A New Light: Fortnite PC Now Supports Ray Tracing

The Fortnite Team

Get ready to see Fortnite in a new light. Beginning today, PC players using supported NVIDIA GPU cards and DirectX12 can enable ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS!

What is ray tracing?

The advanced rendering capability of ray tracing allows new visual and lighting effects previously not possible in Fortnite. With our latest update, we’re delivering improved ambient occlusion, shadows, reflections, and real-time global illumination. 

How’s it look? The side-by-side screenshots below show how supporting PCs can create lifelike reflections and shadows when ray tracing is enabled. Nvidia has also pulled together a ray-traced map in Creative to show off the new tech. Use this Island code to check it out: 9189-0518-5408.

Ray Tracing For Fortnite PC

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See the difference enabling ray tracing has on your game experience.

NVIDIA DLSS and Reflex Mode in Fortnite

In addition to ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS DLSS boosts performance so you can enjoy ray tracing at higher frame rates. Fortnite features three DLSS options: Quality, Balanced, and Performance. These options control the DLSS rendering resolution, allowing you to choose the right balance between image quality and FPS. 

Meanwhile, NVIDIA Reflex delivers the lowest latency in Fortnite. By integrating directly in Fortnite, Reflex Low Latency Mode aligns game engine work to complete just-in-time for rendering, eliminating the GPU render queue and reducing CPU back pressure in GPU intensive scenes. 

Learn more about the enhancements to Fortnite in Nvidia’s blog.

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Fortnite PC - Ray Tracing System Requirements

For your PC to showcase ray tracing in Fortnite, make sure your system meets our minimum system requirements. We have also included recommended system requirements.

Minimum System Requirements

Requires DirectX 12 
CPU: 4 cores or more
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

Recommended System Requirements

Requires DirectX 12 
CPU: 8 cores or more
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

Turning on Ray Tracing for Fortnite

If your rig can handle ray tracing, open your game settings and take the following steps:

  1. Install the Windows 10 May 2020 (or later) update.
  2. Install the v455 Driver.
  3. Open Settings menu (Esc > Settings):
  4. Scroll down to Advanced Settings and change the DirectX Version to DirectX 12:
  5. DLSS is found at the bottom of Advanced Settings and has three modes: Quality, Balanced, and Performance.
  6. Enable the Ray Tracing option and any or all of the available ray tracing effects:

Turn On Ray Tracing For Fortnite Pc

PC Players running DX 12 can experiment with multiple settings adjustments for ray tracing.

Fire up the game and try it out!

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