Fortnite on PC to Get Upgraded Visuals in v17.00!

The Fortnite Team

When Chapter 2 Season 7 (v17.00) arrives next week, Fortnite on PC will receive upgraded visuals! While running “Epic” graphics settings on a machine that meets system requirements, you’ll be able to enjoy new and enhanced effects plus improved postprocessing features and shadow quality. 

For more information, including how these changes affect graphics settings overall, read on below. 

Fortnite PC Visual Upgrades

Changes to Epic and High Settings

Starting with Chapter 2 Season 7, if you play with your “Quality Presets” option set to Epic, you’ll notice that both Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid. What’s that mean? Expect cooler-looking explosion, fire, and Slurp effects! 

Speaking of cool, the changes will include improved postprocessing features for bloom and lens flares, as well as improved shadow quality!

Fortnite on Next Gen Consoles

When Fortnite released on the new generation of consoles in 2020, it introduced more advanced explosion effects. These advanced effects will arrive on PC in v17.00.

Because of these upgrades, Epic settings will require higher device specifications to run with optimal performance. High settings will become the equivalent of the pre-v17.00 Epic settings, so your experience with High settings may change depending on your specifications. 

Low and Medium settings, as well as the Performance rendering mode alpha, will remain the same with the release of v17.00.

Updated Fortnite PC Requirements

With the upgrades to Epic Quality Presets (“Epic settings”), we’ve added a system requirements category for running Epic settings optimally: Epic Quality Presets specifications. The Epic Quality Presets specifications are NOT replacing the Recommended specifications.

Epic Quality Presets specifications

  • Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
  • 4 GB VRAM or higher
  • Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
  • 16 GB RAM or higher
  • NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 64-bit

Below are the Recommended and Minimum PC specifications for Fortnite. Unrelated to the new visual changes, the Recommended GPU will become Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU when v17.00 releases. Also, we’re changing the official Recommended OS to Windows 10 64-bit, but please note that players on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit can still run Fortnite at optimal performance. The Minimum specifications will remain the same.

Recommended specifications

  • Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
  • 2 GB VRAM
  • Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Windows 10 64-bit

Minimum specifications

  • Intel HD 4000 on PC; Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

With v17.00, we hope you enjoy the upgraded visuals of Fortnite on PC!