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Nvidia uses the same weapon as its ally; eschewing Apple’s App Store rules and launching a mobile web app version of its GeForce Now cloud gaming service. You can take a look at the service right now and even register a profile there, though it’s still a beta version. However, more than five million users are enjoying the service right now, and they can dive into it on an iPhone or iPad straight away.

Nvidia has remarked that it’s planning to expand the support for its existing desktop, Chrome-based version of GeForce Now. At present, it only works on Chromebooks, but soon it’ll be available on more platforms including Android, Linux, and Mac. You can get GeForce Now via Mac and PC apps, and also through Android apps and its Nvidia Shield streaming box. 

A Triumphal comebak of Fortnite

When Nvidia will launch its iOS upgrade it’ll be a double holiday. A triumphal comeback of Fortnite on Apple devices! It’ll be the first time Apple users can freely play the game since payment wars began between parent company Epic Games and Apple. You can find Fortnite’s PC version in GeForce Now as well as other Epic Game Store titles, thanks to the mutual partnership of Nvidia and Epic. 

If you’re that unlucky mobile Fortnite player who has no access to the game, there’s a way out. You can request the game on Epic’s PC store and sign in with your account. Other players who are enjoying the game across other platforms have already linked their profiles and they can access GeForce Now without any trouble. 

Nvidia Geforce Now cloud gaming service
Fortnite comes back with Nvidia cloud gaming service. Image credit: nvidia.com

Rubbing salt into fresh wounds, a few months ago, iOS Fortnite players were forced to change their habitual way of running the game due to Apple’s conflicts with the video game industry. In August, Apple was swallowed into gaming controversies.

The first was when Epic Games released an update for Fortnite with an in-game payment system. The update was a straight violation of Apple payment policies and the company banned Fortnite from the App Store. The same thing happened with Google, who removed the app too. Both companies take a monster-like 30 percent cut from developers; as a result, Epic sued both companies for anti-competitive actions.

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The iconic Apple’s scene used in Fortnite video to strike the company. Image credit: itc.ua

The second conflict is based on Apple’s decision to occupy cloud gaming territory. The Verge notices in its original article that Apple closed all doors for cloud gaming services, pointing out that cloud gaming platforms violate App Store policies barring platforms that stream games. Later, Apple turned down the heat by providing cloud game service with an exemption: an App Store review required developers to submit all games and they’d need to follow the 30 percent commission structure like other apps.

That wasn’t the end of the saga. Apple told cloud gaming services to use the mobile web if they found the rules too strict. Microsoft and Facebook publicly criticized Apple for such a position. Google and Nvidia decided to leave without any comments.

After Apple’s urging, Microsoft and Nvidia had only one way to go — the mobile web. Nvidia is ready to launch its WebRTC-based version of GeForce Now on mobile Safari today in beta. Microsoft isn’t in a hurry with the release of an iOS version of xCloud, so we should expect it sometime next year. 

It’s important to notice that Nvidia has got some restrictions. A list of allowed controllers is pretty humble, though still beloved: the Xbox One gamepad, Sony’s DualShock 4, and supported mobile-first controllers like the Razer Kishi. Nvidia also adds that a vast majority of GeForce Now games that work well with gamepads will also run as well on mobile. 

The situation with PlayStation 5 DualSense isn’t clear. Luckily, we know that touch controls will work, but not as accurately as we’d like. The point is the service streams a PC version of the title, not a mobile compatible version. Mice and keyboards won’t work because some problems occurred with the current design of the mobile web client.

As for new gaming experiences, Among Us, the huge co-op game from InnetSloth and Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red, will come to Nvidia.

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