Fortnite to get next gen graphics upgrade on PC in Season 7

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When the next-generation of consoles released in November 2020, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, we saw a graphical upgrade for the next-gen ports of Fortnite.

This improved the overall graphics, lighting, reflections and added ray tracing.


Unfortunately, the PC version didn't receive the upgrade, although it has seen many other performance upgrades over recent months.

Now, Season 7 will finally bring those next-gen upgrades to the PC version of the game.

New Graphic Options Being Added In Season 7

The next-gen graphics upgrades, that were first seen on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, will finally be coming to the PC version on Fortnite with the 17.00 update.

In a blog post, Epic Games detailed what PC players can expect from the new graphics upgrades when the 17.00 update goes live.

"While running “Epic” graphics settings on a machine that meets system requirements, you’ll be able to enjoy new and enhanced effects plus improved postprocessing features and shadow quality."

This should put the graphics more like the next-gen console version, likely even exceeding them due to the graphical ability of the Nvidia 30 and AMD RX 6000 series of GPUs.

"If you play with your “Quality Presets” option set to Epic, you’ll notice that both Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid. What’s that mean? Expect cooler-looking explosion, fire, and Slurp effects!

Speaking of cool, the changes will include improved postprocessing features for bloom and lens flares, as well as improved shadow quality!"

This will then turn the High setting into the pre-17.00 Epic setting.

New System Requirements

With the new graphics settings comes an updated requirements list, with players needing more newer tech in order to make the most of the new settings.

Here are the updated PC requirements.

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