In the upcoming update, PC Fortnite users will get a visual makeover to their version of the game.
Epic Games issued a blog post on the official Fortnite website earlier today, June 3, describing how the aesthetic overhauls for the PC version of the game will operate. “Beginning with Chapter 2 Season 7, if you play with the ‘Quality Presets’ option set to Epic, you’ll find that both Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from better Storm and cloud effects,” the site says.
Additionally, the PC update will include improvements to Fortnite’s smoke and liquid effects. Because of these new visual enhancements, Fortnite’s “high settings” on PC will now require the settings previously required for “epic settings” when the new update is released. In other words, the new cosmetic upgrades come at a technological cost.
There will also be modifications to Fortnite’s system requirements on PC if you play on “epic.” Because of the additional capabilities for smoke, storm, clouds, and liquid effects on epic settings, the modified requirements for the settings are as follows:
- 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.
All of this will be implemented when Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 7 launches next week. It’s still uncertain when the new season of Epic’s game will begin outside of the limited release window of the week beginning June 7, but when it does, update v17.00 will bring all of the graphic overhauls to PC.
We also don’t know what kind of fresh content the upcoming Fortnite season will have. While we can reasonably expect a new Battle Pass, skins, and other aesthetic incentives to emerge in the game during Chapter 2: Season 7, there are no hints as to the next season’s theme.
Unfortunately, it does not appear that these graphic updates will be extended to other platforms, at least not for the time being. Fortnite is available on three next-generation systems – PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S – but no graphic changes have been announced for any of the three powerful machines.