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*UPDATED* Fortnite PS5: Details, Release Dates, Trailer, Graphics, Unreal Engine, Gameplay, Cross-play & More!

The PS5 has finally arrived - and you can get playing Fortnite immediately.

That said, the battle royale classic will burst into life on Next Gen next year.

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Latest News - PS5 is here!

Yes, at long last the PS5 has arrived!

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, you can jump off the battle bus and take Fortnite by storm.

Tournament play has been added in a recent update from Epic, so best of luck on Next Gen!

Fortnite PS5 Trailer

Fortnite PS5 Details

Epic has posted a blog post detailing all the additions they will add to the PS5.

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4K RESOLUTION AT 60 FPS

Experience Fortnite on PlayStation like never before on PlayStation 5 with stunning 4K running at a smooth 60 FPS.

DYNAMIC VISUALS AND PHYSICS

Experience a more dynamic and interactive world with grass and trees responding to explosions, enhanced fluid simulations for smoke and liquid (cooler-looking smoke and liquid effects), and all-new Storm and cloud effects.

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DUALSENSE CONTROLLER IMMERSION

Haptic feedback makes it feel like you’re holding the Suppressed SMG or Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle. In addition to general vibration support, we’ve integrated haptic trigger feedback for ranged weapons on the new DualSense controller.

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SELECT YOUR FAVORITE MODE FROM THE PS5 HOME SCREEN

Fortnite supports PS5’s Activities, starting with the ability to go straight into the Battle Royale Lobby with either Solo, Duos, or Squads selected. Once in the Lobby, choose to queue up for your selected mode!

GET INTO MATCHES FASTER

Loading performance has been significantly upgraded, not only improving texture loading but also helping you get into a match from game start-up much faster.

ENHANCED SPLIT SCREEN

On PS5, Split Screen now supports 60 FPS.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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READ MORE: What does Unreal Engine 5 mean for Fortnite?

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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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.

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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!

Xbox Series X Comparison

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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!

READ MORE: Full list of confirmed games for Xbox Series X