Fortnite is finally returning to iOS… sort of

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Thanks to a new collaboration between Epic Games and Nvidia GeForce Now, Fortnite will once again be playable on Apple hardware.

After the popular battle royale title was booted from iOS devices in August 2020, and permanently blacklisted in September last year following a legal dispute between Epic and Apple, it looked like iPhone and iPad players would never Will also not be able to return to Fortnite.

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This is no longer the case, however, as Nvidia has announced a closed beta that will allow GeForce Now members to stream the game to their smartphones via the iOS Safari browser or the GeForce Now Android app.

And to make it feel like a real return to iOS devices, the beta will allow players to use Fortnite’s mobile touch controls — although you can also use the gamepad for a more optimal experience.

The beta is open for registration and selected participants will be able to access it later this month. However, the best news is that – according to an Nvidia press release – “a paid GeForce Now subscription is not required to participate.”

Free members, however, can only access a streamed performance that mimics a basic rig and can only play in sessions that are up to an hour long before booting up and waiting in line. are forced to rejoin. For $9.99 / £8.99 / AU$19.99 per month, players can upgrade to a Priority subscription for six-hour sessions and servers that can handle 1080p at 60FPS.

For $99.99 / £89.99 per six months, you can access the RTX 3080 tier for eight-hour-long sessions and servers that mimic gaming rigs that use the RTX 3080 GPU.

Paid tiers have priority over accessing servers for regular use, but it’s unclear whether they will also have priority when Nvidia chooses players to be added to the closed beta. We have reached out to Nvidia for clarification on the matter.

Even if you’re not successfully added to the beta right away, don’t lose hope — Nvidia has said batches of new players will be added in the coming weeks as it tests server loads.

We’ve requested a comment from Apple to find out what its view is on the situation — as this new strategy sidesteps its attempt to ban Fortnite from iOS devices. If we get any feedback we’ll be sure to update you.

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