Fortnite’s new performance mode gives executives a huge boost for low-end gaming PCs
With this week’s Epic vs. Apple courtroom shenanigans, it’s easy to miss out on any news from Fortnite itself. While not as interesting as people shouting “Fortnite Free” during court proceedings, the release of Fortnite’s Performance Mode, which will help gamers on minimum spec PCs achieve increased frame rates, is still a big deal.
According to the Fortnite team, performance mode is a “new experimental mode that offers significant performance gains by swapping out visual quality to reduce memory usage and lighten the load on the processor and GPU.” As long as your system meets minimum performance requirements, you should see performance improvement.
You can enable performance mode by heading to Fortnite’s video settings under Advanced Graphics and switching the render mode to “ Performance (Alpha) ”. The visual quality seems to drop considerably to smooth the framerate of the screenshot at the bottom.
Epic lists a few examples of performance modes that offer a much better than 100% increase in framerate on systems running integrated graphics on Intel and AMD systems set to 720p. A jump from 18 fps to 45 fps on a system with an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics card (released in 2013) takes the game from virtually unplayable to somewhat competitive.
In addition to the performance mode, you will now be able to disable the downloading of high resolution textures (16.44 GB), reducing the size of the game file to a manageable 18.25 GB.
Note that performance mode is only available for Battle Royale and Creative modes (sorry, Save the World players). If you’re looking to play Fortnite on a lousy working PC or gaming laptop, you’ve got a way.