A new app update for Microsoft new Xbox app, especially for iOS and iPadOS; is now live. This gives Xbox One owners the opportunity to stream games to their devices. For those who are yet to install the app, it is available in Apple’s App Store. A remarkable feature of the app is the remote play feature, which lets Xbox One console owners stream games live to either an iPad or an iPhone.
Sounds cool, right?
Remote play is different in comparison to Microsoft’s xCloud service. It streams games directly but from servers instead of the console. This Xbox remote play feature present in the app will only connect to the Xbox console and not to xCloud. This feature does resemble Sony’s very own PS4 Remote Play feature which is also available on both Android and iOS.
While this app will support Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, it won’t support Xbox 360 and the old original Xbox games for remote streaming to Android and iOS devices (iPad included).
Will the app be 5G supported?
A heartening fact to know that the app supports users’ ability to access an Xbox console through WiFi, LTE, and a 5G connection. The app will let users take control of their Xbox One console at home and can also remotely start their console outside of their home.
The Xbox will start up without making any noise (alternatively the console’s light blinks on at the front) and when users disconnect the console from the app, it goes back into standby after a small period of inactivity.
Isn’t there an Android version of the Microsoft Xbox app?
A new Xbox app has recently been developed and released on Android. This version includes the same new design and features of the iOS/iPad app. It also complements the new Xbox Series X and S consoles, thus allowing players to quickly download and/or share both clips and screenshots from the game. Users can even manage storage space in their consoles and delete games using the app.
Is the app ready for the launch of Xbox Series X/S?
This new Xbox app is also much faster than the previous iOS version. Its design matches the new dashboard and User Interface (UI) across Xbox in general. This new design is ready for Microsoft’s launch of the Xbox Series X/S consoles on November 10th.
Unfortunately, Microsoft new Xbox app update does not change the situation of the xCloud. Recently Apple did however extend an olive branch to allow services like Stadia and xCloud. However, it included a condition that meant that Microsoft would have to individually submit hundreds of games as separate apps using its streaming tech. This did not please Microsoft with Apple’s new ruling.