Fortnite is built to support a variety of PC hardware, but the game is so popular that many people who aren’t usually PC gamers may want to try it out. But now there are far better options for people running on low spec machines. The new set of performance mode options aims to increase the frame rate and significantly reduce the installation size.
As of December 15th, you will be able to enter the in-game video options. Under the Advanced Graphics heading, there is a new option labeled “Performance” in the render mode settings. Players using low-end hardware will receive an automatic prompt recommending that they test their options at startup.
Performance mode is currently in alpha, but Epic’s official example has already shown a significant increase in frame rate. According to the studio, the i5-8265U running at 1.60GHz combined with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 will increase the frame rate from an average of 24fps to 61fps. In other words, from “almost playable” to “completely playable”.
What’s more, launching Performance Mode will allow Fortnite to offer new installation options. You can manually remove high resolution textures from the Epic Library Options menu to save 14GB of hard drive space. This allows you to reduce your total installation size to 17GB, as long as you don’t mind giving up on high quality visuals.
You can see an example of what the performance mode looks like if you remove the high resolution texture above. Not bad – like a decent late Xbox 360 game.
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