This past week has been a major week for battle royale games on mobile. First, Fortnite announced Fortnite Mobile, which recently began rolling out invites for iOS users. Shortly after, NetEase unleashed the FortCraft beta, their own version of Fortnite for mobile devices. Now, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has joined the mix with PUBG Mobile, which is available now on Android in North America. Before you can learn how to get PUBG Mobile on Android, there’s a few things you’ll need to know about the game's soft launch first.
Developed by Tencent Games and originally released as PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield in China, PUBG Mobile is the official port of the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for mobile devices. This week, PUBG Mobile began its soft launch in North America by rolling out for Android users in Canada.
PUBG Mobile is currently available for download on the Google Play Store, but only for Android users in Canada. In order to play PUBG Mobile, users must have Android 5.1.1 or above and have at least 2 GB of RAM on their device.
Android users outside of Canada who want to get PUBG Mobile right away can change their region in their Google Payments settings to access the Canadian Google Play store. The alternative is to simply wait until the PUBG Mobile beta releases for other regions and devices.
Here are some of the Android devices currently supported by PUBG Mobile, according to the Google Play store page:
- REDMI NOTE4
- REDMI NOTE3
- SAMSUNG GALAXY J7
- OPPO A37F
- OPPO A37FW INTERNATIONAL
- REDMI 3S
- VIVO Y53
- SAMSUNG GALAXY S6
- SAMSUNG GALAXY S7
- LG GOOGLE NEXUS 4
- SONY XPERIA E5
There’s no word yet as to when PUBG Mobile will open up its availability to iOS users or to Android users in the US. We’ll be sure to inform you of any changes as new details are revealed.
If you’re an iOS user itching to play a battle royale game on the go, then you should sign up for the Fortnite Mobile beta, which recently opened the floodgates to iOS users who received an invite. Android users with newer devices can try their hand at the FortCraft beta test as well by downloading the app on Google Play.