Fortnite returns to iOS… via GeForce Now game streaming closed beta
Epic Games launched a mobile version of Fortnite for iPhone in 2018. But it hasn’t been available since 2020, when Apple removed the game from the App Store after Epic deliberately violated the App’s rules. Store for in-app payments and launched a long legal battle. .
But now Fortnite is coming back to iOS devices. Kind of.
NVIDIA has announced that it is working with Epic Games to develop a mobile version of Fortnite that works with NVIDIA’s GeForce Now game streaming service. A limited closed beta will begin next week and players will be able to register now for a chance to join.
Rather than a native app, this version of Fortnite will run in the Safari web browser on iPhone and iPad. The data will be streamed over the internet from NVIDIA’s servers, so you’ll need a reasonably fast, low-latency internet connection to play.
What differentiates the iOS version of Fortnite from most games in the GeForce Now game streaming library is that it is specifically optimized for mobile devices. This means that rather than using an external game controller, you can expect on-screen touch controls that will allow you to play without the need for additional hardware.
NVIDIA says it’s also working with other game developers to create touchscreen versions of games for streaming to mobile devices.
Note that you will need a GeForce Now Membership in order to stream Fortnight or other games from the service. But if you want to try out the service before you spend the money, there’s a free tier that offers basic features and support for game sessions lasting up to an hour, as well as paid subscriptions to from $10 per month (or less if you pay for 6 months at a time).