If you have a Mac, you may have problems running Fortnite and getting a low frame rate. Fortunately, there are some quick changes you can make to improve performance without having to buy new hardware.
- 1 Step 1 – Meet the Minimum specs
- 2 Use Bootcamp to Run Windows on Your Mac
- 3 Here are some settings you can tweak to get a boost in performance
- 4 Wrap Up
Step 1 – Meet the Minimum specs
First of all, you need to make sure your computer meets the minimum specs that Epic recommends for the game. If you have an old, outdated computer, Fortnite may not work properly even if you make these changes.
- Intel HD 4000
- Core i3 2.4GHz
- 4GB RAM
- Mac OS X Sierra (or later)
As long as you meet these minimum requirements, at least the game should be able to run and with a few tweaks you can get an FPS boost that will make your game that much more enjoyable.
Use Bootcamp to Run Windows on Your Mac
One of the most common things people do with Macs to improve gaming performance is to install a program called Bootcamp and install Windows. Windows generally runs games with higher FPS better, so the first thing to try is to run Fortnite within Windows.
This should give you an immediate increase in frame rate. Running Fortnite on Windows is a good first step to try, but it’s not required.
If that’s too complicated for you, you can run Fortnite on your Mac and try changing some settings.
Here are some settings you can tweak to get a boost in performance
Change All Settings to Low
Drawing all the details and elements of the texture in the world of Fortnite requires a lot of computing power. By setting the game settings to a low level, you run everything at the lowest possible level of detail, which should give you a huge performance boost.
The downside, of course, is that you can’t see so many details and the game doesn’t look that nice.
So the next step after everything has been minimized is to slowly ramp things up again. Once you’ve rejected everything, go back to the game and check your frame rate.
Then go to settings and change some settings back to medium and high and see what your frame rate is. If you notice a major impact on your frame rate, leave the setting low.
But if you can increase specific settings from low to medium without losing FPS, leave it in the middle and move on to the next one.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all tip here. Depending on your processor and graphics card, there may be different framerate bumps for different people.
You may be able to run at 60 FPS on medium settings, while someone else with a similar model on a slower processor can only get 50 FPS at the same settings.
Every Mac is different and you will need to change each setting individually to see the impact on game performance.
Lower Your Resolution
When you’re trying to improve the performance of a game, you’re usually trying to increase the frame rate (FPS). Getting a higher FPS will give you a smoother experience in the game.
But every extra frame the game shows up requires calculations from your processor. Each frame is recalculated before being displayed on the screen, and every pixel in that frame must be drawn.
This is a lot of work for your Mac, so one of the ways to make it easier and get better performance is to simply lower the resolution.
If you’re currently using 1920 x 1080, which is the most common size for a 1080p monitor, you can see a huge performance boost by simply lowering the resolution.
Even a small decrease in resolution can result in a huge performance boost, saving your Mac from recalculating all those pixels in each frame. Those savings are multiplied by the frames per second.
So if you play the game at 100 frames per second, you get a 100x performance boost by changing the resolution because each frame is so much easier for your Mac to calculate.
If that’s too technical, don’t worry about it. Just go to the settings menu and change the resolution to something lower.
Play with different resolutions until you find one that you like, doesn’t look too bad, and gives you the FPS boost you’re looking for.
Try Windowed and Full screen mode
Another setting you can change to monitor performance changes is the type of window mode you use. Most people work in full screen mode, which is generally considered the best option for maximum performance.
But if you don’t get good results with full screen mode, you can try windowed mode.
Again, just make the change in your settings and check your FPS before and after the change. If your FPS goes up, you keep the change. If your FPS drops, go back to the previous settings.
Close Any Open Programs
Your computer can only perform a certain number of calculations per second. If you have other programs running in the background, Fortnite can slow down because you don’t get as much processor time as you need.
So before jumping into a Fortnite game, close all other apps you use and make sure that Fortnite is the only one open for maximum performance.
Restart Your Computer
If you haven’t restarted your computer in a while, you can try restarting it to improve performance.
Over time, as you use your computer, you accumulate various processes and programs that remain open even when you think they are closed or you can’t see them on your screen.
Each of these processes only consumes a small amount of computing power, but if left alone long enough, it can lead to a huge performance hit.
If you haven’t restarted your computer in the past 2-3 days, you probably need to restart it before you start playing Fortnite.
Restarting your Mac gives you the ability to reset and clean up background processes that shouldn’t be open, giving you an immediate performance boost.
If your Mac is having trouble running Fortnite, you may not need to upgrade to a new Mac right away. By making these in-game tweaks, you can generally get a performance boost of 50% or more, which should make Fortnite enjoyable and easy to play.