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Fortnite: System Requirements (PC and Mac)

System requirements for running the game on the PC and Mac platforms.

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If you're only now getting started with Fortnite, you might want to be sure your system is actually capable of running it.

To help you work that out, we've put together an overview of the system requirements for the PC and Mac versions of Fortnite.

In this article you'll find out Epic's basic recommendations. We've also included some extra notes of ours on how different systems will actually handle the game.

Also, we've also got some tips on how to access your own system specs, so you can get an idea of how the game will run on your device.

Fortnite is not a technically demanding game, so even a budget gaming PC should be able to handle it fine. If you're on Mac though, just keep an eye on the operating system you have. The game can be a bit choose when it comes to the Apple platform.

By the time you've finished reaching this article, you'll know:

  • How to find out your own system specs for Fortnite
  • The recommended system specs for Fortnite.

System Requirements (PC)

Below we've listed the official minimum and recommended specs, along with our thoughts on how well they'll actually run the game.

Minimum

  • Intel HD 4000
  • Core i3 2.4 Ghz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit + Mac OSX Sierra

Recommended

  • Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
  • 2 GB VRAM
  • Core i5 2.8 Ghz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

We don't recommend trying to run the game on the official minimum requirements listed above, as your system is going to struggle.

We're talking all settings to very low, a lowered screen resolution and still some awfully choppy performance. Integrated graphics won't cut it if you want to compete against other players without a hitch!

We're not talking big bucks to upgrade here, focus on purchasing a dedicated graphics card (GPU). It'll have the biggest impact on your system's gaming performance.

The card doesn't have to be top of the range either - it can be a few years old if needs be. As long as you're not relying on integrated graphics!

In contrast, the recommended settings get a big thumbs up from us.

Fortnite's not a graphically intensive game by any means, so it'll run nice and smoothly even on a budget rig. So long as you meet the quota: quad core processor (CPU), 8GB RAM and a mid-range GPU from a few years ago - or a current budget/mid-range GPU - you'll be able to run the game just fine.

If you're after a new PC, we'd recommend saving some pennies each month and building one of your own. Make sure you do some extensive research before buying the components. Ask friends, compare prices and dip into some forums too.

You can also buy pre-built systems which'll strip away all the hassle for a higher price point. Whichever suits you really!

System Requirements (Mac)

For Mac users things get a little bit more complicated.

From the official site, we've gathered that the system requirements are exactly the same as that of the Windows minimum specs. Just make sure you've got Mac OS X Sierra or above.

  • Intel HD 4000
  • Core i3 2.4 Ghz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Mac OS X Sierra

If you're using any other OS before Sierra, such as Yosemite or El Capitan, it's highly unlikely the game will run on your system - sorry!

To make things really simple, we've broken down how Fortnite: Battle Royale will run on your Mac system, dependent on what Integrated or Dedicated GPU it has installed.

If we've put "Not recommended", this means the game won't run well at all. "Recommended" means that it should run just fine. Sorry to say that your options will be very limited here!

All these Mac systems are the latest 2018 versions.

  • MacBook: Not recommended.
  • MacBook Air 13-inch: Not recommended.
  • MacBook Pro (with Intel Iris Pro Graphics): Not recommended.
  • MacBook Pro (with Radeon Pro 555 or 560): 555 may struggle, 560 recommended.
  • iMac 21.5-inch (with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640): Not recommended.
  • iMac 21.5-inch (with Radeon Pro 555 or Pro 560): 555 may struggle, 560 recommended.
  • iMac 27-inch: Recommended.
  • iMac Pro: Recommended.
  • Mac Pro: Recommended.
  • Mac Mini: Not recommended.

More Fortnite: Battle Royale guides

What's our build?

Here's what systems we're running the game with, so you can get a better idea of what parts you may or may not need to upgrade.

Mid-Range

  • Intel Core i5-7500 CPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB)
  • Windows 10 64-bit

This build runs the game like an absolute dream. We can ramp the settings up to Ultra with no FPS hitches whatsoever.

Budget

  • Intel Core i5 - 4570 CPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB)
  • Windows 10 64-bit

We configured this around 3 years ago, and since then we've only ever upgraded the GPU from a cheap and cheerful GTX 750Ti to the beefier RX 480.

Despite this machine being pretty budget oriented, we're still able to run the game at Very High or Ultra with no performance issues.

If we had the GTX 750Ti installed, we're sure the game would still run just fine at Medium to High settings overall.

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How do I find out my system specs?

PC

Here's how to find out what's in your rig right now.

  • Go to your Windows search bar and type in ‘dxdiag’.
  • This will bring up a screen which shows all the good stuff.
  • Things to take note of: Operating System (32 or 64-bit), Processor (CPU) and Memory (RAM).
  • To find out what graphics card you’ve got, click the tab entitled ‘Display 1’ at the top left.
  • If you’ve got a dedicated GPU installed it’ll list the manufacturer (AMD or Nvidia), followed by the chip number (GeForce GTX or AMD RX).
  • You can check your display memory and VRAM here too.
  • That’s all the information you’ll need!

Mac

Unsure what OS your Mac's running? Here's how to find out what's happening beneath the hood.

  • To find the Mac OS version and specifications, click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  • From the drop-down menu, click 'About This Mac' to open up the 'System Information' window.
  • This will list all the info you'll need!

Best performance settings

Depending on how powerful your rig is, you’ll want to fine-tune Fortnite’s settings for optimal performance.

There are a number of settings that need tweaking if you want to squeeze as many frames as possible out of your system. Make sure you check out our Settings guide for the complete lowdown on what to adjust.

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  • abitofadecline #1 A year ago
    don't know if I'm the only one, but Fortnite doesn't work for my new MacBook Air, with 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, and Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB. Posting bc I got my hopes up about this game for nothing...still not playable, even at the absolute lowest settings.