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How to improve the overall performance in Fortnite BR

Published: 12:51, 22 February 2018
Updated: 21:34, 28 February 2018
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Fortnite Battle Royale characters standing in front of storm armed with guns.
Fortnite Battle Royale - Best settings guide

We've made a guide that will help boost your overall performance in Fortnite BR. The guide consists of four sections and covers a variety of different settings and tweaks, all contributing to increasing your FPS and making it more stable.

It certainly looks like the MOBA craze has taken over the Battle Royale genre. While the OG Player Unknown still reigns supreme, Fortnite is becoming a hot contester. It has already caused the death of Paragon, with Epic Games deciding to focus the developers’ attention to Fortnite.

If you’re unsure about whether PUBG or Fortnite is best for you, make sure to watch our comparison video of these two Battle Royale giants. But let’s get to why you are here - the best settings guide for Fortnite on your PC.

EpicGames Fortnite Battle Royale screenshot of a disco dances being threatned by an empty shotgun. Fortnite Battle Royale

For this video we are using an AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 8-core CPU with 16GB of RAM memory and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. The game is running off an SSHD. We're breaking this guide down into four parts, starting off with the basics.

Basic Settings

First things first, head over to the settings page on the video tab, and apply the following settings:

Set Window Mode to Fullscreen.

Set the Frame Rate Limit to Unlimited

Ensure 3D Resolution is at 100%.

Set View Distance to Medium

Set Shadows to Off

Set Anti-Aliasing to Off

Set Textures to Medium 

Set Effects to Low

Set Post Processing to Low

Set Vsync to Off

Set Motion Blur to Off

Set Show Grass to Off

Epic Games Fortnite video settings window showing a number of settings users can change to improve their performance. Fortnite in-game settings

With these settings we've hit the high 200s to low 300s FPS. Let’s move on to the advanced settings so we can make it go even higher and more stable.

Advanced settings

First, open the Epic Games launcher. With Fortnite selected, press the Settings icon next to the green launch button and check Additional Command Line Arguments. Paste -high -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -nomansky +mat_antialias 0 into the field.

AltChar Epic Games launcher screenshot showing advanced settings where users can add custom paths to improve their performance. Check the Addtional Comand Line Arguments box in order to enter the custom path

Find the Fortnite executable on your PC. Right-click the file and select Properties, open the Compatibility tab and check Override high DPI scaling behavior.

Nvidia settings

This part is for Nvidia GPUs only. First, open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Manage 3D Settings. Select the tab Program Settings and find Fortnite. Then set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1, Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance, disable Vertical Sync and enable Threaded Optimization.

AltChar Nvidia control panel settings showing various possible improvements via the settings window. Nvidia settings

This is just a little bit of an improvement - it’s not too much, but it helps.

Tin foil hat settings

These are what we call "tin foil hat settings" which will improve other applications running on your PC so that the game has all the power available.

If you have Google Chrome running you are going to need to turn off hardware acceleration - just in case. Open Google Chrome and go to the Settings page. Then go to the Advanced tab and turn off hardware acceleration.

The same principle applies if you are running Discord. Go to the Settings page, open the Appearance tab and uncheck Hardware Acceleration.

AltChar Screenshot of the Appearance tab on Discord where users can enable or disable hardware acceleration. Turn off hardware acceleration on Discord

If you prefer learning through watching, we've made a video guide for all you observational learners, and you can watch it right here .