Epic Games has won its war with Apple on a technical point.
Fortnite is now available for free on iPhone and iPad thanks to an Xbox flaw.
Xbox’s new GamePass update brings banned play back to Apple devices via Xbox Game Cloud on almost any device with an internet connection and a supported browser.
Apple banned the game from its App Store in 2021 after Epic Games launched its own in-app store, without Apple’s 30% fee.
Gamers may soon be saying goodbye to expensive consoles and computers. Now anyone with an internet-connected device can play the world’s biggest game for free.
Fortnite can now be played on almost any device with a screen thanks to a new Xbox Cloud Gaming update.
The update was announced by Xbox today, alongside a number of updates to Microsoft’s cloud gaming service.
And the other great thing, players don’t have to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass to play – meaning it’s essentially free.
As long as you have a stable internet connection and a Microsoft account, you can now play Fortnite on almost any device.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is still in beta stage but is widely available across Australia.
According to Xbox, more than 10 million people worldwide have streamed games through their cloud service.
“We’ll learn, implement feedback, and over time look to bring even more free titles to players through the cloud,” she said.
Playing Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad doesn’t require a controller, the browser game is fully touchscreen compatible.
When you access the Xbox website through your device, you will be advised to add the Xbox Cloud to your homepage as a bookmark.
This essentially acts as a full-screen app, allowing touch controls and access to the games library.
I played a quick game of Fortnite on my iPhone over 4G. It started well but my game ended after a serious delay. It is recommended to play cloud gaming over a stable Wi-Fi connection.
To play other cloud games, you must subscribe to Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass ultimate.
For more information on compatible games and fees, visit the Xbox website.