As discovered by BBC News, Fortnite is coming back to iPhones and iPads via an upcoming version of Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service that runs in the mobile web browser Safari. iOS users will be able to play Fortnite via Nvidia’s service without any charge.
While both Fortnite and GeForce Now’s basic tier offer free access, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service does limit these sessions to one hour. It is also unclear whether playing via the cloud will put players at a disadvantage.
Nvidia uses remote computer servers to process the players’ commands and to generate graphics. Streaming the relevant data back and forth to the mobile devices introduces a very short delay.
Winning or losing Fortnite’s multiplayer battles can come down to split-second decisions, so lag could be a problem.
In any case, Apple will not be getting a cut of virtual items sold within the Battle Royale fighting title when played this way on iOS, which is what had led the iPhone-maker to remove the game from its App Store in the first place.
Nvidia’s GeForce Now is currently available for Mac, Windows, Android, and Chromebook computers.
The company has not yet formally announced that it is bringing the service to iOS but is expected to do so before the holiday season.