Fortnite Battle Royale is that awesome game all of us are already playing or want to play. It’s beautiful art style graphics and explosive action-packed gameplay keeps the players hooked for hours in the end; and, despite the casual cartoon-y vibes it gives, there is enough mechanics involved that allows for serious tactical actions and decisions to be important in the small amount of time a player is in the island.
The game has essentially made its place in a present-day culture with its victory dances and others token terms, moves and linguistic strangeness seeping into all walks of social life.
And, with the huge number of players, veteran gamers and casual game-lovers alike, it is almost for certain that there would be a general expectation that the devs will consider releasing the game in multiple device types. For once, the fans were not disappointed as Fortnite, due to its very low requirements and virtually no device specific advantages, was made available for PCs running Windows as well as Mac. Further down the line, we saw Fortnite being released for iOS as well, and there’s a huge hype around with everyone speculating and trying to figure out when Fortnite will be available in Android devices.
We at LyncConf are trying to provide information about Fortnite for Mac systems. Hope it helps the readers – in case, there’s some special problem you’re having with installing, or playing, Fortnite in your device, let us know in the comment section below and we will try to help you as best as we can.
So read on! And, don’t forget to download and try the game out – it’s free if you didn’t know.
Can you run Fortnite in Mac?
Like we had said before, its requirements are quite simple – to the extent that compared to today’s systems, it is fairly low-spec. The absolutely awesome time a player has while playing this generous free-to-play, explosive, battle royale game is unthinkable when we look at the specs and realize that it doesn’t even require a half-decent system.
Okay, you are interested to join the digital revolution that Fortnite is bringing about, or you want to try and find out exactly what the fuss is all about – if you own a Mac and you are raring to up against the likes of Drake and Ninja, here’s the set of requirements that you should have depended on the kind of performance you are okay with.
30fps @1344×756 and Medium Settings
- Intel Core i3 clocked at 2.4 GHz
- 4GB RAM – preferably >1600 MHz
- Graphics better than or equivalent to Intel HD 4000.
While this kind of hardware can handle medium settings, we suggest dropping the graphics settings a little to get an fps gain of about 5 frames per second and a more stable experience overall. Or, since you are using a Mac, you have the possibility of having Intel Iris graphics – which should allow for a similar experience but is standard medium settings.
And the game doesn’t look any worse in medium graphics; we have the rich, vibrant and non-realistic visuals to thank for that. Though, if you absolutely must play with super fine visual quality – here’s your upgrade path.
First, get a discrete GPU, a graphics card, that is at least Nvidia GTX 650 Ti or better. The eventually go for a better CPU and finally make sure your rig has 8GB RAM. It should lead you to our next system requirement level.
Going from Low to Medium reduces FPS by 31% but the game looks much better with added shadow effects and details:
40-50fps @1080p and High Settings
- Intel Core i5 clocked at 2.8 GHz or better
- 8GB RAM
- Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7xxx series.
Alright, now we are talking serious stuff. That seems to have escalated really fast – but as more settings are flicked towards the higher options, or turned on, the resource required staggers higher. Though, this is probably going to work just fine for most of the people.
The tough part is actually changing the graphics card because it is not as intuitive and easy as in a self-assembled Windows system. Depending on whether you have a laptop or a desktop PC, you might not even be able to change/upgrade your GPU. For all the desktop users, click here for a nice video that shows how to change the graphics card that came with your Mac. It is a general guide and might vary a little depending on your system.
60fps at Epic Settings
Now would be a good time to say that we haven’t tested one system where it ran Epic Settings and still held at an average 60fps. Our max fps was 45, the average was 38 and 0.1% was 23. Those are good numbers since there are no serious fps drops along the spectrum, everything was quite smooth and even decrease in fps was uniform and blended in during the intense action – not much harm done. That being said, the gameplay wasn’t very satisfying. The very fluid gameplay that is a characteristic of Fortnite was almost missing, and the weapon handling, especially, felt clunky when multiple players were present in a shootout in an urban region.
Despite our best efforts, we could not find out exactly what the system specs were except that it had 16GB RAM. The heavy modification done by the previous owner rendered it a mess of wires our components – the system read the specs as i3 with a Nvidia GTX card; which wasn’t something we were confident about since it handles tasks meant for an i7 and a card with serious beef, not the one we found.
It is safe to say that if you are a Mac user, there is no conventional way to make the game run at Epic Settings – but the potential is there, who knows what kind of performance a properly modded device will bring out from your old device.
Well, all that drivel was about older devices. If you have the latest iMac Pro or Mac Pro, you can simply fire up Fortnite, and don’t bother checking the settings – it will be at the highest preset possible.
Fortnite 3D resolution Settings
- 1280×800, Low settings, 100% 3D resolution: 23 FPS
- 1280×800, Low settings, 66% 3D resolution: 35.2 FPS
Note: Don’t Go lower than 66%, as the game will suffer than
Fortnite Mac System Requirements
These are the official Fortnite Battle Royale Mac system requirements:
|OS||OS 10.12 Sierra|
|Processor||2.4 GHz Core i3|
|Memory||4 GB RAM|
|Video||Intel HD 4000|
|Hard Drive||19 GB|
Follow the Below Settings to Increase FPS for Fortnite in Mac
- Fullscreen mode
- Set frame rate limit to 30 (to decrease those big frame rate drops)
- Quality: Low
- V-sync off
- Reduce the 3D resolution setting
This may increase the 5-10 extra FPS which will work for you.
Is your Mac Compatible to Run Fortnite?
*2015 & After Model
|MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015)||2.7 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris Graphics 6100||28.1|
|MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017)||2.3 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640||60.2|
|MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Touch Bar)||3.1 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650||39.0|
|MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)||2 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris Graphics 540||50.4|
|MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Touch Bar)||3.1 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris Graphics 550||51.4|
|MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)||2.2 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel HD Graphics 6000||24.4|
What if you have Mac before the 2013 Year
|MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2013)||2 GHz Intel Core i7||Intel Iris Pro||38.5|
|MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)||2.4 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris 5100||23.4|
|MacBook Pro (Non Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2012)||2.9 GHz Intel Core i7||Intel HD Graphics 4000||40.2|
|MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)||1.4 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel HD Graphics 5000||20.6|
|Mac Mini (Late 2012)||2.5 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel HD Graphics 4000||25.8|
|iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)||2.7 GHz Intel Core i5||Intel Iris Pro||44.9|
Is it worth upgrading for?
Hell, yeah! Everything is worth doing for Fortnite Battle Royale! With the Season 4 Battle Pass out, the game has more content than ever, packs promise for more fun than ever and cosmetics so bizarre that they actually make sense! The base game is still free to play and winning depends only on how good, or strangely, you play the match. You can buy various skins for your character, a lot of different glider options, skins for the axe that you carry into battle, etc. using V-Bucks.
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So, the game still remains the most fair you’ll ever find. We can’t wait for the game to become a huge esports success!