Fortnite may return to iPhones and iPads later this year. However, this return will not be exactly as you wish. The BBC reported that Fortnite can be played on Nvidia’s cloud-based game service GeForce Now. The GeForce Now service has not yet been announced for iOS, but the BBC has said an announcement is expected before the end of the year.
GeForce Now runs in Safari, a web browser rather than a standalone app, due to Apple’s restrictions on game streaming services that make it difficult to provide support through the App Store. With this service, you can transfer your personal game library to laptops, cell phones and other devices where they might otherwise not work properly or at all. A standard “Founders” plan is currently offered abroad for $ 5.49 per month. However, there is also a free plan that allows you to play games for a limited hour.
Microsoft responded after Apple refused to support the xCloud service on iOS directly. Apple said “developers can choose to reach all iPhone and iPad users over the Internet through Safari and other browsers in the App Store,” and has approved such a solution. Apple had also updated developer guidelines with specific rules that cloud game services can follow to reach iOS players, including submitting and reviewing individual games. However, Microsoft still called Apple’s compromise move “a bad experience for consumers.” Microsoft recently said it plans to bring xCloud to iOS via Safari next year.
As a result of the introduction of the GeForce Now browser solution, Fortnite can be played again on iPhone and iPads. Only those who have gone through the necessary steps to set up Nvidia’s streaming service on an iPhone can take advantage of this opportunity. Fortnite could look better in this scenario, thanks to the high-quality graphics streamed from a computer. However, since it has a browser in it, running into latency issues and other obstacles, there’s no guarantee that it will run as fast as the native Fortnite mobile app.
Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store last month after Epic, the game’s developer, secretly added a new in-app purchase option that offered lower prices, but didn’t give Apple the 30 percent commission it receives for any in-app purchase. The two companies have since been engaged in a legal battle as Epic claims Apple has a monopoly on the App Store and payment systems. Apple has so far managed to get a court order that allows it to continue to block Fortnite.
GeForce Now is officially out of beta and launched its paid plan last February. It is currently possible to stream games to Windows PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Android phones and Nvidia’s Shield streaming box. It competes with a number of other game streaming services launched last year, including Microsoft’s xCloud, Amazon’s Luna and Google’s Stadia. Many of these services we’ve mentioned face similar restrictions when launching games directly on the device for Apple’s mobile platform.