Microsoft is about to release a significant update to the Xbox app for iOS, including the ability to stream Xbox One games in one box. A new Xbox app will soon hit the App Store with a remote play feature, allowing Xbox One console owners to stream their games to the iPhone.
Remote Play is different from Microsoft’s xCloud service, which plays games directly from the server instead of your own Xbox One console. This Xbox Remote Play feature will only connect to your own Xbox console, not Xbox Cloud. It’s similar to Sony’s own PS4 Remote Play feature, which is also available on Android and iOS.
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You’ll be able to access the Xbox console with Wi-Fi, or even an LTE or 5G connection. Because this app controls your home Xbox, you can remotely launch your console outside of your home. The Xbox will start without a sound or in front of the Xbox Lite, and when you disconnect, it goes back to standby after a short period of absence.
A new Xbox app has recently arrived on Android, and this updated iPhone version includes the same contemporary design and new features. You can quickly download or share captured game clips and screenshots on Xbox One or Xbox Series X / S consoles, and you can also manage console space and delete games.
This new Xbox app is much faster than previous iOS versions and has been thoroughly monitored to match similar design changes to the Xbox. It’s all set to launch the Xbox series X / S consoles in November, and Microsoft is also updating its Xbox dashboard with some design changes.
Microsoft’s updated Xbox app doesn’t change the X-Cloud situation, though. Apple recently expanded the olive branch to allow services such as Studia and xCloud, but it also includes a big catch, which would mean that Microsoft would enable hundreds of games to be used using its streaming tech. Individual applications will have to be submitted individually. Microsoft was not happy with Apple’s new rules.
Microsoft is currently testing this Xbox app with test flight members, meaning everyone should be generally available in the App Store to download.