Stadia, Google’s cloud-based game streaming platform, just announced its official arrival on iOS devices (and iPadOS for iPad tablets), allowing users of these devices to enjoy the Stadia experience without going through Apple’s limitations in its App Store.
As we have already seen throughout this year, Apple has made it impossible for users to have the native applications of the main cloud-based game streaming services, that is, Microsoft xCloud, Nvidia GeForce Now, Amazon Luna and Google Stadia, on their own mobile devices, by requiring the respective companies to additionally upload each game title from their respective libraries to the App Store, in addition to the general application.
Bypassing the App Store Rules with a Progressive Web App
So the most obvious solution was to create a Progressive Web Application that imitates the native experience as closely as possible, something that Google has just done and which will be followed by the rest of the platforms to reach iOS / iPadOS users, as they have been promising a few weeks ago.
Google has taken advantage of latest iOS update to carry out the launch of Stadia’s PWA (Progressive Web Application, for its acronym in English), although its global deployment may be delayed in some territories, according to reports to some media.
In this way, users can now go to the web stadia.google.com on your iOS / iPadOS devices and generate a shortcut on the home page in them to use Stadia as if it were another native application.
In Stadia, they can choose to use the free version or the paid version with its additional features, although always through Google accounts, being able to access the titles already available and acquire those others about which they are also interested, being able to play anyone of them like the rest of users on other platforms.
For many games they may have to use controllers, so they can use a variety of controllers and controllers compatible with iOS, prior pairing, although if they already have the Stadia control controller, better than better, although it can always fit the alternative of touch controls, although it will not be the same.
This is a clear example of what some may call putting doors on the field, where there will always be those who launch alternative solutions, such as the arrival of the Stadium Browser browser last November, to allow Stadia to run on iOS devices, although always it is advisable to use the official solutions.