Fortnite is one step closer to an unofficial return on 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 allows gamers on Apple’s smartphones and tablets to access the title for the first time since its removal from the App Store in 2020. Nvidia and Epic Games are 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 to download on Android devices through the Play Store. iPhone and iPad users do not have access to the GeForce Now app and must stream games in Safari instead. 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 players can already stream Fortnite on GeForce Now desktop and mobile, the service requires a gamepad or mouse and keyboard combo. The new touch control version in closed beta testing will allow players to try out Fortnite on their smartphones with touch controls. As previously mentioned, players on iOS 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 must sign up for a GeForce Now account, and both Free and Priority accounts have an equal chance to play the closed beta.
Epic Games has just 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 earns a 30 percent commission on in-app – Purchases such as Apple and Google charges. Streamed games don’t offer the same performance as native games, but unlike Android users, iOS users currently don’t have an option to download the official game. Nvidia has not yet announced how long the closed beta will last or when the service will be available to all mobile gamers.
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