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Epic Games announces a new Performance Mode that might benefit Fortnite gameplay on older PCs

Fortnite has a new Performance Mode. (Source: Epic Games)
Fortnite has a new Performance Mode. (Source: Epic Games)
Epic Games has released a new alpha for Fortnite on PCs. It may lower the flagshi title's demand on memory and hard-drive space in order to increase FPS on devices with less powerful CPUs. Then again, it may also reduce detail and visual effects in-game.
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Epic Games has issued a new alpha for its marquee title Fortnite that may improve some metrics for older systems running this game. For example, the company estimates that it might increase the frame-rate for a device with an AMD A10-5745M APU and Radeon HD 8610G graphics to 45 fps (compared to 18 fps without this new more).

Alternatively, a PC with the Core i5-8265U/UHD Graphics 620 could get up to 61 fps with this Performance Mode, compared to 24 fps without it. However, the new option does require that the PC in question would have  6 to 8GB of RAM available to the game, and to move it to an SSD.

Then again, there is a trade-off to this new Mode. It removes high-resolution textures from the game, which represents about 14GB of its total download size. Without then, the game technically runs smoother, albeit without high-quality details and effects.

This new option can be accessed from Fortnite's Options in the Epic Games Launcher, and also exists as a choice in its rendering modes. Epic Games indicates that it can be switched off and on at the user's discretion, although this requires a game restart. Performance Mode is only available for the Battle Royale or Creative modes, and should be available to PC users from now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12-16 (Update: 2020-12-22)