platforms. Today, the software giant announced that it will end xCloud testing for iOS devices ahead of schedule. According to microsoft notifications to testers, the iOS xCloud preview will end on September 11 and Android previews will continue until next month.
A Microsoft spokesman said in a statement to TheVerge that Project xCloud’s TestFlight preview test phase on iOS has ended.
Also as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, Microsoft will focus on providing a cloud-based game streaming experience to Android customers from September 15.
Media pointed out that Microsoft on the iOS platform to promote cloud game streaming services encountered some obstacles. To comply with Apple’s App Store policy, the company had to limit the iOS xCloud test to Halo: Sergeant’s Collection and 10,000 test participants.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed which policies prevent edified xCloud from launching on the iOS platform, but Google’s Stadia game streaming service doesn’t seem to work well on iPhones or iPads.
So far, Google has only offered Stadia’s management apps on Apple’s mobile platform, without involving the most core game streaming capabilities. Valve’s Steam Link also took nearly a year to get Apple’s approval.
The difference is that Steam Link is primarily streaming games to mobile devices from home PCs, with fewer conflicts of interest with Apple in mobile gaming.