The launch of both next-gen consoles is somehow only a week away. Several games are lining up to launch alongside the platform, including the very popular battle royale Fortnite. Today, Epic Games detailed just what a next-gen version of Fortnite will entail, and what boosts players can expect.
Fortnite has been confirmed to launch alongside the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, on their launch dates of Nov. 10 and Nov. 12, 2020, respectively. Progress will carry across platforms, but these new versions will also get a few special boosts on the new consoles.
For both the PS5 and Xbox Series X, Fortnite will target 4K resolution with 60 frames per second, as well as a more dynamic world. On the Xbox Series S, the FPS target stays the same but the target resolution drops down to 1080p—Epic says the Series S will still support "most of the visual enhancements" coming to Series X. Next-gen versions will also improve loading performance, speeding up the start-up of games.
On the PlayStation 5, Sony's platform gets a few additions specific to the console's feature set. Fortnite will make use of the DualSense's haptic feedback, making you feel the vibrations of the weapons your character is using as well as haptic trigger feedback. Fortnite will also make use of the Activities tab, allowing you to set a "favorite mode" to launch into.
Several long-running service games are having to think about how they'll make the jump to next-gen. From Rainbow Six Siege to other battle royales like Apex Legends, there are a lot of multiplayer games looking at what improvements they can make in moving to a new generation of consoles.
Fortnite's leap sounds similar to what others are doing, in terms of visual and loading improvements. I'm pretty interested to see how it utilizes the DualSense, though; Sony's special next-gen controller seems to have some potential, but that could depend a lot on whether third-party studios make use of it or not.
For impressions of the next-gen consoles, be sure to read our first looks at PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Xbox's next-gen consoles launch on Nov. 10, with PS5 launching on Nov. 12, and Fortnite will be available day one on both.