The popular battle royale game Fortnite is entering limited beta testing on Nvidia's GeForce Now service, bringing it one step closer to making an unofficial comeback to iOS. The game streaming service is experimenting with the ability to stream a touchscreen-friendly version of Fortnite on iPhone and iPad using Apple's Safari browser.
For the first time since it was pulled from the App Store in 2020, the service will allow players using Apple's smartphones and tablets to play the game. Nvidia and Epic Games haven't said when Fortnite would be available to stream on iOS devices. Nvidia said that it was collaborating with Epic Games to bring Fortnite to GeForce Now, an Android-only streaming service that can be downloaded from the Play Store. Users of the iPhone and iPad are unable to utilize the GeForce Now app and must instead use Safari to stream games.
The game is in a "limited time closed beta" for iOS on Safari and Android devices, according to the service's website, and users may register to play a touchscreen-optimized version of Fortnite. While players can currently watch Fortnite on desktop and mobile with GeForce Now, the service needs a gamepad or a mouse and keyboard combo. The new touch-control version, which is now in limited beta testing, will let gamers to play Fortnite using touch controls on their cellphones.
As previously stated, iOS gamers will be able to play Fortnite for the first time since Apple removed the game from the App Store in August 2020. Gamers will need to create a GeForce Now account, and both Free and Priority accounts will have a "equal shot" of playing the limited beta, according to Nvidia. Epic Games has only collaborated with Nvidia to deliver Fortnite to mobile devices, and the publisher has yet to reveal any intentions to bring the game to Microsoft's xCloud game streaming service, which, like Apple and Google, takes a 30% cut of in-app sales.
Streamed games do not perform as well as native games, but unlike Android users, iOS users do not have the choice to download the official game. Nvidia hasn't said how long the restricted beta will last or when the service would be open.