After successfully avoiding the Fortnite hype two years after its July 2017 release, many parents told me it was only a matter of time. Well, that day has come and my son has insisted that I download Fortnite on the console in the living room.
Since I play most of MY games here, some research was needed as I will not be deleting any of MY save files for my son’s short dance with this game. In my search for knowledge of Fortnite, I fell into a den of consoles, updates and download speeds.
These are my findings so you don’t have to search.
How Big is Fortnite?
Nothing sucks more for a gamer than waiting for a download and installation. It is a necessary step in the entire play process, but when you have a child waiting for a wildly popular game, there is nothing that can be said or done to speed it up.
So before you give your gamer kid the good news about Fortnite, let’s see what kind of file size it will work with:
- PC: 17.5GB
- Xbox One: 16.8GB
- PS4: 7.5GB
- Nintendo Switch – 14MB
- Mobile – 2GB
The game is available on Android and IOS operating systems. For iOS users, just go to your app store and download.
For Android users, the process has a few more steps. First you need to determine if your current phone is compatible. If your phone is compatible, go to Fortnite.com/Android and download.
What’s my Connection Speed
I can’t tell you how many internet speed tests I’ve done on my Playstation just to understand nothing the screen is showing me. I search for “passed” and assume everything is fine.
Now that I’m in between my son’s “fix” and these download speeds, I realized I needed solid time frames in which to go vegetarian.
Connection speed, also known as bandwidth, is the speed at which data is exchanged between your device and the Internet. There are two types of speeds: download and upload.
Surfing web pages, reading email, and downloading a program are examples of download speed. Sending an email or a file is an example of upload speed.
Not all bandwidth is created equal and yours may be different depending on several factors. Those factors are:
- cables (fiber, copper)
- closet distance
- line quality
Megabits per second (Mbps or Mb) measure the speed of the data connection. Now for a little “math talk”… 1 Mb is equal to 1 million data units. 1 Mbps is equal to 1 million data bits per second. When you run your connection speed test, a higher Mbps will make your download faster.
Lower the Mbps and you and your little gamer will disagree.
So How Long Will It Take???
Unfortunately, that question can only be answered by you by doing a simple data rate test. A quick Google search should send you to free sites that will do this for you if you’re using a PC. On Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo, you simply navigate to your settings and look for a “Network” option.
There you will find everything related to the internet, including a “test internet connection” option. As mentioned above, your connection speed will depend on your settings, but here’s some visual math to help you understand how to read your test results:
450 MB of photos at 35 Mbps = approximately 12 seconds
80 Mb file at 20 Mbps = 4 seconds While these examples work for small, simple files, the Fortnite file is in GB. This will make your download considerably longer.