Announced in January, Fortnite takes advantage of the power of GeForce Now to take all platforms by storm, including Android and iOS. As with Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia’s service is rolling out the red carpet for Epic Games, which is thus making a comeback on all media.
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Months and months after being kicked out of the App Store and Play Store, Fortnite is part of the reconquest of smartphones and tablets thanks to a shock ally: GeForce Now.
In mid-January, the cloud gaming platform announced the upcoming arrival of the famous Battle Royale on iOS and Android through its service. Since this Thursday, May 19, it is now effective, after a closed beta with more than 500,000 players.
From now on, all GeForce Now subscribers, regardless of the subscription level, even free, can therefore enjoy the Epic Games game on PC, Mac, Nvidia Shield, but above all smartphones and tablets from which the game was officially banned. .
To succeed in this sleight of hand around the Epic Games game, Nvidia has therefore transformed the PC version available in its catalog into a version accessible from any device. But to take advantage of it, you will nevertheless have to use a little strategy.
The pretense of cloud gaming
Google and Apple having excluded Fortnite of their application stores, it is in fact via the Safari browser on iOS that players will be able to go and battle on Apple devices (iPhone, iPad). Nvidia had in the past announced the compatibility of GeForce Now on Safari in order to somehow circumvent Apple’s ban on an identified application. If you are on an Android mobile device, you can simply use the GeForce Now application for this.
Nvidia joins in this sense Xbox which announced a partnership with Epic Games to make Fortnite the first free game accessible to all players through its Xbox Cloud Gaming service, even without having an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Touch controls specially designed for Fortnite
Everything has nevertheless already been planned by Nvidia for this great return of Fortnite on mobile. The graphics card specialist explains that he worked closely with Epic Games to take care of the game’s functions and develop a touchscreen version perfectly suited to cloud gaming as well as the requirements of Battle Royale.
Touch controls are offered. They have been specifically designed by the GeForce Now teams who usually encourage you to connect a gamepad instead.
Win-win for Epic and Nvidia. The only thing to expect is access to the servers which are obviously much higher priority and for a longer game session if you have a Priority subscription or the latest RTX 3080.
A new vision for PC gaming on mobile
By offering himself Fortnite for the mobile versions, GeForce Now has done a good job and shows that it also has its hands on the many free games in its catalog as well as on media other than PC. It is also a demonstration of Nvidia’s ability to offer publishers a “mobile” version of their games to make them available to the greatest number of players, by providing more know-how in the creation of touch controls.
The Californian company has already announced it: it is working with other publishers to bring other PC titles to smartphones and tablets even more easily. And the message is strong: making a demanding PC game compatible with any mobile device thanks to the power of the servers and with the promise of graphic and technical developments opens up new horizons for game publishers.
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