What are the minimum and recommended specs for Fortnite? - Dot Esports

What are the minimum and recommended specs for Fortnite?

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Fortnite was released back in 2017 and is considered one of the most popular Battle Royale titles. The game sees millions of players log on every day to play, despite claims that the third-person shooter isn’t as popular as it used to be.

Part of the game’s popularity stems from being free-to-play. Adding to Fortnite‘s ease of accessibility, it also boasts cross-platform play amongst most supported devices, so playing with your friends is a breeze. Another contributing factor to the game’s popularity is that it runs efficiently on nearly any PC due to its very low system requirements.

Here’s the recommended specs for Fortnite.

Minimum Fortnite system requirements

  • GPU: Intel HD 4000 on PC, or Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • CPU: Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6

Recommended Fortnite system requirements

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
  • GPU Memory: 2 GB VRAM
  • CPU: Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz, AMD Ryzen 3 3300U, or equivalent
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or higher
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

If you’ve got a slightly newer gaming PC, you might be capable of playing the game on the “Epic” preset. This just basically means you’ll be able to enjoy longer draw distances, sharper textures, better anti-aliasing, and more bells and whistles that just make Fortnite look a lot nicer.

Recommended Fortnite Epic system requirements

  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1080 or AMD equivalent
  • GPU RAM: 4GB VRAM or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700, Ryzen 7 3700x or equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB or higher
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Fortnite can efficiently run on older PCs — or Macs! — without a dedicated video card. But if your rig barely qualifies for the minimum system requirements, playing on the highest settings will result in a poor experience.

If you find yourself in that situation, here’s some things you can try to improve performance:

  • Closing all background apps, especially ones that might utilise your computer’s GPU or memory (like Google Chrome)
  • Lower Fortnite‘s 3D resolution scale — this reduces the internal rendering resolution of textures without affecting the resolution of your monitor
  • Change the Rendering mode from DirectX 11 to Performance (Alpha) or DirectX 12. (You can see the benefit this has in the video above)
  • Reduce shadows, post-processing, effects and textures to their lowest possible settings
  • If you have an NVIDIA GPU, you might be able to enable NVIDIA DLSS. You can turn this on in the Advanced Graphics part of the video tab, and there you can enable DLSS and set it to Performance, Balanced or Quality.

Here’s our recommended settings to get the most frames out of Fortnite:

Recommended Fortnite settings for the best frame rate, without impacting gameplay

  • Window Mode: Fullscreen or Borderless Fullscreen
  • Resolution: Whatever your monitor’s native resolution is
  • Frame Rate Limit: Unlimited, or whatever the maximum refresh rate of your monitor is
  • 3D Resolution: 100%
  • View Distance: Epic
  • Shadows: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Textures: Low
  • Effects: Low
  • Post-processing: Low
  • NVIDIA DLSS: Enabled, Quality (if your PC supports it)

Having view distance at Epic is important for seeing other players in the distance, so you want this set as high as possible. If your PC is struggling to keep up, however, try reducing the View Distance one notch at a time until the frame rate is more stable.

You’ll also get the best image quality by making sure your PC runs at your monitor’s native resolution. If your PC can’t keep up, you’ll then want to reduce the 3D resolution scaler gradually. This will reduce the quality of the in-game graphics without forcing your monitor to run at a lower resolution.

DLSS is especially helpful for improving frame rates, depending on your hardware. It’s a machine learning-powered technique that’s designed to enable higher resolution gameplay without the same cost to performance. It’s only available on certain Nvidia RTX 20 and 30-series GPUs, however, so if you don’t see the setting in your Fortnite options, chances are your PC isn’t compatible.