Now that the PS5 is revealed, and we know its specs, there’s plenty of hype for how it will run Fortnite!
With new ray-tracing capabilities, it’s sure to be amazing.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Latest News – Ray-tracing has arrived!
Many see ray-tracing as the graphics of the future, as long as machines can handle it.
Fortnite has taken a step towards this by adding ray-tracing!
This should be huge impactful for next-gen, and for those who can take it, a way to massively improve the way Fortnite looks today.
Season 4 on the horizon
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 looks to be the last season before we step onto Next Gen!
With the season is expected to last around 10 weeks, the PS5 should arrive at some point during Season 5 – and it remains to be seen what impact Next Gen’s arrival will have!
Fortnite confirmed for PS5
Confirmed during Epic Games’ stint at Summer Games Fest, we now know that the world’s biggest game will appear on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
What we know so far
Epic Games released an article all about Fortnite on Next Gen consoles on its website, answering the following questions:
Is this an all-new Fortnite?
No, this is not a new version of Fortnite. It’s Fortnite optimised to take advantage of the new hardware and features on next-gen consoles.
How will Fortnite take advantage on Next-Gen Hardware?
More powerful hardware allows Epic to improve performance and visuals.
At launch, the version of Fortnite released on next-gen consoles will be built with Unreal Engine 4.
It will then be migrated to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021.
We know the PS5 will have the ability to put out 4k at 120 FPS, but it’s unclear whether this will be available for Fortnite at launch.
Unreal Engine 5
The Unreal Engine 5 was revealed in an impressive tech demo. It has a number of features that make it one of the most exciting announcements in the gaming industry.
There are two standout features of the new engine, called Lumen and Nanite.
We’ll likely get some more information regarding the new Unreal Engine at the PS5 Reveal Event later this week.
Put simply, Nanite allows developers to import extremely high-detailed source material, but as ‘virtualised geometry’. In short – developers can add insanely detailed items into the game easily.
It’s exciting to imagine the potential for this with Fortnite!
Lumen concerns itself with lighting and is an incredibly impressive feature of Unreal Engine 5.
This feature allows for lighting to be fully dynamic, in other words, change depending on the environment.
It calculates shadows and reflections on the fly, creating real-time and very realistic behaviour. You’ll even see that shining a light in the tech demo makes some insects scurry away! Amazing stuff.
The current version of Fortnite will be available from launch on PS5.
Things will then level up when Unreal Engine 5 arrives…
The big news is here is that Unreal Engine 5 will level up the graphic on Fortnite.
At first, Fortnite on Next Consoles will be on Unreal Engine 4, but this will be updated to UE5 in 2021.
READ MORE: What does Unreal Engine 5 mean for Fortnite?
Since the PS5 is going to have the internal hardware to power games up to 160 FPS, console gamers are due to have a substantial increase to their gaming experience.
For those who do not remember, Epic Games recently implemented the Chaos Physics Engine for the latest season of Fortnite.
This new engine has allowed Epic Games to pull of these marvellous events such as the Travis Scott Astronomical concert.
READ MORE: All the leaks regarding Fortnite Season 4
When Fortnite does port over to the PS5, and with UE5, we can suspect a large increase in frame rate for users.
As of now, there is little gameplay of any title confirmed for the PS5; we do however suspect Fortnite will release some in the coming months.
All we saw from Epic Games was a demo for an untitled game, which is perhaps not relatable to Fortnite!
Watch this space to see what does appear, however.
In the coming months keep your eyes peeled on any official Fornite social media accounts.
As this is where they will probably announce any news of importing the game over to the PS5!
PS5 Console Reveal
The PS5 reveal event lifted the lid on what to expect from the Next Gen console.
Although Fortnite may not look entirely different, the updated hardware and software should give the players a new, more fluid experience.
With increased resolution and framerates, you may get a slight advantage in competitive games like Fortnite.
The new DualShock 5 controller will likely have some features that give players an advantage – with haptic feedback the main selling point.
Xbox Series X Comparison
Fortnite is a quality game in its own right and doesn’t rely on super high-tech graphic to make it stand out.
Even if there is a slight difference in the capability between PS5 and Xbox Series X, does expect the game to run any differently.
This also opens the door for cross-play – so the choice of console is solely down to you!
Ernestina Saenz Salcido is a reporter for News Lair. She mostly writes on her free time about gadgets and tech news. When she’s not working she takes care of her 2 daughters.