Will Fallout Shelter support Android TV?

Fallout Shelter is a critically acclaimed game from the makers of the Fallout series on PCs, Bethesda Studios. Although the game has been optimized for mobile, there could be early signs that support for Android TV is being developed. If you go to Google Play on the web, you’ll see that the game appears to be compatible with the ADT-1, one type of Android TV device.

Fallout Shelter Play Store

The app, when downloaded, uses the default banner instead of a custom one.

Twitch banner
It shows up in the Leanback Launcher, but only with the icon and some default text

However, some users on Reddit have reported seeing a custom banner and appearing in the NVIDIA Shield Hub.

The game shows up in the Shield Hub
The game shows up in the Shield Hub

When you open the app, you will login to your Google account and then are sent to the main screen. Unfortunately, you can’t select anything using a game controller, and no buttons do anything aside from closing the app.

The game uses Google Play Games
The game uses Google Play Games
Here's the main menu. Too bad I can't do anything.
Here’s the main menu. Too bad I can’t do anything.

Was removing support for touchscreens an accident, or is support for Android TV really in development? Bethesda is a large studio, so they will probably consider adding bluetooth controller support in the game for avid gamers. If that happens, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t just add a banner and allow it to run natively on Android TV. It’s a great game, considering it is free, and being able to play it on a huge screen would be a great experience.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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