Next-Gen Tech and DualSense Features revealed for Fortnite on PS5

Fortnite has been a household name for gamers since its inception on the PS4 3 years ago. It was a fresh take on the the Battle Royale genre with the build-to-protect feature which added not only a new dimension to the genre but also a learning curve to acing the game.

And now, as we are just a few days away from the much awaited launch of the PS5, we take a look into how Fortnite will take advantage of the DualSense controller and how it would utilise the PS5s tech to make gameplay better.

A Dive into DualSense: A More Tactile Battle Royale

To demonstrate how the DualSense controller would would work, the initial usage of it will be restricted to ranged weapons, making it feel like your old favorites such as the Pistol, Suppressed SMG, and Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle are actually in your hands. How does this work though?

Fortnite will support two kinds of adaptive trigger feedback for ranged weapons: trigger pull feedback and sustained feedback. Weapons that fire once per trigger pull — your Pistols, SMGs, Snipers, Assault Rifles, etc. — will use trigger pull feedback, meaning you’ll feel the authentic resistance of pulling their triggers as you push down the trigger of the DualSense.

Weapons that require you to hold down the trigger button — like the Boom Bow and the Minigun — will make use of sustained feedback. Even as you’re holding the DualSense trigger all the way down, you’ll still feel an authentic sensation of resistance, reminiscent of what it feels like to draw back a bow or keep a Minigun firing.

Fortnite and the Power of the PS5

A reminder that Fortnite on the PS5 wont just be a tweaked version that would have minor improvements from the PS4 version, but a bespoke one that allows us to take full advantage of the new hardware’s power.

Below is a quick summary of how we’re putting the PS5’s power to use to create an upgraded Fortnite experience: 

  • Working with the console’s custom RDNA 2 GPU, we’ve made the next-gen version of Fortnite output at 4K and up to 60 FPS in all game modes on PS5.
  • The Zen 2 CPU + expanded memory let us use dynamic visuals and physics to bring even more life to the Fortnite Island. Grass and trees respond to explosions, visual effects for smoke and liquid are enhanced, and there are new effects for clouds and the Storm.
  • Our work with PS5’s ultra-high speed SSD has let us dramatically upgrade loading performance, improving texture loading and letting you get into matches much faster.
  • Split Screen can be played with higher performance: up to 60 FPS! This is due to our work with the improved CPU, GPU, and memory.

Enter the Future with a Memento of the Past

Never forget your roots.

That is what Playstation aims to do as we enter a new and exciting generation of consoles. They’re offering all players the free Throwback Axe Pickaxe, the classic default Pickaxe from Fortnite Chapter 1!

This free Pickaxe is currently available in the Item Shop and PlayStation Store and will remain available through January 15, 2021. Whether you pick it up on your PS4 or PS5, the Pickaxe will stay with you in your Fortnite Locker.

[Source – PlayStation Blog]