Fortnite on iOS Gains Support for MFi Controllers

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Fortnite today has been updated to version 7.30 on the iOS App Store, introducing support for MFi controllers on iPhones and iPads. This means that controllers like the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice accessories can now be used to play Fortnite while connected to your iOS device (via TouchArcade).

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It's been nearly one year since Fortnite's Battle Royale mode launched as a standalone app on the iOS ‌App Store‌, first debuting as a beta in March 2018. The game tasks players with surviving in a 100-player battleground until they're the last person standing. On mobile, the game used an on-screen joystick to control your character before today's introduction of Bluetooth controller support.

Anyone playing Fortnite on iOS can use Cross Play to play with people on other consoles, like Xbox One, PC, and Mac. As Fortnite gained popularity, in June the game was estimated to have earned $100 million from players on the iOS ‌App Store‌ alone in the three months it had been available.

Today's update also introduces the Chiller Grenade, a new limited time mode called "Solid Gold," and various bug fixes. Android devices are also getting Bluetooth controller support as of the 7.30 update.

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dannys1 Avatar
26 months ago

Wait, what? I've never played Fortnite, but I assumed this game, being a shooter and all, supported MFi controllers from the start.

How did it take a YEAR to add support for something that makes the game so much easier to play??

Because they didn't want controller users destroying non controller users on mobile devices. They've now got an entire new back end that matches different inputs together - so controller on iPad/iPhone will match you with controller players on consoles and mobile.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
idji73 Avatar
26 months ago
Can the AppleTV version be coming soon now?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xenomorph Avatar
26 months ago
All MFi controllers are a disappointment, and it's Apple's fault. Their design makes them almost like a console controller, just missing 3 or 4 buttons. It makes direct console ports a little hard. And it holds back the Apple TV as something that could be a serious console.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jukens Avatar
26 months ago

All MFi controllers are a disappointment, and it's Apple's fault. Their design makes them almost like a console controller, just missing 3 or 4 buttons. It makes direct console ports a little hard. And it holds back the Apple TV as something that could be a serious console.

That was correct a year ago but since iOS 12.1 L3/R3 buttons are now supported and there are a few models that have all console buttons and then some. RotorRiot is one and I will be receiving W18 Wireless Controller Gamepad Game MFI Certified Bluetooth Speedy Joystick Joypad today. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M997R3M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_J.huCbK47MSRV
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GeneralChang Avatar
26 months ago
Okay, now the ability to play cross-platform from phones to consoles makes sense.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saipher Avatar
26 months ago

Can the AppleTV version be coming soon now?

^This please!
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