Fortnite is one step closer to making an unofficial return to iOS as the popular battle royale game enters closed beta testing on Nvidia’s GeForce Now service. The game streaming service is testing the ability to stream a touchscreen-friendly version of Fortnite through Apple’s Safari browser on both iPhone and iPad. The service will give gamers on Apple’s smartphones and tablets access to the title for the first time since it was removed from the App Store in 2020. Nvidia and Epic Games have yet to reveal when gamers will be able to stream Fortnite on iOS devices.
Nvidia announced Thursday that it is partnering with Epic Games to bring Fortnite to GeForce Now, the streaming service available for download from the Play Store on Android devices. iPhone and iPad users cannot access the GeForce Now app and must instead stream games in Safari. The service’s website states that the game is in a “limited time closed beta” for iOS on Safari and Android smartphones, and users can register to play a touchscreen-optimized version of Fortnite.
While gamers can already stream Fortnite on GeForce Now desktop and mobile, the service requires a gamepad or a combination of mouse and keyboard. The new touch-enabled version in closed beta testing will allow gamers to try out Fortnite on their touch-enabled smartphones. As mentioned earlier, iOS gamers will be able to play Fortnite for the first time since August 2020, when Apple launched Fortnite from the App Store. According to Nvidia, gamers will need to sign up for a GeForce Now account, and both free and Priority accounts will have an “equal opportunity” to play the closed beta.
Epic Games is only partnering with Nvidia to bring Fortnite to mobile devices, and the publisher has not yet announced any plans to bring the game to Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service, which charges a 30 percent commission on in-app content. purchases such as Apple and Google. Streamed games do not offer the same performance as native games, but iOS users currently have no option to download the official game, unlike Android users. Nvidia has not yet revealed how long the closed beta will be, or when the service will be available to all mobile gamers.
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