Epic Games’ Fortnite is now available to play on the Nvidia SHIELD TV, but what does that mean for Android users around the world that are waiting to play the game on their phone?
The new GeForce NOW cloud gaming service for SHIELD TV owners has been rolled out for users across the US. It comes with a range of AAA gaming titles available to be streamed to their Android TV box.
The most notable of these is Fortnite, a game that has taken over the world in 2018 and is also available to play on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and iOS.
#Fortnite Season 5 is live and available to play on #GeForceNOW. Here's everything you need to know! pic.twitter.com/nW37MmPtPB
— NVIDIA SHIELD (@NVIDIASHIELD) July 12, 2018
Epic Games has promised that an Android version of the game is also on the way but, despite Nvidia’s SHIELD device technically using an Android operating system, the can the GeForce NOW Fortnite experience really be classed as an Android release?
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One could, perhaps, argue that the SHIELD TV version of the game is also the first Android version, but the technicalities involved with cloud software mean that you’re probably just playing another version of the game which is then streamed to the SHIELD.
It certainly seems to be a step in the right direction, but we are still no closer to knowing an exact date for the Android release and can only go off of information from previous statements.
Epic Games announced in May that the Android version of Fortnite would be released sometime this summer and the expectation is that it will happen before the end of Season 5, which will occur in September.
Fortnite was released on iOS in March of 2018 and has been a massive success, quickly becoming one of the most played mobile games on the planet and earning Epic Games a great deal of revenue in the process.