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Fortnite getting improved controller aim assist and sensitivity

Published: 23:55, 24 September 2019
Epic Games
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Fortnite, The Combine

Epic are planning quite a few Fortnite changes and after announcing improved, skill-based matchmaking for v10.40, they now revealed the update brings new controller sensitivity and aim assist, as well as a fresh playlist to test it on.

Controller sensitivity has received a rework and a new options screen has been added. There are now 10 sensitivity presets to choose from or you can navigate to the Advanced Settings screen for much deeper customization tools', they wrote. 

As you can see, Fortnite's new basic sensitivity settings are exactly what they say - basic. It comes with build and edit mode sensitivity sliders, but Epic made sure you can tweak it to your heart's content, should you decide you want even more control. 

Fortnite's advanced look sensitivity is where the true customisation will begin, as it features horizontal and vertical speeds, as well as turning boosts, the latter including vertical and boost ramp times. When they say boost, Epic the boost that occurs when the look stick is fully deflected. 

Look sensitivity has been complemented with a ton of aim-down-sights (ADS) sliders, again with boosts included. Fortnite players will also be able to analyse basic and legacy settings by copying their individual values, which should be pretty handy since you can individually tweak them to suit your specific playstyle and reflexes. 

Epic also announced the new controller aim assist, which calculates targets in screen space and therefore should allow for more consistent feel, despite the distance from the target. 

"This new system applies different aim strengths based on that target’s distance from the reticle. Aim Assist now tracks multiple targets and will apply assistance based on a weighting algorithm", they wrote. Apparently, this will help in situations where new targets can steal aim assist, which also prompted the dev to remove target snapping, a.k.a. the left trigger spam, as they no longer think it's needed.

Epic Games Menus showing Fortnite's controller sensitivity settings Fortnite, new controller sensitivity settings

To better test these changes, Epic made The Combine playlist, which will test your muscle memory and skills by letting you practice, before a match or compete against other players. 

You can find the official announcement on Fortnite's website .

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