Fortnite is a free-to-play third-person shooter which features building mechanics and even a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds-like Battle Royale mode where a hundred players compete for the top spot. Currently, the game runs at 1080p 30 FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro and 1728p 30 FPS on Xbox One X. However, Epic Games plans on changing that soon by introducing a new 60 FPS option for competitive Battle Royale matches.
In a post on its website, Epic Games revealed that the mode was coming this February. The mode will use a dynamic scaling solution in order to achieve the highest resolution possible while the game runs at 60 FPS.
We don't know what the resolution will be on Xbox One X given the fact that it already runs at 1728p. Hopefully, the game will at least run at 1080p 60 FPS on Microsoft's new machine once the update hits. Given the fact that no other console manages visuals higher than 1080p, it's unclear how much of an impact the 60 FPS option will have on their graphics. Epic Games should explain what "minimizing loss of visual quality" refers to for each system because playing a game at 720p or less on a modern 4K display is a jarring experience.
Despite that, the 60 FPS option is a welcome addition because it should reduce input lag and make shooting feel even better. Hopefully we won't have to wait too many days for the patch to hit Fortnite on consoles. Doubling the frame rate usually cuts input lag in half. While these changes are as small as a couple of milliseconds, they still make a noticeable difference to how responsive the controls feel. Input lag is the main reason why games can feel clunky, so any update which changes this is noteworthy.
Update 2/28/18: Fortnite's latest update adds a 60 FPS option but, according to Epic Games, it also adds support for 4K resolution on Xbox One X. The game was previously limited to 1728p on the console so it's unclear if this means that they've increased the resolution to native 4K or are using another solution like checkerboarded rendering. We've reached out to Epic Games for more details and shall update this post as soon as we hear back.
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Screw 4K, 60 FPS is more important in a competitive game. PUBG renders at 4K and looks worse than this game.
30fps would be acceptable if PUBG ACTUALLY hit it consistently...it doesnt
True, acceptable if it's constant 30fps.
But 30FPS was a design choice for PUBG because the X1 can't hit it. The 1X can. It's also not done.
Really? The 1x can? Funny. I have a 1x and it can't even hit 30fps consistently. Try again
The developer has said that they plan on increasing texture quality and the frame rate eventually. This game is still very early in development for the console.
Not rendering at native 4K regardless of what display you're outputting to would be a start. It's a horrendous waste of resources.
I'm going to bet it'll be like 1080p or 1260p (something strange) 60 FPS on Xbox One X. The other versions will probably be around 720p to 900p.
Nice... Screw pubg when this becomes available!
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