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Epic rolling out 60 FPS for Fortnite's iOS and Android editions

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A ranger-looking character from Fortnite iOs running on a soccer field
Fortnite Battle Royale, iOS version

Hand in hand with Fortnite's latest balloon-happy patch came Epic's briefing on the state of the game's mobile development, with one of the upcoming features for Android and iOS being 60 FPS but initially only on select high-end devices.

Epic reminded that work on iOS and Android is ongoing, even though the former launched much earlier. Early bird catches the worm of course and Fortnite's Apple earnings cruised past the $300 million mark in 200 days, second only to Niantic's Pokemon GO.

As for the changes, Epic are aiming for Fortnite's mobile version to be getting a customisable HUD and "an important step in that direction is to allow players to decide which elements are active or disabled at any given moment." The company says they've added visibility settings for most HUD elements as well as grid snapping, with three states of hud depending on whether you're shooting, building or editing.

Fortnite mobile will be getting controller support as well, although Epic said they'll have more information on this later. However, the work being done is parallel improvements on the HUD and general usefulness of the UI, which bodes well for mobile players.

Perhaps the biggest news for Fortnite's mobile players, however, is 60 FPS, although not everyone will be getting it immediately. Epic are currently doing testing to ensure there are no performance drops or overheating in prolonged gaming sessions but it's coming in the "near future".

Of course, with 60 FPS still being a distant dream for many mobile device owners, most would be content with performance improvements, although Android users seem to suffer more in this respect than the country of Apple. Nevertheless, Fortnite's iOS players will be getting shader cache system changes "to reduce size and impact on memory."

Epic GamesHands holding a phone running Fortnite: Battle Royale iOSFortnite Battle Royale, iOS version

As for Android changes, Epic are currently "working on major performance improvements to Android 7 and some other older operating systems." Apparently, the results they're getting at the moment are extremely encouraging and with memory optimisation and more consistent frame rates on the way, Android users have plenty to look forward to.

You can find the official Fortnite mobile state of development post here.