Fortnite can now run on more PCs with less powerful hardware at higher frame rates. This was made possible with the new performance mode, which is currently in alpha phase, reducing visual quality for better frames per second (fps). While Fortnite isn’t a very demanding game to begin with, this new performance mode allows a larger number of PC users to experience the game at higher frame rates than they are used to when they are configured. The new mode is available starting today, December 15th.
According to an unofficial blog post, the new performance mode meets the minimum requirements for Fortnite. It can be activated through the in-game settings menu and offers “significant performance gains by exchanging visual quality to reduce memory usage and reduce the load on the CPU and GPU”. Players who are already playing Fortnite at low settings or on less powerful hardware can run the game at a constant frame rate for a smoother experience.
Performance mode is available for both Battle Royale and Creative modes. Players with less powerful hardware will be asked to activate this mode, but it can be activated or deactivated at any time. In this mode, players can also disable high resolution textures via the Epic Games Launcher, which frees up more storage space. To do this, go to the Epic Games Launcher, click Library, find Fortnite and click the three dot menu, go to Options, enable or disable the High Resolution Textures option. This should save you about 14 GB of storage space.
Epic also shared a comparison showing fps results with performance mode enabled and disabled on low-end hardware. With a resolution of 720p, the performance mode increased by 37 fps with an Intel base configuration and by 27 fps with an AMD base system. This means a significant improvement in frame rates, to say the least.
It should be noted that this new mode for Fortnite is currently in alpha and Epic continues to recommend running the game on an SSD or with 6GB of RAM for users with older computers.
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