After four months in closed beta, a touchscreen-optimized version of Fortnite is now available to stream via Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service on iOS and Android. It means that iPhone users have another solution to play one of the most popular games in the world after it was unceremoniously booted from the App Store in August 2020 to bypass Apple’s in-app payment system. On iOS, GeForce Now is available through the browser, while Android owners can access it through an app†
The official launch follows a beta period of months in which 500,000 people have streamed more than 4 million Fortnite sessions through the service, according to Nvidia. As a result of the tests, Nvidia claims it has been able to optimize its “on-screen touch controls and game menus”. Hopefully, the changes will address a control scheme that my colleague Jay Peters called “picky” in January.
iOS users have the most to gain from this touch-optimized version of Fortnite coming to GeForce Now, as Android users can still install the game natively via sideloading. The PC version of Fortnite was previously available to stream on Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, which is also available on Windows, macOS, Android TV, select LG TVs, and through browsers including Chrome and Edge. That said, Fortnite is available on most of these hardware already, so it may be easier to play the free-to-play game natively in many cases.
This touch-optimized version of Fortnite on GeForce Now has been coming up for a long time with Epic and Nvidia announcing their intention to stream the game to iOS in November 2020. Since then, the game has actually been released on Microsoft’s rival Xbox Cloud Gaming service, where it launched earlier this month. Like GeForce Now, Xbox Cloud Gaming is only available on iOS via web browsers due to Apple’s restrictions on game streaming services.
As part of today’s announcement, Nvidia says it’s offering beta testers three free days of Priority membership to GeForce Now, the mid-level tier that normally costs $8.99 per month. It can be redeemed via redeem.nvidia.combut you need to subscribe to the service’s most expensive RTX 3080 tier at $19.99/month to stream Fortnite at 120fps on compatible Android devices.
Nvidia claims its cloud gaming service now includes a library of 1,300 games available through a combination of Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Update May 19, 9:58 AM ET: Updated to note that the PC version of Fortnite was previously available to stream via GeForce Now.