SHIELD TV Release Brings 'Fortnite' One Step Closer to Android

It's not a phone, but still uses Android. 


Android phone owners continue to wait patiently for Epic Games to release the Android version of Fortnite. A bit of good news came out Monday as one device using Google’s operating system already has access to the battle royale game.

Nvidia SHIELD TV owners received access to the GeForce Now service beta and will now be able to play Fortnite as reported by Droid Life on Monday. GeForce Now is the company’s cloud gaming service that lets SHIELD device owners access certain PC games such as Black Ops 3, Far Cry 5, and PUBG from a computer connected on the same network. The Nvidia devices make use of the Android operating system making it technically the first version of Fortnite on Android.

The SHIELD TV is part of the Nvidia SHIELD line of gaming devices. The first was the Nvidia SHIELD Portable that consisted of a 5-inch LCD screen attached to a controller. Later on, Nvidia came out with the SHIELD K1 Tablet that was an Android tablet with a separate controller that could stream games. The company’s latest device, the SHIELD TV, is a streaming device that connects to a TV and allows for the same streaming capabilities along with additional streaming services similar to a Roku or Apple TV.

For those who don’t have a SHIELD TV but want to play Fortnite, unfortunately, there is still an unknown wait time ahead of its release. Epic Games announced in May that the Android version of Fortnite would release sometime this summer, but has yet to provide any additional updates.

Owners of a SHIELD TV can sign up for the GeForce Now beta via their device. Android phone users will have to keep waiting for some good news in the coming weeks.

While many may want to play Fortnite on their Android phones, it’s important to know that there is a multitude of scam websites and apps promising access to the beta, which has yet to be released.

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