If you just recently jumped on the Fortnite bandwagon (or are so new to it that you haven’t even boarded the Battle Bus yet), welcome! It’s a thrilling ride here that will test your building, stalking, scavenging, and surviving skills – all while having fun and making new friends.
A lot of potential Fortnite players hem and haw at playing this phenomenal game because they fear that they don’t have the proper Fortnite system requirements for it. If you are one of them, don’t fret because today’s post will specifically address that.
Before we proceed, though, it’s important to state this first: what makes Fortnite different from other survival games is its accessibility. Practically anyone can play it. Small wonder the game is raking in over a million dollars daily just on in-game purchases alone! This, however, is a story for another blog post.
So without further ado, let’s thoroughly discuss all the things you need to be able to play this exciting, fun, and (sometimes) nerve-wracking game everyone’s been talking about since last year.
And here are the requirements (drum roll)…
You Will Need Just Two Important Things.
That’s right, and it’s not a dedicate-an-entire-room-to-your-game kind of set-up. Fortnite surprisingly doesn’t require the sort of advanced features and hardware typically associated with hi-tech third-person shooter games. The game can run relatively smoothly even without a high-capacity graphics card or a speedy processor. What you will need though, are the following requirements.
The Right Kind of Specs
One of the first questions people ask is “Can my PC run Fortnite?” The excellent thing about playing Fortnite is that it doesn’t require you to own a gaming laptop or PC. All the Fortnite specs you need include minimum requirements for CPU speed, operating system, RAM, and video card. This means having at least 4 GB RAM, and an Intel HD 4000 video card. You can play it either on Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit) or on Mac OSX Sierra. These specs are all good for more casual (and beginner) players or those who don’t want to go for an upgrade just yet.
Of course, there are recommended requirements for optimum performance and if you aim to rack up some serious kills. If you want to upgrade to step up your Fortnite game, consider getting a video memory with 2 GB VRAM. The recommended operating system is still the same as that of the minimum requirement, but the memory should be at least 8 GB RAM.
Generally, a PC is more preferable over a laptop when it comes to gaming, but you can still use the latter as long as it meets the minimum required hardware.
A Steady (and Reliable) Internet Connection
A Fortnite minimum requirement also includes the kind of Internet connection that isn’t sporadic or spotty. Internet speed does factor in on a player’s triumphs and reaction times, after all. However, since Fortnite is available to play on a couple of devices (namely PCs, laptops, and even mobile phones and tablets), the required Internet speed could vary with circumstance.
In order to be on your toes and react quickly to situations on Fortnite, it’s best to have an Internet speed of at least 3 Mbps for downloads (around 1 Mbps for uploads will do fine). A lot of players with slower Internet speed than that had protested at being shot at and hit when all the while they thought they managed to get away. Slower connections cause slower reactions, is the bottom line here.
However, if you want faster updates and real-time reactions to Fortnite situations, the recommended Internet speed for you would be at least 10 Mbps. You will notice a speedier download time so you can also update faster. This means being able to install new updates and patches before running your game!
It is a bit different if you’re playing via a mobile device, though. Since that requires data consumption, it could pose problems for your daily data allowance. If you have unlimited data coverage, it’s perfectly fine. However, playing Fortnite with limited data is never recommended. If you have a steady and robust WiFI connection, play using that, instead.
Overall though, Fortnite doesn’t send a lot of data so the minimum required Internet speed should already work for you. Pause to think about it – part of Fortnite’s success is it is readily available to anyone with a decent PC (and a good memory). A minimal upgrade is required (if any), which is why it’s easy enough to jump into it straight away. It’s not demanding on specs at all, so if you have an older PC, don’t worry too much about the upgrades. Just know your current specs and see if they match up to the minimum requirements to play Fortnite, and you’re good to go!