Fortnite on PS5: Next-gen tech, DualSense features detailed

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Fortnite on PS5: Next-gen tech, DualSense features detailed

Higher resolutions and framerates, improved visuals, different types of adaptive trigger feedback, and more.

Soon-to-be PS5 players, Fortnite on PS4 has been an amazing ride. It’s surreal to think it was just over three years ago when we first introduced Fortnite to PS4 fans with the game’s Early Access launch. It’s been a humbling (and equally exciting) journey to share each Season, Battle Pass, and event with all of you!

As PlayStation kicks off its newest “Season” with the PS5, we’re grateful to continue creating new experiences in Fortnite. Just as you celebrate unboxing a new console at home, it’s been awesome for our team to begin unlocking the power and potential of the new console. We’d like to take this time to discuss what you can expect from Fortnite on PS5, taking a deeper dive into what we shared with you all earlier this week — including the specifics of how Fortnite will utilize the new DualSense controller! 

A Dive into DualSense: A More Tactile Battle Royale

For our initial use of DualSense, we’re supporting adaptive trigger feedback for ranged weapons, making it feel like your old favorites such as the Pistol, Suppressed SMG, and Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle are actually in your hands. How specifically, though? Let’s get a handle on it!

Fortnite will support two kinds of adaptive trigger feedback for ranged weapons: trigger pull feedback and sustained feedback. Weapons that fire once per trigger pull — your Pistols, SMGs, Snipers, Assault Rifles, etc. — will use trigger pull feedback, meaning you’ll feel the authentic resistance of pulling their triggers as you push down the trigger of the DualSense.

Weapons that require you to hold down the trigger button — like the Boom Bow and the Minigun — will make use of sustained feedback. Even as you’re holding the DualSense trigger all the way down, you’ll still feel an authentic sensation of resistance, reminiscent of what it feels like to draw back a bow or keep a Minigun firing.

Fortnite and the Power of the PS5

As a reminder, Fortnite on PS5 isn’t just a tweaked PS4 build but a bespoke one that allows us to take full advantage of the new hardware’s power. Below is a quick summary of how we’re putting the PS5’s power to use to create an upgraded Fortnite experience: 

  • Working with the console’s custom RDNA 2 GPU, we’ve made the next-gen version of Fortnite output at 4K and up to 60 FPS in all game modes on PS5.
  • The Zen 2 CPU + expanded memory let us use dynamic visuals and physics to bring even more life to the Fortnite Island. Grass and trees respond to explosions, visual effects for smoke and liquid are enhanced, and there are new effects for clouds and the Storm.
  • Our work with PS5’s ultra-high speed SSD has let us dramatically upgrade loading performance, improving texture loading and letting you get into matches much faster.
  • Split Screen can be played with higher performance: up to 60 FPS! This is due to our work with the improved CPU, GPU, and memory.

Enter the Future with a Memento of the Past

Entering a new generation of PlayStation is an exciting thing, but it’s also a good time to remember what came before. With that in mind, we’re offering all players the free Throwback Axe Pickaxe, the classic default Pickaxe from Fortnite Chapter 1!

This free Pickaxe is currently available in the Item Shop and PlayStation Store and will remain available through January 15, 2021. Whether you pick it up on your PS4 or PS5, the Pickaxe will stay with you in your Fortnite Locker.

Speaking of the Future…

As we continue releasing new game updates, we look forward to furthering our use of the DualSense controller and exploring new ways to maximize the potential of the console’s hardware. This is just the beginning of our plans on PS5! 

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  • The fact that a free game is using the Dualsense features is something else

    • Fortnite on PS5 with 120fps will be crazy, I mean hopefully it will look more real and less cartoon-y, but imagine the downloads it’ll get

  • Can we please have 120fps somehow, this game is really competitive and it’s hard to compete with pc players that have 240fps

    • Didn’t they said its 120fps?

    • Facts they said split screen is 60 FPS,so I don’t see why they couldn’t make it go 120.

    • I was hoping for same thing with 120 FPS mode.
      the update is already out since TuesdaY on both next-gen consolEs with new controllers’ layouts so if anyone has a next-gen console he can check the update.
      Imo the graphical enahncements aren’t something groundbreaking and the up to 60 FPS is intriguing because the game is already 60 FPS.
      If they added Ray Tracing it could have been much better and quite a looker. That is what I was most hoping for on PS5.
      But the last paragraph gives us hope for the future.

    • Probably yes. But we have play 1080.

  • Yo playstation pls add a competitive graphics mode where shadows are low cause without shadows for competitive it will be much better view

  • Plssss playstation add 120fps support the only reason I’m buying is I thought fortnite supports 120fps come on , I swear I’m not buying of fortnite doesn’t support 120fps.

  • Can you give us a chance to link our accounts to the new PS5? I linked the wrong account when I first started and haven’t been able to play on PS ever since.

    Hopefully with the new console, you’ll give us a chance to fix it? 🥺

  • Curious if we can get this DualSense functionality on PC via driver/firmware with Fortnite? Obviously I will play this on PS5 but would love to see this on PC too.

  • I’m really impressed with what Sony is doing but I hope in the future this game will run at 120 fps

    • ye maybe in the future they’ll test it so it can run 120fps. it’s only the beginning they want things running smoothly at first, but then eventually it’ll maximize the PS5’s full power with 120fps. We gotta wait and see. Glad they’re doing this at least 4K 60fps is definitely a great start especially on a console. Props to them.

  • I too am really hoping we get 120fps on Fortnite . I purposely bought a 4K 144hz monitor to take full advantage of the capabilities of what most players believed would be available.

    Thanks for everything so far !
    JJCanayjay

  • I think i can speak for almost every Fortnite console players when i say we really feel bad that you’ll not allow us to have a fighting chance against PC in a competitive game.

    We all know 120fps @ 4k is impossible even for the most expensive PC.

    I have a brand new Sony 55XH9096 Tv capable of 4k@120hz.
    Why not letting us at 120fps option even at 1080p or 1440p ? Tvs will upscale anyway…

    I can understand some people enjoy playing with nice animations and good looking grass.
    But when you are fighting and building at the speed this community do, we don’t have time to admire grass… We need a smooth game, we need 120fps please !

  • Creo que la mayoría de jugadores de fortnite en consola quiere la play 5 porque pensaban que podría ir a 120 fps y pienso yo que a la hora de competir no es nesesario los gráficos y sería bueno que pusieran una opción de bajar los gráficos para más fps

  • Estaria bueno un modo de rendimiento a 120 fps!! En resolucion 1080 o 1440 muchos lo piden.
    Muchas gracias

  • Is 120 FPS on 1080 an option (like how other games have performance mode)? Also, I think like most competitive shooters I’ll end up turning off all controller rumble lol and trigger feedback.

  • What is epic games thinking?

    We dont want beautifull light and shadows and beautifull grass.

    We want smooth gameplay!!

    I just bought am 144hz monitor and fortnite is the only game i play.
    I am really lt dissapointed.

    How are we supposed to compete with 240hz pc players?

    Why should i upgrade to ps5 if my ps4 also runs the game om 60 fps.

    Epic pls give us 120 fps.

    First no 1440p now not 120fps

    I am really thinking of skipping the ps5 and buying a pc because of this

    • Enjoy your pc, good bye :)

    • get a pc then. for a console to even do that, is impressive enough. maybe we can choose fidelity/performance mode 60fps fidelity and 120 performance. Who knows. Maybe later they’ll even add it. Not everyone has HDMI 2.1 either sOo ya

  • Can we pls talk about why the game will still only be 60fps it makes a big difference between winning and losing especially when going up against a pc player i don’t get why we are getting no improvements to up fps

  • Wanted to ask, it says Fortnite will run at 4k 60fps, but will it be able to run 1080p 120fps?
    And if not, will it be added in the future?

  • give us 1080p 120hz mode pls
    like the other ps5 shooter games.

    Ipad supports 120fps mode why not a next gen console ?

  • it’s the same.game, why are people still playing, does it need great gfx etc as that’s never been why people play it. I’ve banned it in my house and all three of my last day are not allowed to play due to the serious attitude I get from them after they have been playing it.

  • Save the World players of Fortnite:
    Um, hello? Epic remember we are Fortnite too?

  • id prefer 1440p with 120fps or 1080p with 120fps

    • exactly mate! why are they not allowing 120fps?? the all propaganda of ps5 was based on the fact that u could finally get as competitive as the computer players. ” Higher resolutions and framer”… so disappointed with ps5 in general.. no 1440p.. only a few games with run at 120fps.. defo no buying ps5 that’s for sure. rip ps5

  • so it’s gonna be 4K 60fps which is dope but could it go up to 120?? probably not because they capped it at 60 so the game works properly which is ok np. Can’t wait. I started disliking Fortnite but this’ll make me go back on more often. Keep up the great updates guys, thanks PlayStation/Epic

  • exactly mate! why are they not allowing 120fps?? the all propaganda of ps5 was based on the fact that u could finally get as competitive as the computer players. ” higher resolutions and framer”… so disappointed with ps5 in general.. no 1440p.. only a few games with run at 120fps.. defo no buying ps5 that’s for sure. rip ps5

  • Fortnite bad Minecraft good

  • I don’t can buy ps5😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🥺😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Hello

    Are there any Sony moderators here?
    Where can I report problems, make any suggestions or ask questions?

    Why is the console coming out and there is no official forum for the next generation?

    Is sony in this generation going to do what ps3 and ps4 did not do?
    e.g.
    I mean scammers with all kinds of devices like “Cronus, Xim ‘Etc.”
    (and there were a lot of them)

    It was written on the official CronusZen forum that cronus-cheat
    works on PS5 if played on ps4 gamepad (no recoil in weapons etc)

    I know that you have a lot of work now #premiere, but please take care of it, or at the beginning write to us that you will fight this type of fraud
    On PC that kind of things are banned but on ps3 / 4 no one has ever been banned for this.

    Best regards.

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