Microsoft xCloud for web is about to arrive: images of the service appear before its launch in spring
In October 2020 we knew that Microsoft was preparing a web version of its video game streaming service. Project xCloud allows you to play video games without having a powerful console and with practically any mobile phone, computer or smart TV. However, for this it requires an app or, failing that, a web version. The web version is nowhere to be found.
As he has been able to find out The Verge, Microsoft’s xCloud is already being tested in browsers to reach users shortly in the form of a public beta. Microsoft promised the arrival of xCloud to browsers in the spring of this year, so it would not be strange to see it debut within the next few weeks.
As we can see in the screenshots, the web version of Microsoft’s xCloud displays a home screen with video game recommendations or the option to resume one already played. The video game catalog available is the Xox Game Pass Ultimate video game catalog.
One of the current limits with the web version of xCloud is the browser that can be used. Apparently it is compatible with Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Therefore, it cannot be used at the moment in Apple’s Safari for example.
A version designed for Apple users
Through the web version the service can also be used by iPhone and iPad users, where Apple does not allow this type of apps to be installed. This strategy is the one that has also followed Google with Stadia Y Amazon with Moon.
Apple’s position With regard to these types of services, it is that you cannot control the content that users download and play on the device. That is, you cannot control that the content is suitable as if they are games from the App Store. His proposal is that both Microsoft and Google or other companies submit these games to the App Store separately. But done the law done the snare. Given that these services do not require large consumption of resources, they can be accessed through a browser, where Apple is no longer in control.
Via | The Verge