Up until yesterday, Microsoft had been running a small-scale Project xCloud test for iOS. Earlier this week, it was announced the streaming service would become more widely available for Android starting September 15th, though we seem to be no further forward when it comes to xCloud for iOS.
In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "Our Project xCloud preview TestFlight period has ended on iOS and we are focused on delivering cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to Android customers beginning September 15. It's our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices."
So, no, xCloud for iOS isn't quite cancelled, but it certainly has been put on hold for the time being. And I suppose the difficulties Microsoft has faced were to be expected, with iOS users having suffered a similarly monumental wait for Steam Link to become available on the App Store.
The Verge also mentions that xCloud's iOS test had to be limited to just Halo: The Master Chief Collection and 10,000 testers in order to comply with App Store policies.
Alongside news of xCloud's Android launch came the announcement of a new made-for-Xbox accessories range. The highlight is probably the Xbox-themed Razer Kishi, but you've also got a new Steel Series headset and some mobile-friendly controllers, many of which will be ideal for playing xCloud games on the go.
Android users can jump into xCloud starting September 15th. It'll be included as part of the $14.99-a-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The full lineup of 100+ playable games is yet to be shared, but we do know that the likes of Sea of Thieves, Gears 5, Grounded, and Forza Horizon 4 will be among them.Searching for the best games of tomorrow? Here are 50+ of our favourites in soft launch