Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is now available to download on Android. This has been a highly anticipated Android mobile release and one which has been available to pre-order since early in February. However, within the last twenty fours hours the game has exited its pre-order status and become freely available to download from the Google Play Store.
The game itself is free to download although the initial access is limited to a demo version of the game as it does require a $4.99 in-app purchase (IAP) to unlock the full version. This is a one-time purchase through so once the money is paid, the game is yours to own. The Play Store listing does mention that the game requires a minimum of Android 4.4 (KitKat) to run although it is possible those with Android version-compatible phones may run into additional issues when trying to download. As at present there seems to be a limitation on which devices can download the game. For example, it is showing as compatible with the Google Pixel 2 XL but not the LG Nexus 5X in spite of both phones running Android 8.0 (Oreo). Some of the early reviews on the Play Store are also highlighting this point noting how it is still not showing as compatible with their devices. Whilst this is likely to be something that is fixed soon, it is something to keep in mind with those looking to download the game advised to check device compatibility first. It might also be worth noting that the initial download weighs in at 1.39 GB.
As for Street Fighter IV Champion Edition, this is a game that is unlikely to need much introduction considering the popularity of the Street Fighter series. Although this particular episode is one which originally dates back quite a few years. While it has now reached the Android ecosystem, the porting does not seem to have resulted in a massively updated game and as a result some may find the graphics a little underwhelming. Street Fighter IV Champion Edition allows the player to fight as any one of 32 characters including "Dan," an Android exclusive. In addition to the single-player mode, the Android version also offers head-to-head battles with other players over Wi-Fi, as well as the option to connect and play with a Bluetooth controller. For those wondering, the game does not currently offer Android TV support.