Microsoft is about to launch an Xbox app update for iOS that will allow console owners to stream games directly to their iPhones.
Microsoft is readying an update for its Xbox companion app that will soon allow digital titles to be played remotely on iPhone.
Dubbed Remote Play, which is already available on the PC version of the Xbox app, this feature will physically turn on the Xbox from within the app and the console will stream gameplay directly to the player’s iPhone.
It’s a little eerie, granted, and people will no doubt point to it being a further example of the dark web and sponsors shoving in-game advertising down our throats. Gaming has run away as 2020’s chief entertainment industry in lockdown, with a projected value of $200 billion by 2023, and you can bet Remote Play will get us to that figure a whole lot quicker.
In a practical sense, some of you may be thinking ‘how is this any different to Microsoft xCloud?’ Well, gameplay is streamed physically through the console to the phone display, and not from Microsoft’s xCloud servers. This means anyone using Remote Play will need a solid Wi-Fi connection, or even an LTE/5G connection if you can stomach the monthly bill.
The ability to remotely use your console as a host platform is undeniably cool but instantly throws up a number of potential banana skins.
What if a partner or housemate sees the shiny light on your Xbox and rightly decides to shut it off to save power, not knowing that you’re gaming from the park during your lunch hour? Fortunately Microsoft has implemented several neat tricks to prevent such a disaster.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 25, 2020