Epic Games and Microsoft are collaborating to bring Fortnite to Xbox Cloud Gaming. The megahit battle royale is now available to stream on PC and even iOS and iPad devices.
Anyone interested in playing Epic’s Battle Royale just needs a Microsoft account and an iOS device or Windows PC with internet access to play instantly through a browser. There is no need to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass as Fortnite remains free-to-play via Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Xbox Cloud Gaming allows users to play games instantly without having to install a game locally on their device. The service is typically part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but no membership is required to play Fortnite. Instead, players can sign in to a web browser with their Microsoft account via xbox.com/play to begin playing Fortnite.
The browser-based version of Fortnite means players can bypass Apple’s decision to remove Fortnite from the iOS App Store. Nvidia did something similar for a limited time when it brought Fortnite to its GeForce Now streaming platform.
This new free-to-play offering aims to bolster Xbox Cloud Gaming, which Microsoft announced is being used by over 10 million players.
Xbox cloud gaming isn’t the primary benefit of an Xbox Game Pass subscription, which grants members access to a library of games, including first-party Xbox titles. But as an added service, IGN has found that Xbox Cloud Gaming works, if not perfectly. When it works, it’s amazing to load a full game in seconds despite playing at a lower resolution and with a slight lag depending on the internet.
Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN. you can reach him @lawoftd.
https://www.ign.com/articles/xbox-cloud-gaming-fortnite-free-ios-pc Xbox Cloud Gaming brings Fortnite to PC and iOS devices for free