Gyro Aiming and Flick Stick Come to Fortnite in v19.30 - More Controller Options!

By The Fortnite Team

Made in collaboration with input specialist and flick stick creator Julian “Jibb” Smart, we’ve added gyro controls to Fortnite on gyro-supported platforms. And flick stick too!

You may be thinking: “Doesn’t Fortnite already have gyro controls?” While it’s true that Fortnite on Nintendo Switch and Android had gyro-based motion controls, we’ve added more robust gyro controls to Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4 and 5, and PC with v19.30! Read on to learn more about these controls, but first, check out this explainer video made by Jibb: 

Gyro Settings Summary

Fortnite Gyro Touch and Motion Controls

How to Enable Gyro (And What This Does)

Enable or disable gyro controls in the “Touch and Motion” tab of the settings. Do this by toggling “Gyro Aiming” to either on or off. When on, you’ll be able to control the camera by turning the controller. This can offer more precision than standard stick aiming, but it doesn’t have to replace it entirely — usually, players will still use the right stick for most camera control while using gyro aiming for finer adjustments that are difficult to do with a thumbstick. 
You’ll notice more gyro options in the Touch and Motion section. Let’s go over them!

Active Mode: Choose When Gyro’s Active

There are two separate “Active Mode” settings. “Active Mode (Combat)” refers to when you want gyro active while you’re in combat, while “Active Mode (Building)” refers to when you want gyro active while building or editing. Here are the selections for both!
Active Mode (Combat)

  • Scope Only: Gyro active only when aiming scoped weapons.

  • Scope or Aiming: Gyro active when aiming any weapon.

  • Scope, Aiming, Harvesting: Gyro active when aiming any weapon or swinging your Harvesting Tool.

  • Always: Gyro active whether or not you’re aiming a weapon or swinging your Harvesting Tool.

Active Mode (Building)

  • None: Gyro active neither when building or editing.

  • Editing: Gyro active when editing but not building.

  • Always: Gyro active when either building or editing. 

If you set either Active Mode to Always, it’s a good idea to have another way to disable gyro so you can reset your controller position. You can do this by setting the “Look Stick Effect” option (explained next) to “Disables” or, in the controller customization settings, customizing your controls to include a “Gyro Modifier” button.

On Android, a simple way to make sure you can control when gyro is active is by using the “Touch Effect” option. This lets you either enable or disable gyro while you are touching the look region of the screen.

Look Stick Effect: What the Right Stick