Players on iPhone and iPad could be back on the Battle Bus before Christmas thanks to a workaround involving Nvidia’s new cloud gaming service.
Back in August, Fortnite fans using iOS became the unfortunate victims of Epic’s sudden and fierce attack on tech giant Apple. After violating terms and conditions by circumventing Apple’s proprietary in-app payment system, Fortnite was removed from the App Store.
Fast forward to late September, and the preliminary stage of the antitrust lawsuit between the two companies. Federal judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers was not impressed by Epic’s strategy and recommended a jury trial, which is scheduled to begin in March 2021.
With the case unresolved, gamers on Apple devices were left unable to enjoy Fortnite. However, it seems that there may soon be another option.
To say the least, it's disappointing knowing it will be more weeks/months without Fortnite on iOS. The community will continue to deteriorate as it has been, and there is no realistic end in sight :,(— DuckyTheGamer (@duckybtw) September 28, 2020
Nvidia’s GeForce Now is a cloud-based game streaming service which “instantly transforms nearly any laptop, desktop, Mac, SHIELD TV or Android mobile device into the PC gaming rig you’ve always dreamed of”.
Whilst it has not yet been officially confirmed that the service is coming to iOS, a recent report from the BBC claims that “Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service that runs in the mobile web browser safari” and it is “expected to do so (make an announcement) before the winter holidays”.
GeForce Now offers free, 1-hour sessions as well as extended sessions for a monthly subscription. With Fortnite also being free-to-play, this would allow iPhone/iPad owners to jump back into the action at little to no cost.
Of course, this isn’t quite the same as playing via the app. Streaming data from the cloud will also result in poorer overall performance, with input delay and lag potentially dampening the experience.
Finally, there is no guarantee that Fortnite would be offered should GeForce Now expand to iOS. The popular Battle Royale is currently promoted by Nvidia as a downloadable title, however Apple may step in to try and remove this option for their devices.
Still facing multiple months without Fortnite, many Apple users will be hoping that this turns out to be at least a semi-viable solution.