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Fortnite adds “performance mode” and options to further reduce file size

Fortnite’s system requirements aren’t necessarily generous, as it’s the biggest game in the last decade. Yes, it works with phones and switches, but my rattle old laptop is still struggling with it. That’s why I’m really excited about the game’s experimental new “performance” mode. I’m already scraping the lowest graphic slider.

Performance mode, which arrived early today in the update, further reduces texture quality, drawing distance, detail objects, etc. to save memory usage and reduce CPU and GPU load, resulting in “significant performance improvements” Is said to bring. Here’s an example of all the appearances in the game:

It doesn’t show off too many screenshots, but it’s well accepted if it’s ten years behind the hardware era.

A little rough and distant landscapes look particularly “soft”, but Fortnite’s cartoon aesthetic helps convey a lack of detail. Honestly, I’m an exclusive Fortnite player on Switch these days, so it looks like I can play it perfectly.

Users running Fortnite on older hardware will be prompted to enable it by turning on performance mode at login or by restarting quickly using the game’s graphics options. The comparison example shows a machine with an Intel i5 CPU and integrated graphics doubling at frame rate, but as always, mileage is different.

Of course, people running in performance wouldn’t need textures to fill all these drives. Today’s update also adds a small installation option that allows you to opt out of “high resolution textures”. This reduces the game installation size by approximately 14 GB and brings Fortnite’s minimum footprint to 17.3 GB. Combined with that 60GB file, it shrinks last month and the prospect of just downloading Epic’s huge Battle Royale is much harder.

Anyway, who is waiting for the download when you might do dental floss with Mandalorian or drive a small halo car? Fortnite is really weird.

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Fortnite’s new “performance mode” hopes to double framerates on older hardware

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