Fortnite is set to make 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 version of Fortnite through Apple’s Safari browser on iPhone and iPad. The service will allow players on Apple smartphones and tablets to access 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 players will be able to stream Fortnite on iOS devices.
Nvidia announced Thursday that it is working with Epic Games to bring Fortnite to GeForce Now, the streaming service available for download through the Play Store on Android devices. iPhone and iPad users do not have access to the GeForce Now app and must stream games in Safari instead. The service’s website says the game is in a “limited-time closed beta” for iOS on Safari and Android smartphones, and users can sign up to play a touchscreen-optimized version of Fortnite.
While gamers can already stream Fortnite on desktop and mobile GeForce Now, the service requires a gamepad or a mouse and keyboard combo. The new touch control release in closed beta testing will allow players to try their hand at Fortnite on their smartphones with touch controls. As mentioned earlier, players on iOS will be able to play Fortnite for the first time since August 2020 when Apple started Fortnite from the App Store. According to Nvidia, players will need to create a GeForce Now account, and Free and Priority accounts will have an “equal chance” to play the closed beta.
Epic Games has only partnered with Nvidia to bring Fortnite to mobile devices, and the publisher has yet to announce plans to bring the game to Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service, which charges a 30% commission. on in-app purchases like Apple and Google. Streamed games don’t offer the same performance as native games, but iOS users currently don’t have the option to download the official game, unlike Android users. Nvidia has yet to reveal how long the closed beta will last, or when the service will be available to all mobile gamers.
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