The Fortnite craze has players searching for every possible competitive advantage they can find. While practicing your building and combat mechanics will show steady improvements over time, making sure you have optimized your game and computer settings can help take your game to the next level. Something you’ll notice with any professional gamer or streamer is that tend to be very picky about their settings and hardware setup. Many of them have detailed lists of their specifications. Of course, this is a mountain of information to decipher, so we’ve compiled it all into the ultimate reference for your best Fortnite settings.
Hardware: System Requirements
For those of you concerned with the hardware required to run Fortnite on your PC, here are the recommended system specs given by Epic Games.
CPU: Core i5 2.8 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
VRAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Storage: 20 GB
Of course, for competitive gamers, simply meeting the recommended system settings is not enough. Looking at Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevin’s PC setup, he has a 3.7 GHz CPU, an 11 GB GPU, and 32 GB of RAM. You can check out his full setup, “Ninja’s Build”, here.
Your in-game settings will somewhat depend on your PC specs. If you happen to have a setup like Ninja’s build, you will be able to run the maximum settings without sacrificing FPS or risking damage to you computer. If you are running specs closer to the minimum requirements, you may have to adjust some settings. Ensuring consistent FPS should be your primary goal when optimizing your in-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: Fullscreen. You will want Fortnite to take priority over all other processes.
Display Resolution: You should select your monitor’s native resolution, Generally, the highest display setting is 1920 x 1080 16:9. However, you should test to ensure you are not sacrificing FPS.
Frame Rate Limit: Unlimited
3D Resolution: 100%
View Distance: Epic. This is the max view range setting and will allow you to spot enemies from farther away, an essential competitive advantage in Fortnite. Of course, if you notice any drop in game performance you may have to consider lowering the view distance.
Shadows: Off. If you objective is to maximize your competitive advantage, you will have no need for shadows.
Anti-aliasing: Off for maximum performance.
Textures: Medium or above. Low textures may make the game a little too pixelated and may affect your level of play. If your computer can run the “Epic” setting, by all means enjoy the highest quality textures.
Effects: Low. You will not gain any competitive advantage based on your effects setting.
Motion Blur: Off. If this effect is on, objects in motion will appear blurry and your visibility will be hindered.
Show FPS: Have this on so you can track your FPS while in-game.
The higher the FPS the better. However, this will be limited by you monitor refresh rate. Take note of this number to determine what FPS you should be aiming for. Some gamers recommend that you have around 20 FPS more than your monitor refresh rate.
DPI (Dots Per Inch) is the standard measure of mouse sensitivity. In shooting games like Fortnite, you will want to have low mouse sensitivity compared to other types of games. With lower mouse sensitivity, you have to drag your mouse further to change the direction of your aim. This allows for more precise aim. In order to standardize your DPI, set yours to 800. From there, you can go into your in-game settings and choose your mouse sensitivity. Streamers like Ninja, Myth, and summit1g all use a mouse sensitivity of 0.08. If you have been playing with a higher sensitivity, this can take some getting used to, so you might want to practice with this sensitivity and evaluate your performance. Ultimately, you should pick what is comfortable and helps you perform your best.
As far as the actual mice go, you cannot go wrong with Logitech or Razer, the most popular brands with gamers.
Check your computer’s power settings to make sure that your power plan isn’t limiting your computer’s performance. Power saving settings, for example, will reduce your 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 following the previous guidelines. For threaded optimization, set it to ON.
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 will get rid of unwanted files and malicious programs, and fix registry issues within your computer.
Now that you’ve optimized your hardware, in-game, and system settings, you’ll want to explore some Fortnite tweaks to gain that extra competitive advantage. Turbo Builder lets you hold down your build button to continuously build instead of making you click repeatedly. This is convenient when building stairs to reach high ground, or for surrounding yourself with walls for protection. Another hidden setting for your convenience is the auto-run feature. Having a key to automatically run allows you to sort items in your inventory without having to stop moving. Lastly, there is a feature that automatically sorts consumable items that you pick up to the right side of your inventory.
To review, your hardware specifications are a major factor in choosing the best Fortnite settings. Aim for FPS consistency, while maximizing your visibility. The best players lower their mouse sensitivity far below the norm. Lastly, look out for those in-game tweaks that will take your gameplay to the next level.