Google has announced that its cloud gaming service Stadia will be arriving on iOS devices in the coming weeks through an imminent web app. Since its launch last year, Google was not able to bring Stadia to iOS devices because of Apple’s limitations on cloud gaming services in the App Store.
According to Google, it has been developing a progressive web app version of Stadia that will work in the mobile version of Apple’s Safari browser. A move that is quite similar to how Microsoft intends to release its competing xCloud service on iOS sometime in the next year.
Stadia Cloud Gaming Coming to iOS
In August, Apple said that cloud gaming services will be allowed on the App Store as long as each separate game must be submitted to be reviewed by App Store’s team. Submitting hundreds of games on the App Store to be reviewed first and released later, is not something any cloud gaming service wants and that’s why they opt for web access instead.
Microsoft is also developing a web-based version of its own xCloud gaming service, and Amazon’s Luna game service works on iOS devices via the web browser. Nvidia also announced browser support for its gaming service GeForce NOW, along with plans to bring Fortnite back to iOS devices. For the web version of Stadia that Google is working on, a public beta test will be available in the coming weeks.
Earlier this week Google revealed that the base version of Bungie’s Destiny 2 will no longer require a $10 per month Stadia Pro subscription and can now be played by any user with a Google account linking with Stadia. And next January, State Share, the streamer-friendly feature that grants players to share their exact point in a game with followers or viewers on social media will arrive with the release of IO Interactive’s Hitman 3.
Seeing as it is Stadia’s one-year anniversary, Google is using this opportunity to laud fresh statistics regarding the web-based service. The company has not revealed how many players have signed up for Stadia however, the company says that in the last 12 months it has introduced more than 80 games to the platform, with future plans to add more than 135 titles by the end of the year.
Google launched Stadia one year ago, allowing users to play cloud-based games on compatible phones, tablets, laptops, PCs, and Macs. Stadia requires an internet connection of 10Mb/s or more. While the app is free to use, games must be purchased. Google also offers Stadia Pro for $10 per month with access to some free games and higher resolution streaming rates.