No game has taken over mass media as quickly as Fortnite has in quite some time, and due largely in part to its accessibility on a variety of devices. From traditional platforms like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, to even common consumer devices such as iPhone, Android and various supported tablet, plain and simple the game is everywhere; and now, thanks to the processing power of the newest line of iPhone, the experience has just gotten even greater.
In a set of patch notes released for the V6.31 update, Epic Games announce players who own the newest line of iPhone that released this fall (iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR) now have the ability to run Fortnite at a smooth 60 frames per second (fps). Enabling the feature provides the user with a smother display and crisper image, and maximizes the graphical power of Apple’s newest devices. For context, the Nintendo Switch, which received its version of Fortnite this past June, only outputs the game at 30 fps. While there are caveats to this comparison, the A12 processor from Apple does pack a beefy punch for being a general consumer product, with the XS rending a 2688 x 1242 resolution.
Almost all traditional gaming platforms Fortnite is on, such as the PS4 and Xbox One, have the ability to run the game at 60 fps, especially on their newer iterative versions (PS4 Pro and Xbox One X), but outputting 60 fps on mobile is a first. An Epic Games representative released a statement regarding the support of the feature on Android devices, stating the team is “continuing to work on (Android) optimizations that could allow us to support a 60hz mode some time in the future.”
For now, owners of Apple’s powerful new technology can have fun dropping out of the Battle Bus, while thanking the driver in buttery-smooth 60 fps.