Epic Games has announced a new “performance mode” that will be added for the PC version of Fortnite with the v15.10 update.
On December 15, Fortnite will get a new performance mode option specifically aimed to give PC players playing on lower-end hardware, higher FPS. This feature will release in an alpha stage and will sacrifice visual quality to lower memory usage and CPU/GPU load, thus resulting in better stability and higher frame rates.
This new mode is huge for Epic Games and Fortnite players, as it makes the gaming experience on lower-end hardware better. It could bring many new players to the game who don’t have good gaming PC’s or laptops and reduce the entry-level to play Fortnite on PC.
Performance mode will be available under the Advanced Graphics option and is currently only available for the Battle Royale mode and Creative. If you are on low-end hardware, the game will issue a prompt recommending you try the new performance mode out.
Epic Games recommends having at least 6 GB of RAM available for the game to function well, and also states an SSD will reduce overall game hitches and stutters.
Save More Hard Drive/SSD Space
Also dropping with this update is the ability for players to uninstall high resolution textures from the Fortnite install. Since players who use the new performance mode won’t have use for these textures, they can benefit from having some extra hard drive space for other games.
Here’s how to uninstall the textures:
- 1. Open the Epic Games Launcher
- 2. Click on Library
- 3. Click on the 3 dots on the bottom right, under the Fortnite picture.
- 4. Click on options
- 5. Uncheck the box next to “high resolution textures”.
- 6. Hit apply.
Overall, this should reduce the game’s footprint by 14GB, making the game a very small 17GB (for today’s AAA standards) on your hard drive.
The FPS boosts have been massive for laptops especially. A test of a laptop running an Intel i5-8265U @ 1.6GHz, 8 GB of RAM and integrated graphics went from an unplayable 24 FPS at 720p to a smooth 61 FPS, nearly a three-fold increase.
Overall, the idea here seems to be targeted towards having Fortnite function well on laptops with integrated graphics. The results seem promising so far.
Leaked Fortnite 20.40 cosmetics: Skins, Pickaxes, Wraps & more
Here are all of the leaked cosmetics that data miners uncovered in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2’s 20.40 update.
Fortnite’s 20.40 update brought new game files for data miners to go through, and many new cosmetics have been uncovered from the update patch. Here are all the leaked 20.40 cosmetics.
Data miners have taken the opportunity to go through the new update’s game files to see what new cosmetics have now been added to the game. Here are all the leaked Fortnite cosmetics in the 20.40 update.
Fortnite 20.40 leaked skins
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Here are all the leaked Fortnite 20.40 skins:
- Tectonic Komplex
- Southpaw (Fortnite Crew)
- Eternal Wanderer (Standard version and Deep Space Style with helmet)
- Captain Carlos
- Emmy Elite
- FNCS Champion Server
- General Banshee
- Heavy Hitter Hector
- Jonesy the Secondst
- Mercenary Mansu
- Ramirez Redux
- Taskforce Rio
- Paradigm (TBD)
- New Jonesy outfit (TBD)
- Survey Outfit (TBD)
Fortnite 20.40 leaked Pickaxes
Five new Pickaxes have been leaked following the arrival of Fortnite’s 20.40 update, including the Sulfuric Street Shine pickaxe which is part of the Volcanic Ash-sassin set featuring the Tectonic Komplex outfit.
Here are the Fortnite 20.40 leaked Pickaxes:
- Sulfuric Street Shine
- Tactical Geoms
- Inline Impactor
- Island Classic
Fortnite 20.40 leaked cosmetics
The 20.40 update game files also feature other cosmetic items such as Back Blings, Emotes, Sprays, Weapon Wraps, and Emoticons that have been leaked by Fortnite data miner, HYPEX.
Here are the leaked Fortnite cosmetics:
- Fiery Jam Back Bling
- Alpha Cylinder Back Bling
- Ollie-Oop Back Bling
- Stellar Scanner Back Bling
- Targeter’s Tally Back Bling
- New World Flyer
- Fiery Flow Wrap
- C3S2 Contender Wraps (I, II, & III)
- C3S2 Champion Wraps (I, II, & III)
- Champion Crowded Loading Screen
- Island Icons Loading Screen
- Take Me Higher Music Pack
- Crashed In (Instrumental) Music Pack
- Shark Surfers Spray
- GG Goo Emoticon
- It’s You Emoticon
- Wary Emoticon
- GG Gleam Emoticon
- GG Gnarly Emoticon
It’s worth keeping in mind that these are just leaks, so while these cosmetics have been added to the game files, there’s no guarantee that we’ll see them added to the game.
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Will Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 have a live event finale?
Fortnite players are desperate for Chapter 3, Season 2 to end with a live event finale, so here’s everything we know so far.
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 is drawing to a close and one of the highlights of a new season is the live event. Here’s everything we know about whether Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 will end with a live event.
Fortnite has become known for its incredible crossovers and live events as much as its gameplay. These events feature unique playlists that have players join to watch the event together, and they’re usually used to usher in the next season or Chapter.
Players were disappointed when Chapter 3’s first season didn’t include one of these live events, so they’ll be keen to know whether Chapter 3, Season 2 will have a live event finale. Here’s everything we know about whether a live event will kick off Season 3.
- Will Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 have a live event finale?
- When is Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2’s live event finale?
Will Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 have a live event finale?
According to data miners following the v20.40 update, Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 will end with a live event.
Data miners have discovered strings that appear to prove there will be a season-ending live event finale. Leaker FNBRintel has discovered a ton of strings for the event, which include an in-game countdown and a way for streamers to use DMCA-free music during it.
Another leaker, FortTory, has also said that there will be a pre-event lobby where “we can expect some animations and sequences” before the main event. However, they won’t say anything more for now.
New skins for Paradigm and Jonesy have also been found in the patch notes, and Shiina believes they’ll have a part to play in the live event finale. They also leaked that there will be “multiple cosmetics available for the event.”
When is Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2’s live event finale?
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2’s live event should go live on the last day of the season, which is set to be on June 3.
Once the event concludes, there’s set to be “an extended downtime,” with a “waiting screen similar to previous events.” There’s no way of knowing how long the downtime will last at the time of writing, though.
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Fortnite 20.40 update patch notes: Loot Lake Doomsday device, live event leaks, Sideways Showdown, more
Fortnite’s 20.40 update is here, bringing Loot Lake’s new Doomsday Device, Ali-A’s Icon Series, and the season-ending live event.
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2’s final major update, 20.40, is here. This brings Ali-A’s Icon Series, the Sideways Showdown week, Loot Lake map changes, and the Doomsday Device which appears to be setting up a season-ending live event.
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 is drawing to a close, but that isn’t stopping Epic Games from keeping the content coming. Soon after Scarlet Witch and the Star Wars Day celebration arrived in the 20.30 update, the 20.40 update has brought Ali-A’s Icon Series and overhauled the Loot Lake POI with the new Doomsday Device.
Here’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 20.40 update, including the changes to Loot Lake, the Sideways Showdown Week, live event leaks, bug fixes, and more.
- Doomsday Device arrives at Loot Lake
- Sideways Showdown week
- Live event found in Fortnite 20.40 update
- Ali-A arrives with Fortnite 20.40 update
- Fortnite 20.40 update bug fixes
Fortnite v20.40 patch notes
Doomsday Device arrives at Loot Lake with Fortnite 20.40 update
Fortnite data miners have discovered that Fortnite’s 20.40 update has brought the Doomsday Device to Loot Lake, and it appears to tie in with a live event that we’ll see in Chapter 3 Season 3.
The Doomsday Device is a huge tower at Loot Lake’s shore, surrounded by small buildings that’ll be perfect for looting. Popular leaker HYPEX said: “The Doomsday Device is set to have some periodic pulses that either enable glider redeploy, low gravity or extra speed,” but they explained that these features might not make it into the update.
Sideways Showdown Week in Fortnite 20.40 update
Wild Weeks are back for the last few weeks of Fortnite Season 2, with the Sideways weapons returning as part of 20.40’s Sideways Showdown.
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The Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun have returned and can be found as floor loot and in chests. With no Cube Monster Parts to upgrade them, you can now just take them to an Upgrade Bench.
There’s a new set of challenges and you’ll have until May 24 to complete them before the next Wild Week.
Live event found in Fortnite 20.40 update
Fortnite players were devasted when Chapter 3, Season 1 didn’t end with a live event, but it appears Season 2 will bring one.
Data miners have been browsing the 20.40 game files and discovered a season-ending live event, which is set to be followed by “extended downtime” ahead of Season 3. Shiina also said that “Multiple cosmetics will be available for the event,” believing that Paradigm and Jonesy will play a part.
With Season 2 set to wrap up on June 3, we’d expect the event to arrive around this date, with Season 3 kicking off a couple of days after.
Ali-A arrives with Fortnite 20.40 update
Top Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A arrives with the 20.40 update, where players can earn the free ‘Ali-A Was Here’ Spray as soon as the update is live.
All players need to do is head to the Ali-A Experience Island (code: 5135-8778-2901) and Eliminate 25 opponents. Then, the YouTuber’s Spray will be yours for free.
Players can then either win the Ali-A Icon Series skin in the Ali-A Cup or purchase it from the Item Shop, where the set includes a Back Bling that doubles up as a Glider, a Pickaxe, Wrap, and Emote.
Fortnite 20.40 update bug fixes
Thanks to Epic Games’ Trello board of Fortnite community issues, we can see the issues that are confirmed to be fixed in the next game update, which is 20.40.
- General Top Issues
- Players do not receive toast notifications while in a match in a party with another player
- Traps may sometimes not place immediately
- Battle Royale Top Issues
- Anvil Rocket Launcher UI missing
- Creative Top Issues
- Joining a Creative game in progress may lock the new player out until the round ends
For more Fortnite, be sure to check out how to call in an Air Strike on a Tank to help complete the Weekly Quests.
Image Credit: Epic Games
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