Fortnite's PS5 And Xbox Series X Improvements Detailed, And They Sound Impressive

Epic explains all the benefits of playing Fortnite on PlayStation 5 and xbox Series X.

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Fortnite is one of the thousands of existing games that will be playable on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S when those systems are released next week. Developer Epic Games has now shared some additional insight on its next-gen plans, and they are more extensive than some might have thought.

Starting off, Epic stressed that Fortnite's PS5 and Xbox Series X editions are not "simply tweaked last-gen builds." Instead, they are "new native ones to harness the power of the new consoles."

Epic also confirmed that all progress made on PS4 or Xbox One will carry forward to the next-gen editions, because this progress is tied to your specific game account.

Fortnite On Xbox Series X/S

Getting into the specifics, the Series X/S version of Fortnite will support 4K/60FPS on Series X, along with a better-looking world thanks to the power of the machine.

"Experience a more dynamic and interactive world with grass and trees responding to explosions, enhanced fluid simulations for smoke and liquid (cooler-looking smoke and liquid effects), and all-new Storm and cloud effects," Epic said.

The Series S edition of Fortnite, meanwhile, will support 1080p/60FPS, and it has "most" of the visual enhancements mentioned above. However, the developer did not say which ones will be missing.

On both next-gen Xbox consoles, players will get into matchers faster thanks to a "significantly upgraded" loading performance experience. Textures, too, will load faster in the game world.

There is also "enhanced" split-screen for Fortnite on Series X and S, so players can now enjoy split-screen at 60FPS.

Fortnite On PS5

For Sony's next-gen console, Fortnite will support 4K/60FPS, along with the same "dynamic visuals and physics" mentioned above for Xbox Series X. The PS5 edition will make use of the new DualSense controller to make weapons feel more realistic.

"Haptic feedback makes it feel like you’re holding the Suppressed SMG or Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle. In addition to general vibration support, we've integrated haptic trigger feedback for ranged weapons on the new DualSense controller," Epic said.

What's more, the PS5 version of Fortnite will make use of the console's new "Activities" hub. With this, players can choose a game mode in Fortnite--Solos, Duos, or Squads--and pin this to your PS5 home screen so you can jump directly into it.

The PS5 version of Fortnite also includes loading performance improvements just like on Xbox, so players can get into matches faster and see textures load quicker. The split-screen situation is the same to Xbox as well; it now supports 60FPS.

Progress Carries Forward And Crossplay

Some of Fortnite's best features, cross-play with all platforms and progress that stays with you, remain intact for the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of Fortnite. All progress and cosmetics move with you to the new consoles, should you decide to upgrade. All you need to do is download Fortnite on PS5 or Xbox Series X and log in with your details and all of your content and progress will be there.

A Freebie

Beginning November 4, Epic will give everyone Fortnite's very first pickaxe in an effort to "remember the past while looking forward to the future." The Throwback Axe Pickaxe, which was the default axe from Fortnite Chapter 1, will be available for all players until January 15, 2021.

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More Updates In The Future

Epic closed its next-gen Fortnite news by stressing that the studio continues to investigate new ways to leverage the horsepower of the PS5 and Xbox Series X to make the most of them. Like other developers, Epic is only just getting started with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and we might see exciting new innovations for the game down the road.

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