August 9, 2022
Fortnite for iOS, Android enter closed beta testing with touchscreen support on Nvidia’s GeForce Now

Fortnite is one step closer to making an unofficial return to 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 the iPhone and iPad. The service will allow gamers on Apple’s smartphones and tablets to access the title for the first time since it was removed from the App Store in 2020. Nvidia and Epic Games are yet to reveal when gamers will be able to stream Fortnite on iOS devices.

Nvidia announced Thursday that it’s working with Epic Games to bring Fortnite to GeForce Now, the streaming service that’s available for download via the Play Store on Android devices. iPhone and iPad users don’t have access to the GeForce Now app, and will instead have to stream games in Safari. service website states The game is in a “limited time closed beta” for iOS on Safari and Android smartphones, and users can register to play the touchscreen optimized version of Fortnite.

While gamers can already stream Fortnite on GeForce Now desktop and mobile, the service requires a gamepad, or a mouse and keyboard combination. The new touch-control version in closed beta testing will allow gamers with touch controls to try their hand at Fortnite on their smartphone. As mentioned earlier, gamers on iOS will be able to play Fortnite for the first time since August 2020, when Apple booted Fortnite from the App Store. According to Nvidia, gamers will need to sign up for a GeForce Now account, and both Free and Priority accounts will have an “equal chance” of playing the closed beta.

Epic Games has partnered with Nvidia to bring Fortnite only to mobile devices, and the publisher has yet to announce any plans to bring the game to Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service, which offers in-house apps like Apple and Google. Takes 30 percent commission on app purchases. Streamed games don’t offer the same performance as the original game, but iOS users currently don’t have the option to download official games, unlike Android users. Nvidia hasn’t yet disclosed the duration of the closed beta, or when the service will be available to all mobile gamers.

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