A diagram explaining the system also notes that indie games would be supported alongside AAA via third party launchers. Users would be given the option to subscribe, buy games, or ‘BYOG’ – Bring your own game (presumably by linking with accounts like Steam and porting across your existing library).
Among the new details in the emails, Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein sent messages detailing a clip that would attach a phone to a controller, in order for players to use Walmart’s system. “They’re going to sell the clip for a crazy low amount, they were saying something like $2,” said Rein. He notes that the kickstand is the “killer part” of the device, and made it “more comfortable than playing on a Nintendo Switch.”
Rein also had the opportunity to play games using the service, which he detailed in the thread. “I played Walmart’s demo on an Android phone (with and Xbox controller) and the experience felt like playing on a PS4 and superior to playing on Android or iOS,” he said. “They also moved it over to a laptop in real-time (video stream hopped from phone to laptop instantly) and I played there too. Again, it was VASTLY superior to playing it on my daughter’s Surface Pro laptop.”It is unclear if Project Storm is still in development or if the idea has been abandoned, but a beta period was originally planned for July 2019. As for Epic’s streaming partnership plans, eventually the company partnered with Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming system to make Fortnite available for cloud gaming.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.