The world of video games is changing. Although the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles are all the rage at the moment, cloud gaming is lurking on the horizon. Services like Microsoft’s xCloud, Google’s Stadia, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are pushing the boundary of what’s possible in gaming.
The latter is preparing to enter the iOS market. However, it won’t be doing so via Apple’s official App Store. Instead, GeForce Now will be accessible through Safari for both iPhones and iPads. All of the service’s five million subscribers will be able to play supported games on their iOS mobile devices.
Expanding to iOS
Nvidia’s gaming hardware makes it possible for PC players to build some of the most powerful rigs in the world. However, that isn’t a realistic possibility for everyone. The idea behind GeForce Now is that streaming turns any device into a high-performance machine that can run top-tier games.
That includes titles like “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” “Destiny 2: Beyond Light,” “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” and many more.
Soon, those games will be available on iOS thanks to the new Safari version of GeForce Now. Due to the nature of the games, players will need to have a mobile gamepad or wireless controller that can connect to their device. Nvidia recommends the Razer Kishi thanks to its terrific performance and a form factor that is ideal for mobile gaming. However, there are plenty of options to choose from depending on your budget.
Regardless, the fact that iPhones will now be able to access titles that were previously only available on consoles and PCs is exciting news.
Players can access GeForce Now games in 1080p and 60fps. Ray tracing is also supported by the streaming service for games that have the feature enabled. In other words, you won’t be compromising graphics performance when playing on a mobile device (aside from the smaller screen).
Both Apple fans and “Fortnite” players were disappointed in August when the popular game was removed from the App Store. Of course, that happened because Epic Games tried to get out of paying Apple’s 30 percent App Store “tax” by offering its own in-app payment methods.
While “Fortnite” won’t be re-admitted to the App Store anytime soon, players can now look forward to its return to iOS. Nvidia is currently working with Epic Games to develop a touch-friendly version of the game for GeForce Now.
Players will need to download the PC version from Epic, sign in, and then it will be accessible on the iOS version of GeForce Now. That’s a major win for gamers and a blow to Apple as it removes any leverage the company had to try and bring Epic back to the App Store. Due to the collaboration, it remains unclear when “Fortnite” will return to iOS. However, gamers should take solace in the fact that it is on the horizon.
Aside from “Fortnite,” GeForce Now will soon support a number of other popular titles. InnerSloth’s pulse-pounding hit “Among Us” is making its debut now.
On December 10, CD Projekt Red’s “Cyberpunk 2077” will arrive on the streaming platform. That gives players yet another way to experience one of the year’s most-anticipated titles.