FORNITE fans may soon be able to play the game on their iPhones again following its drastic ban from the Apple App Store.
That’s because the battle royale hit will soon be available on a cloud gaming service run by US tech company Nvidia, the BBC. reported Thursday.
Nvidia Corp has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service that runs on the Safari mobile web browser, according to the report.
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, while Epic declined to comment.
Nvidia said it would not comment on new customers coming into the service, or the availability of any games on unannounced or unreleased platforms.
The company is expected to announce updates to its GeForce Now service later this month with support for Apple’s iOS.
Apple’s rules require cloud gaming companies to submit each game title in the catalog as a separate app for Apple to review.
The master catalog application would then provide links to the individual titles.
That requirement puts a damper on the seamless experience that cloud gaming companies aim to provide their users.
Microsoft, which has a game streaming feature in its Xbox Game Pass premium subscription, has previously criticized Apple for such rules.
fortnite was banned from app store in August over a legal dispute over the large commission Apple charges for iPhone apps.
Video game streaming: how does it work?
We explain everything…
- When you watch a movie, the images you see are already prepared
- That’s why the very unsophisticated computers inside your television, DVD player, or computer can play movie images.
- But video games render images in real time, because a game never knows what you’re going to do next.
- That means you need a lot more computational weight to produce game footage, compared to standard film.
- So if you want amazing PC-style 4K graphics, you’ll need to fork out for an expensive computer.
- Alternatively, you can use game streaming technology
- The idea is that a company like Google, Microsoft or Sony is in charge of generating the visuals on powerful computers at its own headquarters.
- It would then send what is effectively a video of that game to your smartphone
- You tap and play, and those commands are sent to Microsoft or Sony, who then input them into the game and send the images back to you.
- Because modern Internet connections are so fast, all of this happens in milliseconds.
- The resulting effect is PC-style 4K graphics on a smartphone, which is only possible because the graphics aren’t being rendered by the phone.
- It also means that you could be playing an Xbox or PlayStation game on your console and then leave the house and continue playing on your iPhone.
- This kind of technology could eventually do away with game consoles for good, because all you need is a TV with built-in game streaming technology and a controller to play games.
- But game streaming is still trying to take off
- Sony bought a game streamer called OnLive, but shut it down in 2015
- Google launched the relatively successful Stadia last year
- And Microsoft is currently preparing to launch its xCloud streaming service.
The American company keeps 30 percent of the money earned by the applications through the App Store: the manufacturer of Fortnite, Epic Games, was blocked from the store after it tried to circumvent this fee.
A bitter court battle between Epic and Apple continues.
Epic is asking a Northern California court to make Apple put Fortnite back on the App Store after the California firm blocked the app last month.
The ban means that fans around the world can no longer download the app from the App Store or receive updates for the app.
Epic says that daily Fornite player activity on iPhone has dropped by 60 percent since the ban.
Epic is suing Apple over the restrictions, which were issued after Epic violated in-app payment guidelines.
Apple cited a direct payment feature implemented in the Fortnite app on August 13 as the breach.
Previously, Epic used in-app payment systems that gave Apple a 30 percent share of funds generated from player purchases.
Epic sued in US court not asking for money from Apple, but for an injunction that would end many of the company’s app store practices.
The California firm has come under fire in recent years for operating a “monopoly” in which it stifles competition and makes colossal cuts in sales made through its App Store.
The full court hearing began in late August and it doesn’t look like Fortnite will be making a comeback on the App Store anytime soon.
In other news, check out our first version of Call of Duty Cold War Multiplayer.
We recently spoke with one of the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War designers about the game multiplayer mode.
And, we recently spoke to the creators of Warzone about the future of the derivative game.
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