Fortnite is a free-to-play third-person shooter which features building mechanics and even a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds-like mode. However, the question many gamers wanted to know was what benefits Microsoft's new console received and how they compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro version.
Many months ago, Epic Games stated that the PlayStation 4 Pro version of Fortnite ran at 1080p with added effects. This was somewhat surprising given the fact that it wasn't even aiming for 1440p on Sony's machine. Some Xbox One X owners were worried that this would be the resolution for their version and it wouldn't be a great experience on 4K displays. Luckily, that's not the case at all.
We reached out to Fortnite's PR team for clarification. Epic confirmed that the PlayStation 4 Pro version still ran at 1080p. They added that the Xbox One X content is rendered at 80% of 4K (3072 by 1728 pixels) and then upsampled to 4K through a high-quality software upsampler. The HUD is rendered in 4K.
While some might have to have seen native 4K, it's still a significant upgrade and the game looks much more sharper than its PlayStation 4 Pro counterpart on 4K displays. The supersampling on 1080p displays also results in a smoother image. The Xbox One X update also brought about the return of the uncapped frame rate option for those who prefer it to go above the standard 30 FPS.
It's great to see developers utilize the 1.8 teraflops advantage the Xbox One X has to push higher resolution and better effects than Sony's console. Hopefully this trend continues in the future.
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