NVIDIA GeForce NOW gets iOS Safari support (which means Fortnite is back)

Posted on Friday, Nov 20 2020 @ 10:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA announces the availability of a beta version of GeForce NOW for Apple's iOS Safari. GeForce NOW on iOS Safari requires the use of a gamepad, traditional keyboard and mouse-only games won't be available due to hardware limitations. This also means Fortnite will be playable again on iOS in the near future. NVIDIA is cooperating with Epic Games on creating a touch-friendly version of the game for GeForce NOW:
GeForce NOW transforms underpowered or incompatible hardware into high-performance GeForce gaming rigs.

Now, we’re bringing the world of PC gaming to iOS devices through Safari.

GeForce NOW is streaming on iOS Safari, in beta, starting today. That means more than 5 million GeForce NOW members can now access the latest experience by launching Safari from iPhone or iPad and visiting play.geforcenow.com.

Not a member? Get started by signing up for a Founders membership that offers beautifully ray-traced graphics on supported games, extended sessions lengths and front-of-the-line access. There’s also a free option for those who want to test the waters.

Right now is a great time to join. Founders memberships are available for $4.99/month or lock in an even better rate with a six-month Founders membership for $24.95.

All new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs come bundled with a GeForce NOW Founders membership, available to existing or new members.

Once logged in, you’re only a couple clicks away from streaming a massive catalog of the latest and most played PC games. Instantly jump into your games, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Destiny 2 Beyond Light, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and more. Founders members can also play titles like Watch Dogs: Legion with RTX ON and NVIDIA DLSS, even on their iPhone or iPad.

GeForce NOW on iOS Safari requires a gamepad — keyboard and mouse-only games aren’t available due to hardware limitations. For the best experience, you’ll want to use a GeForce NOW Recommended gamepad, like the Razer Kishi.

Fortnite, Coming Soon
Alongside the amazing team at Epic Games, we’re working to enable a touch-friendly version of Fortnite, which will delay availability of the game. While the GeForce NOW library is best experienced on mobile with a gamepad, touch is how over 100 million Fortnite gamers have built, battled and danced their way to Victory Royale.

We’re looking forward to delivering a cloud-streaming Fortnite mobile experience powered by GeForce NOW. Members can look for the game on iOS Safari soon.

More Games, More Game Stores
When you fire up your favorite game, you’re playing it instantly — that’s what it means to be Game Ready on GeForce NOW. The experience has been optimized for cloud gaming and includes Game Ready Driver performance improvements.

GeForce NOW platforms
NVIDIA manages the game updates and patches, letting you play the games you own at 1080p, 60FPS across nearly all of your devices. And when a game supports RTX, Founders members can play with beautifully ray-traced graphics and DLSS 2.0 for improved graphics fidelity.

PC games become playable across a wider range of hardware, removing the barriers across platforms. With the recent release of Among Us, Mac and Chromebook owners can now experience the viral sensation, just like PC gamers. Android owners can play the newest titles even when they’re away from their rig.

More than 750 PC games are now Game Ready on GeForce NOW, with weekly additions that continue to expand the library.

Coming soon, GeForce NOW will connect with GOG, giving members access to even more games in their library. The first GOG.com games that we anticipate supporting are CD PROJEKT RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The GeForce-Powered Cloud
Founders members have turned RTX ON for beautifully ray-traced graphics, and can run games with even higher fidelity thanks to DLSS. That’s the power to play that only a GeForce-powered cloud gaming service can deliver.

The advantages also extend to improving quality of service. By developing both the hardware and software streaming solutions, we’re able to easily integrate new GeForce technologies that reduce latency on good networks, and improve fidelity on poor networks.

These improvements will continue over time, with some optimizations already available and being felt by GeForce NOW members today.

Chrome Wasn’t Built in a Day
The first webRTC client running GeForce NOW was the Chromebook beta in August. In the months since, we’ve seen over 10 percent of gameplay in the Chrome web-based client.

GeForce NOW on Chrome
Soon we’ll bring that experience to more Chrome platforms, including Linux, PC, Mac and Android. Stay tuned for updates as we approach a full launch early next year.

Expanding to New Regions
The GeForce NOW Alliance continues to spread cloud gaming across the globe. The alliance is currently made up of LG U+ in Korea, KDDI and SoftBank in Japan, GFN.RU in Russia and Taiwan Mobile, which launched out of beta on Nov. 7.

In the weeks ahead, Zain KSA, the leading 5G telecom operator in Saudi Arabia, will launch its GeForce NOW beta for gamers, expanding cloud gaming into another new region.

More games. More platforms. Legendary GeForce performance. And now streaming on iOS Safari. That’s the power to play that only GeForce NOW can deliver.
On a related note, Google's Stadia streaming service will soon be available on the iOS platform as a web app. This mobile Safari version from Google is expected to enter testing in the coming weeks.

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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