Microsoft explained to Stevivor why Store functionality — specifically, “shopping capabilities” — was removed from the Xbox app on iOS and Android.
As we suspected, it’s all tied to the rules governing in-app purchases in the Apple and Google ecosystems. Or, to be blunt, it’s much more likely to be related to the action inside the iOS operating system – the same reason an xCloud Game Streaming app isn’t yet available on smartphones or Apple tablets.
“In order to bring console remote play to the Xbox app for Android and iOS, we’ve removed purchase capabilities,” a Microsoft representative told Stevivor.
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As we also detailed, “you can always easily find and start downloading any game from the Xbox catalog, right from the app, so it’s ready to play when you return to your console,” said continued the representative. “Then, if you choose to purchase it, you can do so when you’re back on your console before playing.”
The new Xbox app is available on iOS and Android. The Windows PC version of the app supports Store functionality, including game purchases and the ability to redeem a code.
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