Will my PC run Fortnite?
The new gaming phenomenon Fortnite has swept across the world in 2018, dominating all gaming-related media and taking over livestreaming services such as Twitch. To say that the ‘Battle Royale’ mode is addicting to play, is an understatement. According to analytics firm Sensor Tower, a lot of people agree me too. They state that the game is averaging over $1 million per day due to in-game purchases. A light-hearted, cartoony approach sets it apart from its main rivals in the newly emerging Battle Royale genre, such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or H1Z1. So are you able to jump on the bandwagon and see what this game is all about?
Luckily for you, compared to most of the modern AAA games that are released such as Far Cry 5 and Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Fortnite doesn’t require a supercomputer to run. This is partly down to the graphical choice that the developers chose whilst designing the game. The cartoonish graphics and player models decrease the need for a top-of-the-range graphics card and CPU. And then there is the powerful, scalable Unreal Engine. To run this game, you’ll require at least a 64-bit Windows 7 operating system on your computer. Additionally, your rig will need to have an Intel Core i3 processor with 4 GB of Memory to keep the game ticking. Luckily, the vidoe card minimum requirement only calls for an Intel HD 4000 or better to keep up with the game’s graphics.
As you can see, the game is very accessible with many of the minimum requirements, such as the i3 processor, being found in non-specialist laptops and computers. An Intel Core i3 running at 2.4GHz should be enough to keep this game ticking without any issues. However in-game, especially in a large firefight, you may notice the game lose frames due to the amount of particles and structures it has to load in such a short amount of time. If this problem persists, consider turning down a few graphical settings which usually take a toll on your CPU such as shadows or textures.
If you do own a gaming PC with more advanced features and hardware, the recommended processor is an Intel Core i5 to make sure the game can run smoothly. You need a graphics card in the form of either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or an AMD Radeon HD 7870 to show off the full graphical capabilities of the game. With these requirements or higher, your PC should have absolutely no problem rendering in the famous map with all its assets and player models. A major part of the gameplay mechanics in Fortnite is that the map gets smaller and closes in on a randomly generated point as the game goes on. This means the game doesn’t have to load and process as many things as it goes on (provided you’re good enough to get this far!) making the game run smoothly. Additionally, this game has no AI in its main game mode ‘Battle Royale’ which, in turn, doesn’t put as much stress on the CPU.
Final thing… don’t forget you’ll need a stable internet connection!