So far, this is the only effective way to bypass the App Store restrictions by making your streaming services available on Apple mobile devices.
Nvidia launched GeForce Now on February 4th. The cloud platform allows games purchased from digital stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, and Uplay to run through remote servers and broadcast video to multiple devices (Windows, macOS, Android, Shield TV, and Chromebook). In Ukraine, you can subscribe to the cloud service through the Russian partner platform GFN.ru.
November 19, NVIDIA reported on the availability of the GeForce Now cloud gaming service on Apple mobile devices – You can play PC games from the GeForce Now library on iPhone and iPad using the Safari browser. The browser version of GeForce NOW requires the latest version of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2.
It would help if you also had a gamepad to control games from the GeForce NOW library when launched through Safari. For this reason, it will not work to launch PC games in which the only control is a mouse and keyboard. NVIDIA has confirmed that it is working with developers at Epic Games on a touch-based version of Fortnite Battle Royale, promising it will be available on GeForce NOW via Safari “soon.”
Recall that the online action was removed from the app store at the end of August due to a conflict between Epic Games and Apple over commissions, which eventually escalated into legal proceedings (the trial in the Apple and Epic Games case take place no earlier than July 2021). A few days ago, Apple announced a reduction in commission from 30% to 15% for developers with income less than a million dollars a year (from January 1, 2021). This decision is the head of Epic Games Tim Sweeney named A “calculated move” designed to appease critics and confuse the developer community.
However, shortly, the browser version of GeForce NOW on iOS will be the only way to play Fortnite on iPhone and iPad.
NVIDIA promised to add support for GOG games to GeForce NOW by December 10 – just in time for the release of Cyberpunk 2077 (the hotly anticipated cyberpunk action RPG CD Projekt RED has expanded the catalog along with The Witcher 3). The “green” confirmed that in early 2021 it will be possible to launch GeForce NOW through the Chrome browser.
Immediately following the NVIDIA announcement, Google announced the upcoming launch of the browser version of the Stadia streaming service on iOS “in the coming weeks.” Last month, it became known that Microsoft too prepares a browser version of iCloud for iOS, which is expected in early 2021. The recently launched Amazon Luna streaming service also runs via Safari on iOS.
- In September, Apple updated App Store rules, formally allowing game streaming services like Stadia and xCloud. But in fact, the restrictions (the requirement of a separate page and direct download from the App Store for each title) remained. However, the rules do not apply to third-party services running in Safari or other web browsers.