Microsoft is about to release a major Xbox app update for iOS that will add the ability to stream Xbox One games to an iPhone. A new Xbox app will be available soon in the App Store that includes a remote play feature that Xbox One console owners can use to stream their games to an iPhone.
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 playback feature only connects to your own Xbox console, not xCloud. It's similar to Sony's own PS4 Remote Play feature, which is also available for Android and iOS.
You can access an Xbox console over WiFi, or even over an LTE or 5G connection. Because this app takes control of your home Xbox, you can remotely start your console outside of your home. The Xbox starts up with no sound or the front Xbox light. When you disconnect it will go back to standby after a short period of inactivity.
A new Xbox app for Android was recently available. This updated version of iPhone has the same new design and features. You can quickly download or share game clips and screenshots taken on an Xbox One or Xbox Series X / S console, and you can even manage the console area and delete games.
This new Xbox app is also much faster than the previous iOS version and has been completely redesigned to reflect similar design changes on Xbox. This all prepares for the launch of the Xbox series X / S consoles in November. Microsoft is also updating its Xbox dashboard with some design changes.
However, Microsoft's updated Xbox app doesn't change the xCloud situation. Apple recently expanded an olive branch to allow services like Stadia and xCloud. It did, however, have a big tick that would mean Microsoft would have to submit hundreds of games individually as separate apps using its streaming technology. Microsoft wasn't enthusiastic about Apple's new rules.
Microsoft is currently testing this Xbox app with TestFlight members. This means it should be widely available on the App Store shortly for anyone to download.