The cloud gaming service from Microsoft will not be available on iOS because of the rules of the App Store.
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Like the Stadia, the cloud gaming service from Microsoft, xCloud, will not be available on iOS. It will be available from the month of September, but only Android smartphone users will be able to enjoy it. Why ? Because this type of application is not allowed on the App Store, which is the only way to install an application on an iPhone or an iPad. Recently, we explained why Apple prohibited apps like xCloud or Stadia.
“Before being put online on our shop, all applications are reviewed based on the same set of guidelines aimed to protect customers and to ensure a level playing field for developers “, stated the firm of Cupertino. In essence Stadia or xCloud would allow games or applications that have not been approved by Apple to be used, via streaming, on its devices.
Like Microsoft, Facebook is also affected by this regulation. His application Facebook Gaming, which allows you to play games on Android, is a recent arrival on iOS, but without the ability to play. ” Unfortunately, we had to completely remove the feature game in order to get Apple approval on the app Facebook Gaming stand-alone, which means that the iOS users have an inferior experience compared to those who use Android “, said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.
A situation taken into account by the EU ?
This is a moment that many developers complain about the various restrictions imposed by Apple on the App Store. Currently, the European Commission is already investigating into the practices of the firm from Cupertino. And in an article published this week, Reuters indicates that these practices vis-à-vis the applications of video games could also be taken into account by the european Union.
According to the media, here is what was said by Adianna Podesta, spokesperson of the EC, when she was asked about the problems of Microsoft and Facebook with Apple : ” The Commission is aware of these concerns about the rules of the Apple App Store. “The spokesperson, however, has not given more details, and because of this, we do not know exactly what are the possible implications.
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