After the lawsuit between Apple and Epic was settled last September, where the federal court returned its final verdict in Apple’s favor on all counts, the chances of Fortnite ever coming back to iOS were down to zero.
But fret not, as Nvidia’s GeForce Now service is officially making its way to iOS next week. For those who don’t know, GeForce Now is a revolutionary form of cloud computing from Nvidia that lets you log into a personal cloud instance and play games online. While the service is free for an hour each day, the paid model isn’t that expensive, only costing around $9 for an RTX 3080-level performance instance with priority access.
With official support for Apple devices coming next week, iOS users can now access GeForce Now services through the Safari browser on their device. Epic is also launching a specially revamped mobile version of Fortnite that will be touch-friendly and only available through GeForce Now. The beta will not be public and anyone interested can participate in the version, but remember that only a limited number of players will be allowed. Also, the beta version will be available for both paid and free GeForce Now users.
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In a blog post about the launch next week, Nvidia said:
“While PC games in the GeForce Now library are best experienced on mobile with a gamepad, the introduction of touch controls developed by the GeForce Now team gives gamers more options, starting with Fortnite. And we’re just getting started. Cloud-to-mobile gaming is a great opportunity for publishers to get their games into the hands of more players with touch-friendly versions of their games. PC games or game engines like Unreal Engine 4 that support Windows touch events can easily enable mobile touch support on GeForce Now.” – Nvidia Corporation
While Fortnite isn’t officially coming to iOS as a gaming app on the App Store, the possibility of Apple blocking Nvidia’s GeForce Now service on iOS is close to zero. It looks like Epic found a loophole in Apple’s bans policy, as it will be extremely difficult for Apple to block access to GeForce Now via Safari without negative press and big criticism from iOS users and Nvidia.
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