Google announced that its cloud gaming service Stadia will eventually enter iOS, and its public testing will begin to be promoted in the next few weeks. However, the search giant did not launch a standalone application as expected, but decided to introduce Stadia as a web application to iOS. This new initiative was launched a year after Google Stadia launched Google Play for Android devices. Since its official launch on November 19, 2019, the service has just ended one year.
According to The Verge, the Stadia application will be available in the form of a Progressive Web Application (PWA) and will be able to run through any Web browser.Google also Tweet The first stage of iOS support is about to enter Stadia. Choosing the web application route also means that it may not provide an experience that is consistent with the experience provided to Android users so far.
However, a few months after Apple refused to allow the release of the native Stadia application, Google decided to use the web application. The Cupertino-based company explained in August that it does not allow services such as Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud due to restrictions on the App Store for streaming games. It also deleted a browser app called Stadium in October, which allowed users to run Google Stadia on iOS devices.
After facing criticism from Microsoft and other developers about its strict rules, Apple revised its App Store guidelines. Nevertheless, the App Store still needs to submit a single game instead of a single service to access multiple games. Therefore, it is mandatory for companies including Google and Microsoft to provide their cloud gaming services as web applications.
In October, Microsoft expressed interest in building a web version of its xCloud service for iOS users, which will arrive sometime next year. Nvidia also recently announced plans to launch a beta version of its cloud-based gaming service GeForce NOW on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, which works similarly to the iOS versions of xCloud and Stadia.
In addition to announcing plans to introduce Stadia to iOS, Google also revealed its plans to provide support for more than 135 games before the end of the year. The company also said that since the launch of Stadia, more than 80 games have been released. It also brings more than 100 new features to enhance the gaming experience of services competing with Amazon’s Luna, Microsoft’s xCloud, Nvidia’s GeForce NOW, and Sony’s PlayStation Now.
Google also mentioned that since the launch of the service, more than 50 Stadia Pro games have been available. In order to attract new gamers, the company also launched an agreement that is still valid until December 18, under which the company will provide Stadia Premium Edition, Google Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controllers for free in order to pre-order CDs for Stadia Cyberpunk 2077 by Projekt Red.
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