What are the Best Settings for Fortnite?
The madness of Fortnite has players looking for every possible competitive advantage they can find. While practicing your building and combat mechanics will show steady improvements over time, make sure you’ve optimized your gameplay and computer settings to take your game to the next level.
Something that you will notice with any professional gamer or streamer is that they tend to be very picky about their hardware settings and configuration. Many of them have detailed lists of their specifications.
This is obviously a mountain of information to crack, so we’ve compiled it all into the ultimate reference for your best Fortnite setup.
Hardware: System Requirements
For those of you concerned about the hardware needed to run Fortnite on your PC, here are Epic Games’ recommended system specs.
CPU: 2.8GHz Core i5
Graphics Card: DX11 GPU equivalent to Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Of course, it is not enough for competitive gamers to stick to the recommended system settings. As for Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevin’s PC setup, it has a 3.7GHz CPU, 11GB GPU, and 32GB RAM. You can see the full configuration, “Ninja’s Build”, here.
The configuration of the game depends somewhat on the specifications of your PC. If you have a setting like Ninja’s, you can run at maximum settings without sacrificing FPS or risking damaging your computer.
If you are using specifications closer to the minimum requirements, you may need to adjust some settings. Ensuring consistent FPS should be your main goal when optimizing game settings. This may require some experimentation.
Let’s take a look at the various in-game settings there are in Fortnite
In your game, go to the video settings.
Window mode: full screen. You want Fortnite to take precedence over all other processes.
Screen Resolution: You must select the native resolution of your monitor. In general, the highest display setting is 1920 x 1080 16:9. However, you should test to make sure you’re not sacrificing any FPS.
Frame rate limit: unlimited
3D resolution: 100%
Viewing distance: epic. This is the maximum viewing range and allows you to spot enemies from further afield, a vital competitive advantage in Fortnite. Of course, if you notice a drop in game performance, you should consider reducing your viewing distance.
Shadows: off. If your goal is to maximize your competitive advantage, you don’t need shadows.
Anti-aliasing: Disabled for best performance.
Textures: Medium or higher. Low textures can make the game a bit grainy and can affect your game level. If your computer can run the “Epic” setting, you can enjoy the highest quality textures.
Effects: Low. You will not gain a competitive advantage based on your effect settings.
Motion blur: off. Activating this effect blurs moving objects and obstructs your view.
Show FPS – Enable this so you can track your FPS while in-game.
The higher the FPS, the better. However, this is limited by the monitor’s refresh rate.
Write this number down to determine what FPS to aim for. Some gamers recommend that it be about 20 FPS higher than your monitor’s refresh rate.
DPI (dots per inch) is the standard measure of mouse sensitivity. In shooting games like Fortnite, you want to have low mouse sensitivity compared to other types of games.
With a lower mouse sensitivity, you have to drag the mouse more to change the direction of your target. This allows for more precise targeting.
To standardize your DPI, set yours to 800. From there you can go into the game settings and choose your mouse sensitivity. Streamers such as Ninja, Myth and Summit1g use a mouse sensitivity of 0.08.
Playing with a higher sensitivity may take some getting used to, so you can practice with this sensitivity and evaluate your playing. Ultimately, you have to choose what is comfortable for you and helps you perform at your best.
When it comes to real mice, you can’t go wrong with Logitech or Razer, the most popular brands among gamers.
Check your computer’s power settings to make sure your power plan isn’t limiting your computer’s performance. For example, energy-saving settings will reduce performance. Select high performance.
You should also optimize your graphics card settings. In the NVIDIA Control Panel, click Manage 3D Settings. Select Program Settings and choose Fortnite.
Now you can change your settings by following the guidelines above. Set it to ON for thread optimization.
Lastly, something you should always do to keep your computer running smoothly is use a PC cleaning software
The most commonly used cleaner is CCleaner.
This program removes unwanted files and malicious programs and fixes registry problems on your computer.
Now that you’ve optimized your hardware, game, and system settings, you’ll want to explore some Fortnite tweaks to get that extra competitive edge. With Turbo Builder, you can hold down the compile button to compile continuously instead of clicking repeatedly.
This is useful when building ladders to reach high ground or surrounding yourself with walls for protection.
Another hidden setting for your convenience is the auto-run feature
If you have a key that runs automatically, you can sort your inventory items without having to stop moving. Finally, there is a feature that automatically sorts the consumables you collect on the right side of your inventory.
For review, your hardware specs are an important factor in choosing the best Fortnite rig. Aim for FPS consistency, while maximizing your visibility.
Top gamers lower mouse sensitivity well below the norm. Finally, look for those in-game tweaks that will take your game to the next level.