Google Stadia Finally Heading to iOS, But as a Progressive Web App

Joanna Estrada
November 21, 2020

Google has announced that its cloud gaming service Stadia is finally coming to iOS, with its public testing to start rolling out in the coming weeks.

So instead of making a Stadia app for iOS, Google will run its gaming service through the web browser.

Launched a year ago, Google's video game streaming service is now available on any desktop or laptop with a Chrome browser, most Android phones and tablets, and TVs using the Chromecast Ultra dongle.

In their recent talk with Business Insider, Apple says that the reason Stadia and GeForce NOW have not been allowed on their store is because unlike Netflix, which houses content from many developers just like these cloud gaming apps do, they are interactive, unlike movies or music.

Last month HEXUS reported how Microsoft had chose to develop a web version of xCloud so iOS device users could enjoy its games streaming service. xCloud for mobile Safari is reportedly coming in "early 2021". Stadia said: "As you might have heard, the first phase of iOS support is coming to Stadia!"

Stadia is free to play for all Google account holders.

Apple earned approximately 40% of its revenue in 2019 from the cut it takes of all purchases made on the App Store, many of which come from in-game microtransactions. Some games are also available for free on the platform, while others have to be bought individually for their regular price, and some come included in the Stadia Pro tier, which costs $10 a month and also gives gamers access to a higher resolution experience with improved audio. The company has since been engaged in a long legal battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games, which tried to circumvent the company's App Store payment systems earlier this year. GeForce NOW is available in beta right now and its more than 5 million registered users can use the app on Safari on the iPhone or iPad and play the games they want.

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