After being available as a limited beta app, Microsoft’s new Xbox app is finally available in the App Store. The app allows Xbox One owners to stream their games to an iPhone and iPad with the new “Remote Play” mode.
While the new app will support Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S games, older Xbox 360 and original Xbox games cannot be streamed remotely to Android or iOS and iPadOS devices.
Microsoft finally releases the new Xbox app for iPhone and iPad
The Xbox app for iOS has been completely redesigned, and it brings some important new features, including the long-awaited Remote Play mode. iPhone and iPad users who also own an Xbox One can now play Xbox games right on their iOS devices via streaming.
As reported by The Verge, the Remote Play feature requires the Xbox to be in the range of the iPhone to establish a connection for remote playing, users will not be able to play games offline or out of reach of their console.
Users can keep Xbox One connected at home and then stream the games on iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi, LTE, and even 5G. Microsoft also claims that the new Xbox app is faster and more intuitive compared to the previous version of the app:
“This app also supports the ability to access an Xbox console over Wi-Fi, or even an LTE or 5G connection, too. The Xbox app will let you take control of your home Xbox, and you can also remotely start your console outside of your home. The Xbox will start up without a sound or the Xbox light at the front, and when you disconnect, it goes back into standby after a brief period of inactivity.”
Microsoft has no official plans to bring the xCloud platform to the iOS, which enables standalone gaming streaming through the web without an Xbox console. Apple forces game streaming platforms to run through Safari, which makes it difficult for projects like xCloud to operate on iOS.
The new Xbox app is available for free on the App Store, and it requires an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 12 or later.