The Xbox App Store could come to the iPhone next year

Microsoft is already working hard to prepare for a world where Apple being forced to allow third-party app stores on the iPhone. In an interview with the Financial Times, Microsoft’s head of games Phil Spencer said the company wants to be “in a position to deliver the Xbox experience and content from both our own and third-party partners on any screen someone wants to play on.” .

Specifically, Spencer refers to what we have already mentioned that could force Apple to open its ecosystem to third-party stores, the Digital Markets Lawa new legislation that will enter into force in the European Union in 2024. As I said, the DMA will demand that Apple loosen its control over the iPhone/iPad and allow for the first time third-party App Store alternatives. Phil Spencer referred to it in the interview as follows.

The Digital Markets Law that is about to enter into force is the type of thing we are planning. I think it is a great opportunity.

Although Microsoft wants to offer its Xbox ecosystem on any platform, Spencer acknowledged that currently this is not possible on mobile devices. “Today, we can’t do it on mobile devices, but we want to build towards a world that we think will come where those devices are open,” he said. According to Spencer, smartphones are “the biggest platform people play games on” today. He added that it would be “quite trivial” for Microsoft “to tailor its Xbox and Game Pass apps to sell games and subscriptions on mobile devices.”

All this, however, depends on Microsoft’s agreement to acquire Activision Blizzard receive approval from regulatory bodies. Spencer acknowledged to the Financial Times that Microsoft’s current “lack of mobile games” represents an “obvious hole in our capability.” This deal, however, faces its own regulatory scrutiny. With the deal with Activision Blizzard, however, Microsoft will add to its arsenal hit games like Call of Duty Mobile, Diablo Immortal and Candy Crush Saga. These games would be “critical” in attracting iPhone users to the Xbox app store.

Microsoft and Apple have been arguing for years over App Store rules, which prohibit Microsoft from offering a specific cloud gaming app for the iPhone. Apple policy requires that each game be listed separately on the App Store. Instead, Microsoft offers its Xbox Cloud Gaming service as a web application for iPhone and iPad users.