Fortnite set to return to iPhones via Nvidia cloud gaming service

Alonzo Simpson
November 21, 2020

GeForce Now is currently primarily distributed via Mac and PC apps, as well as through dedicated apps on Android and its Nvidia Shield streaming box.

GeForce NOW was bogged down by the same problems as Google's Stadia and Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming, after Apple argued that the iPhone and iPad apps didn't comply with its rules.

Google Stadia, the video game streaming service that turned one year old this week, is coming to iOS devices soon. To deliver the Fortnite mobile experience that iOS users expect, NVIDIA has partnered directly with Epic Games to provide "a touch-friendly version of Fortnite". "While the GeForce NOW library is best experienced on mobile with a gamepad, touch is how over 100 million Fortnite gamers have built, battled and danced their way to Victory Royale", the company announced today. Rather than loading up GeForce NOW in an app, you can visit it in the iOS Safari browser. Players who already access Fortnite on mobile, console, and PC have in all likelihood already linked their accounts and should have no trouble syncing their data across platforms.

Plans for what is, in effect, a workaround were first reported by the BBC in early November.

Despite this scintillating news that mobile Safari will allow Fortnite to take a backdoor into the iOS platform, users no doubt would prefer that Apple and Epic kiss and make up so that the iOS Fortnite app can return. Apple in August became the center of two separate but related controversies. Simply fire up the browser, head to, sign into your account, and start gaming.

The streaming service will be available in the US and Europe, according to Nvidia's FAQ, but there are already plans to expand worldwide.

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Google has just confirmed its Stadia service will soon run on iOS devices via a web app.

Google hasn't revealed when exactly Stadia will launch on iOS, but confirmed that public testing for the service will begin in "several weeks from now". Nvidia said that change "will delay availability of the game".

The debut of GeForce NOW on the iPhone is likely to be just the beginning of browser-based cloud-powered gaming in the iOS world, so don't be too surprised if more companies follow in NVIDIA's footsteps with a similar approach.

But Nvidia hasn't tested the new PlayStation 5 console's DualSense controller and can not confidently say it will work.

There are hundreds of games to choose from, but note you will need a compatible controller to play them. Do many of you use GFN from time to time?

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