Steve May 5, 2022

Epic’s Fortnite Now Free To Play on Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming for Mobile, Desktop, Console (cnet.com)

Posted by msmash from the enemy-of-enemy-is-friend dept.

Since Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming launched two years ago, more than 10 million people worldwide have streamed games through the service. That number’s likely to jump a bit higher as a result of a partnership Microsoft struck with Epic Games to offer Epic’s hit title Fortnite for free through Xbox Cloud Gaming. From a report: The move will effectively let people play Fortnite in a way similar to how they stream videos from companies like Netflix, regardless of how beefy their gaming device is. Unlike previous efforts, Microsoft said this agreement applies to anyone who wants to play, with or without a subscription. Gamers will be able to play on an iPhone or iPad or a device powered by Google’s Android software, even though both Apple and Google have banned Fortnite from their respective app stores amid an ongoing legal dispute. “This is just the beginning for us — we’re going to learn, implement feedback, and in time look to bring even more free-to-play titles to players through the cloud,” Microsoft said in a statement. The service will be available for free in 26 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and the US.

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