Fortnite Performance Mode Released for Lower-End PCs

by in Fortnite | Dec, 15th 2020

Graphics are undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of a video game, but looks aren’t everything at the end of the day. Since we are playing the game ourselves, the performance and control of it are just as important, if not more so. To help with this, a Fortnite PC performance mode was released.

Fortnite PC Performance Mode Now Available

Available today, Tuesday, Dec. 15, players can now use the Fortnite PC performance mode to help improve the overall gameplay experience on that particular platform. As the name of the new settings mode shows, this is all about making your performance even better.

PC has such a wide range of different setups and rigs that make it so that no two players will likely have the same experience in games like Fortnite battle royale. If you have a lesser powerful machine that might be several years old by this point, you may have some issues running the game properly, let alone having that next-gen experience in Fortnite.

Simultaneously, some users have issues installing all of the updates and new seasons of content for Fortnite since the downloads keep coming, filling up your precious hard drive space in the process. All of these issues can make playing battle royale on PC a challenging situation.

Fortunately, Epic Games has recognized these problems and addressed them with today’s new Fortnite PC performance mode. Available for all computers, this new mode in the settings will allow you to tailor your Fortnite experience to your liking.

Min Specs Required for Fortnite

The Fortnite PC performance mode is available to every PC that already meets the minimum specifications for the battle royale game. For those who don’t know the min specs for the game yet, you can find the full list of the specs necessary for running the game at bare minimum below:

  • CPU: i3 Core 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • HDD: 16GB free space
  • GPU: Intel HD 4000 (integrated graphics)
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • DirectX: Version 11 or higher

Those specs aren’t that bad at all and make it so that many different computers, even some rather old ones, can play the game online. This even includes those players who have integrated graphics in 

their setup, which is impressive since you usually need dedicated graphics cards for most popular AAA games.

Even if you have a lower-end computer or laptop with integrated graphics equal to the above or higher, you could benefit reasonably well from the new Fortnite PC performance mode. It is currently available in its alpha state since it will likely be changed and improved over time. 

What the Performance Does and How to Activate It

You will be able to find it in the in-game settings menu. This new performance mode offers significant performance boosts over what you might have had before in exchange for sacrificing much of the visual quality that you would typically have in the game. 

That trade-off can be beneficial to some players. This will lower the overall memory usage you are using while playing Fortnite and lighten the load on your CPU and GPU in the process, smoothing out the experience and increasing the frame rate for many users who activate it.

Epic Games notes in the announcement on its blog that even those players with less powerful hardware or lowered scalability settings should have the game run better than ever before with a smoother frame rate. This opt-in setting option is available at launch with support for battle royale and Creative.

Those of you on older hardware will likely see a prompt to turn this on the next time you boot up Fortnite. One of the Fortnite PC performance mode’s significant features is that it will save you some hard drive space.

Performance Mode Can Save Space and Boost FPS Significantly

You can open up the Epic Games launcher, head to your library, and then look for the three dots next to Fortnite. From there, you can select the options and remove the high-resolution textures to save some space on your hard drive. 

This will remove around 14GB of high-resolution content that you might not need and potentially lower the overall game size to roughly as low as 17GB with all optional components removed. It could be incredibly wonderful for players on those thin, budget laptops with little space.

To help compare how the game will run for you with the performance mode on, Epic Games gave us a direct comparison of how the frame rate is on two different lower-end laptops. 

The first example of frame rate is the laptop running on the already existing low scalability mode in a normal squads battle royale match, while the second is with the new performance mode. Here’s what its performance and setup were like:

  • CPU: Intel i5-8265U @ 1.60GHz
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • FPS before using performance mode: 24 FPS
  • FPS after turning on performance mode: 61 FPS

That is very impressive, but here is another laptop with different specs, including a slightly better CPU but much less RAM overall:

  • CPU: AMD A10-5745M APU @ 2.1GHz
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 8610G
  • FPS before performance mode: 18 FPS
  • FPS after: 45 FPS

As you could see, these two laptops couldn’t even get the game to run at a solid 30FPS before performance mode. Now both of them can, with the former even capable of reaching the coveted 60FPS. If you’ve struggled to play the game, this might be your chance to have a decent experience on PC finally. 


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