Epic Games’ ‘Fortnite’ is coming back to phones via Xbox cloud gaming

To bring Fortnite back to phones, Microsoft has announced a new partnership with Epic Games, which will enable users to play Fortnite through Xbox cloud gaming and free on all enabled devices and supported browsers. There are a variety of devices that are compatible with Fortnite such as Android and iOS devices, including iPads and iPhones. 

The users will need either a Microsoft account or iOS, iPadOS, Android phone or tablet, or Windows PC with an internet connection to play Fortnite in a cloud-supported market. There is no installation or membership required, all a user needs to do is to go to Xbox’s website through their browser and sign in with their Microsoft account. After signing in, the users will enter the games with touchscreen controls or an Xbox controller.

Previously, the game was available to play in browsers using Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but this new version is free for anyone with an Xbox account. This is the first time that Microsoft is bringing an entire game for free to its cloud service.

In 2020, the game Fortnite was removed from Apple and Google mobile app stores as Epic Games allowed the players to purchase V-Bucks (game currency) directly from Epic instead of through the App Stores. This move bypassed stores’ cut for the purchase price, hence violating Apple’s App Store agreement.