Because of these visual upgrades, the Epic graphics setting will now require a more powerful PC. Since the High quality preset will now be the old Epic, the PC specifications will go up for that setting as well. However, Epic isn’t abandoning players with lower-quality PCs: Both “Low” and “Medium” preset players will see no changes graphically or to their performance. “With this new update, Epic PC visual effects will now be on par with next-gen consoles,” a spokesperson for Epic Games told Polygon, speaking about the graphics setting. Of course, the PC version of Fortnite has supported ray tracing since September.
Here are Epic Games’ hardware specifications for players who want to run Fortnite on the new Epic setting: Fortnite’s minimum specifications will not change:
Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
2 GB VRAM
Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
8 GB RAM
Windows 10 64-bit Intel HD 4000 on PC; Intel Iris Pro 5200
Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
4 GB RAM
Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Epic Games is also changing Fortnite’s recommended PC specifications with the upcoming update, although it says the change is unrelated to the visual improvements. The recommended GPU will now be an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 290, and the operating system is changing to Windows 10 64-bit (although Epic Games said that “players on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit can still run Fortnite at optimal performance”). Here are the full new recommended specs: Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
4 GB VRAM or higher
Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
16 GB RAM or higher
NVMe Solid State Drive
Windows 10 64-bit
Source These changes should all arrive in-game the week of June 7.
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