DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN THEY SAID THAT STADIA COULD BOOT FROM ANY BROWSER?
Since Project xCloud was announced, Microsoft’s games division made it clear that it wants to take Xbox everywhere whether or not you have a console to play with. This project has come a long way and is available on Android devices through a dedicated app.
Now, Xbox wants Project xCloud to reach more places and for that it has to jump the obstacle of the application and the solution is to bet on the browsers, just like Google Stadia does.
Making Project xCloud work without an application and supported by a browser seems to be closer than ever thanks to the fact that Edge, Microsoft’s browser, will receive an update that will allow it to be able to play games through Google Stadia and also Amazon Luna.
The Edge update that will now fall on Xbox Series X | S will allow Microsoft’s newer consoles to use game streaming services that rely on a web browser to work.
If Project xCloud can also work from a web browser like Stadia and Luna do, then we could predict that Microsoft’s gaming service could be extended to other platforms beyond the ecosystem that we already know.
AS STADIA AND LUNA COME TO XBOX, COULD PROJECT XCLOUD GO TO IOS?
Not only is it news that Microsoft implements a browser on Xbox that can run the Stadia and Luna service, it is also that it can bring Project xCloud to other devices without the need to install an application.
As you surely know, Project xCloud does not work on iOS devices because Apple must take a cut of all purchases – of whatever it is – that are carried out through its platform, even in an indirect way. This includes games and microtransactions.
If through a browser you can enjoy the games library that Xbox Game Pass has, we can say that Project xCloud would be nowhere near establishing itself on a new number of platforms. Now, it just needs to be a functional service that anyone can enjoy.