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16 Sep 2020

Fortnite PS5: Showcase Event TODAY, Next-Gen, Ray-Tracing, Release Date, Xbox Series X, Season 5, Trailer, Graphics, Unreal Engine, Gameplay, Cross-play & More!

Fortnite PS5: Showcase Event TODAY, Next-Gen, Ray-Tracing,
Release Date, Xbox Series X, Season 5, Trailer, Graphics, Unreal
Engine, Gameplay, Cross-play & More!

What could the future of the world's most popular game have in store for us on Next Gen consoles?

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Latest News - Fortnite teaser at PS5 Showcase + Release date & price announced

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Fortnite PS5 Trailer

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What we know so far

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Release Date

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Graphics?

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Gameplay?

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PS5 Console Reveal

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Xbox Series X Comparison

We first received the initial PS5 reveal for Sony's next-gen console, where we learned specs.

Now, we are waiting for the showcase later today which could reveal some massive details about the future of Fortnite.

Here's all the latest news about Fortnite on PS5.

Latest News - Fortnite teaser at PS5 Showcase + Release date & price announced

Sony's PS5 showcase was full of amazing games, including Spider-Man Mile Morales and an all-new Harry Potter game titled Hogwarts Legacy.

It also gave us a very small glimpse of Fortnite and on the brand new console.

Sony also gave fans the release date and price of the new console.

PS5 release dates

STAGGERING: Sony is starting in some key markets, but leaving Europe waiting

The different release dates is a frustration for fans, but might ease worries about stock.

The console is priced at $499/£449, with the Digital version at $399/£359.

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Fortnite PS5 Trailer

What we know so far

Epic Games released an article all about Fortnite on Next Gen consoles on its website, answering the following questions:

Is this an all-new Fortnite?

No, this is not a new version of Fortnite. It’s Fortnite optimised to take advantage of the new hardware and features on next-gen consoles.

How will Fortnite take advantage on Next-Gen Hardware?

More powerful hardware allows Epic to improve performance and visuals.

At launch, the version of Fortnite released on next-gen consoles will be built with Unreal Engine 4.

It will then be migrated to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021.

We know the PS5 will have the ability to put out 4k at 120 FPS, but it's unclear whether this will be available for Fortnite at launch.

Unreal Engine 5

The Unreal Engine 5 was revealed in an impressive tech demo.

It has a number of features that make it one of the most exciting announcements in the gaming industry.

There are two standout features of the new engine, called Lumen and Nanite.

We'll likely get some more information regarding the new Unreal Engine at the PS5 Reveal Event later this week.

Nanite

Put simply, Nanite allows developers to import extremely high-detailed source material, but as 'virtualised geometry'. In short - developers can add insanely detailed items into the game easily.

It's exciting to imagine the potential for this with Fortnite!

Lumen

Lumen concerns itself with lighting and is an incredibly impressive feature of Unreal Engine 5.

This feature allows for lighting to be fully dynamic, in other words, change depending on the environment.

It calculates shadows and reflections on the fly, creating real-time and very realistic behaviour.

You'll even see that shining a light in the tech demo makes some insects scurry away! Amazing stuff.

Release Date

The current version of Fortnite will be available from launch on PS5 - 12 November in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea - and then worldwide on 19 November.

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Things will then level up when Unreal Engine 5 arrives in 2021..

Graphics?

The big news is Unreal Engine 5 will level up the graphics on Fortnite.

At first, Fortnite on Next Consoles will be on Unreal Engine 4, but this will be updated to UE5 in 2021.

Since the PS5 is going to have the internal hardware to power games up to 160 FPS, console gamers are due to have a substantial increase to their gaming experience.

For those who do not remember, Epic Games recently implemented the Chaos Physics Engine for the latest season of Fortnite.

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CHAOS - The Travis Scott concert was AMAZING!

This new engine has allowed Epic Games to pull of these marvellous events such as the Travis Scott Astronomical concert.

When Fortnite does port over to the PS5, and with UE5, we can suspect a large increase in frame rate for users.

Ray-tracing

Many see ray-tracing as the graphics of the future, as long as machines can handle it.

Fortnite has taken a step towards this by adding ray-tracing!

This should be huge impactful for next-gen, and for those who can take it, a way to massively improve the way Fortnite looks today.

Gameplay?

As of now, there is little gameplay of any title confirmed for the PS5; we do however suspect Fortnite will release some in the coming months.

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All we saw from Epic Games was a demo for an untitled game, which is perhaps not relatable to Fortnite!

PS5 Console Reveal

The PS5 reveal event lifted the lid on what to expect from the Next Gen console.

Although Fortnite may not look entirely different, the updated hardware and software should give the players a new, more fluid experience.

With increased resolution and framerates, you may get a slight advantage in competitive games like Fortnite.

The new DualShock 5 controller will likely have some features that give players an advantage - with haptic feedback the main selling point.

Xbox Series X Comparison

Fortnite is a quality game in its own right and doesn't rely on super high-tech graphic to make it stand out.

Even if there is a slight difference in the capability between PS5 and Xbox Series X, does expect the game to run any differently.

This also opens the door for cross-play - so the choice of console is solely down to you!