Xbox Cloud Gaming launched last year on Android devices. The service was planned to roll out to iPhones and iPads around the same time but due to Apple changing some terms and conditions to their App Store in September 2020 it meant that this was not possible.
Now Microsoft have confirmed that a beta service will begin rolling out to iPhones, iPads and PCs this week.
Last year the rules of the App Store meant that services launching on Apple devices needed to start offering each application as a separate download and not as an in-built library. This was so that Apple could further control the security of their devices, but it meant that Xbox Cloud and Google Stadia had to stand down from their launches.
Now this has been circumvented and Xbox Cloud Gaming will start beta launching on an invitation-basis. Microsoft Cloud Gaming is similar in style to Netflix by which the subscriber will pay £7.99 a month in the U.K. The Game Pass Ultimate package comes in at £10.99 a month and contains an Xbox Gold membership plan. Access to Game Pass gives the player over 100 titles to choose from, some from big Microsoft studios like Bethesda which was a recent acquisition.
The service will begin rolling out soon via invitation and players will only need the phone or tablet device, as well as a bluetooth controller. However, touch-screen controls are also available for use if this is not a peripheral you own.