The Xbox app update for iOS and iPadOS is now available, allowing Xbox One owners to stream games to their devices. A new Xbox app is available on the App Store and includes remote play functionality, allowing Xbox One console owners to stream their games to an iPhone or iPad.
Remote play is different from Microsoft’s xCloud service, which streams games directly from servers instead of your own Xbox One console. This Xbox Remote Play feature only connects to your own Xbox console, not xCloud. It is similar to Sony’s PS4 remote play feature, also available on Android and iOS.
You can now play remotely on your Xbox from iOS
This app also supports the ability to access an Xbox console over Wi-Fi, or even an LTE or 5G connection. The Xbox app will allow you to take control of your home Xbox, and you can also start the console remotely outside of your home. The Xbox will start up without sound or with the Xbox light on the front, and when you sign out, it will go back to sleep mode after a short period of inactivity.
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A new Xbox app is now available on Android, and this updated version for iPhone includes the same new design and functionality. It also complements the new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, allowing gamers to quickly upload or share game clips and screenshots. You can even manage console space and delete games from the app.
This new Xbox app is also much faster than the previous version of iOS and its design matches the new dashboard and UI on Xbox in general. This new design is ready for Microsoft’s launch of Xbox Series X / S consoles on November 10.
The updated Xbox app unfortunately does not change the xCloud situation. Apple has opened its hand slightly to allow services like Stadia and xCloud. But that included a major drawback that would mean Microsoft would have to individually ship hundreds of games as separate apps using its streaming technology.