Fortnite’s PC requirements are changing

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Chapter 2 Season 7 of Fortnite will bring with it changes to the PC version that will improve the quality of the Epic and High graphical presets. This change has brought with it an update to the PC requirements in some areas.

This update – v17.00 – will improve cloud effects, storm effects, smoke effects, liquid effects, postprocessing features and shadow quality on the Epic preset.

The High preset will now inherit the Epic preset from before the v17.00 update. Low and Medium are left as is with this new change.

Because the top end has been made more difficult to run the PC specs for it have had to change too. Below you fill find these specs for the Epic preset and the recommended specs have changed, while the minimum specs have not.

Strangely the recommended spec update is “unrelated to the new visual changes” according to Epic Games.

Even with these new changes Fortnite remains relatively easy to run. GPU shortages have forced many to remain with older cards even if they’ve been wanting to upgrade, but even those older cards should be able to fit into one of the spec lists below.

Also worth noting is that the recommended specs now have Windows 10 64-bit. Epic Games does, however, ensure that those on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit will still be able to play Fortnite optimally. Even so we encourage those on older versions of Windows to upgrade for the sake of security.

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

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
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