Fortnite Becomes First Free-to-Play Game on Xbox Cloud Gaming

Posted on May 5, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Games, Project xCloud, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 3 Comments

Microsoft has teamed up with Epic Games to make Fortnite the first free-to-play game available on Xbox Cloud Gaming. Starting today, the popular battle royale game is accessible on xbox.com/play, and the game also supports touch controls on phones and tablets.

“It’s an important step to add a Free-to-Play title to the cloud gaming catalog as we continue our cloud journey. We’re starting with Fortnite and will look to bring more Free-to-Play games people love in the future,” said Catherine Gluckstein, Vice President and Head of Product, Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Fortnite coming to Xbox Cloud Gaming also means that iOS and Android users now have an alternative to using the native versions that Epic Games pulled from the App Store and Google Play Store last year. All you need to play is a web browser and a Microsoft account, though keep in mind that Xbox Cloud Gaming is currently only available in 26 markets.

Microsoft also used this Fortnite announcement to highlight Xbox Cloud Gaming momentum today:

  • Xbox Cloud Gaming crossed 10 million players on more than 6,000 types of devices since launch
  • Over 350 games on the Xbox Game Pass catalog are now cloud-enabled
  • 150 of these cloud-enabled games now support touch controls
  • On average, Microsoft sees a 2x increase in play for games that have touch controls, and 20% of Xbox Cloud Gaming users use touch exclusively.
  • On average, Xbox Cloud Gaming players discover and play nearly twice as many games as Xbox Game Pass members who don’t play on cloud.

Xbox Cloud Gaming still requires a $14.99/month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to access, but it’s good to see Microsoft starting to open up the platform with free-to-play games, no subscription required. “At Xbox we want to make gaming accessible to the 3 billion players around the world, and cloud has an important role in that mission. Quite simply we want you to have more choice in both the games you play and the way you choose to play them,” Gluckstein said today.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Fortnite Becomes First Free-to-Play Game on Xbox Cloud Gaming”

  1. christianwilson

    This is a big deal. Fortnite is still going strong and becoming free-to-play on Xbox Cloud Gaming should get a lot of people on board. If it works well enough for players, that Game Pass subscription is just one step away. Smart business move.


    Fortnite was already playable on mobile via GeForce Now but unless you pay for a subscription, GFN has some limitations. There's very little barrier to entry playing Fortnite on Xbox Cloud Gaming (assuming your internet connection is capable and is supported in your region).

  2. abdulla77

    Super excited where we're headed with cloud gaming.. unfortunately, there's one issue. Lack of global availability (at least for me here in the Middle East region). I could understand there may be some technical hurdles to pass through in order to do this unfortunately. The funny thing is we have local servers for Valorant with single digit ping rates, same with Activision games, and yet Microsoft is no where to be seen..


    I would believe Samsung's app store with access to games and Apple app store (and specifically Apple Arcade) has a better reach globally and hence people can give it a try wherever they are. The other player that could easily push gaming globally would also be Netflix, if they wanted to. Microsoft? Not yet..

  3. CandaceMatthews

    Tôi tin rằng cửa hàng ứng dụng của Samsung với quyền truy cập vào các trò chơi và cửa hàng ứng dụng của Apple (và cụ thể là Apple Arcade) có khả năng tiếp cận tốt hơn trên toàn cầu và do đó mọi người có thể thử nó ở bất cứ đâu.