Google Stadia Coming To iPhone And iPad As Web App, Public Testing Launching Soon
The situation with getting Stadia onto iPhones and iPad isn’t helped by Apple’s wish to have Google submit each and every game individually. That’s simply not going to happen, but the good news is that there’s a new web app on the way that will put Stadia inside Safari.
According to a report by The Verge, the whole thing will work in a similar way to how Microsoft will launch xCloud next year.
Google on Thursday announced iOS support for its Stadia cloud gaming service, following in the footsteps of Microsoft in turning to the mobile web to circumvent Apple’s App Store restrictions. Google says it has been building a progressive web app version of Stadia that will run in the mobile version of Apple’s Safari browser, similar to how Microsoft intends to deliver its competing xCloud service on iOS sometime next year.
Google says that it will be publicly testing the new web version of Stadia within the next few weeks, beating the likes of Microsoft and Nvidia to the punch.
This news comes as Stadia celebrates its one year anniversary, with Google running a special promotion to coincide with the upcoming launch of Cyberpunk 2077.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, Google is also running a rather excellent promotion: preordering the game before December 10th or buying the released version before December 17th will get you a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle, which includes the Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra for streaming Stadia to a television. The promotion is just while supplies last, though, and Google isn’t saying how many units it will be giving out. So it’s perhaps a good idea to preorder early if you’re interested in making Stadia the platform you use to play Cyberpunk 2077.
Now might be the perfect time to get that pre-order in.