Fortnite is back on the iPhone. But not the way you think. No, Apple did not hold an olive branch in the Epic Games. Fortnite’s return is due to Microsoft, its Xbox Cloud Gaming service available on various devices.
Epic Games has partnered with Microsoft to provide Fortnite on any device that can access the Xbox cloud gaming service – all for free.
Apple launched Fortnite in the App Store after it found the publisher of Epic Games violating its policies. Epic Games, later, sued Apple for charging developers a higher 30 percent commission on App Store payments.
The fight lasted a long time between the two companies, but users were on the losing side. Accessing Fornite on the iPhone all this time was difficult, if not impossible, so Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, to replace it and that, for free, is a good rest.
“Reminders you all! Fortnite is now available to play FREE Streaming on web browsers on iPhone, iPad, and Android via Xbox Cloud.
No registration required, no Apple tax of 30%, ”Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, wrote on Twitter, highlighting how the company’s partnership with Microsoft to reach out to Cloudite Clouds is the best way to avoid Apple’s ban.
Fortnite is the first free gaming theme featured on Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming. Microsoft says you just need a Microsoft account to play Fortnite and nothing else.
However, it does not include the fact that Xbox Cloud Gaming is only available in 26 countries and India is not one of them. But in supported countries, you can access Xbox Cloud Gaming on any device running Android, iOS, iPadOS, or Windows, as long as your internet connection meets the minimum requirements.
Games are streamed to web browsers, so you do not even need to install anything on your device.
Microsoft has said the Fortnite browser version will support touch controls and gamepads, including Xbox controllers and Valve’s Steam Deck. But with Xbox Cloud Gaming in beta right now, Microsoft will test player feedback and use that to deliver more free gaming titles to its cloud gaming service.
Cloud games are believed to be the next revolution in the gaming industry. Not just Microsoft, but all other major gaming companies have their own cloud gaming services.
For example, Nvidia has GeForce Now – the only other Fornite platform in the cloud, Google has Google Stadia, and Sony PlayStation has PS Now.
Thus, more and more developers are bringing their AAA and other titles into the cloud as they are likely to reach more users because cloud games eliminate the need for advanced game settings such as console or machine.