In a major policy change, Apple has announced that it will open its App Store to game streaming services. That’s a big win for companies like Microsoft and Nvidia — both of which offer game streaming services that were previously only accessible on iPhones via a browser — as well as consumers who could theoretically access apps like Xbox Cloud Streaming. . Scheduled
Apple shared the announcement in a Developer blog post, wrote: “Developers can now submit a single application with the ability to stream all the games offered in their catalog.” According to the company, the change is effective immediately and will be implemented worldwide. However, it’s still up to individual companies to design and submit an app to the store, meaning it may take some time for customers to access their catalog of games through the App Store.
The company explained that the changes “reflect feedback from Apple’s developer community and align with the App Store’s mission to provide a trusted place for users to find the apps they love.” It then added that it’s up to the apps that host this content to ensure that “all software in their app meets Apple’s high standards for user experience and safety.” GameSpot has reached out to a Microsoft representative for comment on the company possibly developing an Xbox app for Apple’s App Store.
In accordance with threshold, Apple seemed to have made room for cloud gaming services in 2020, but later it became clear that each service would have to offer each game as a standalone app. However, with today’s announcement, all games can be brought under one program, provided the host “maintains the age rating of the highest age-rated content available on the program.”
That wasn’t Apple’s only big announcement today. The company also revealed upcoming changes to iOS, Safari, and the App Store that will allow users to install different browsers and access alternative app stores. These changes have been made to comply with the EU Digital Markets Program and are currently exclusive to EU users.