In a video uploaded by Digital Foundry, we take a look at the performance of Fortnite on the Android (Samsung Galaxy S9+), iOS (iPhone X), and Nintendo Switch (Portable Mode).
- All Mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Switch Portable) run at a maximum of 30fps.
- Android features 4 quality presets: Low, Medium, High, and Epic. Frame Rate target options include 30fps and 20fps.
- Epic and High quality presets – Android runs at 1480×720 resolution.
- Medium quality preset – Android runs at 1387×647 resolution (12% reduction).
- Low quality preset – Android runs at 925×450 resolution (56% reduction Medium, 61% reduction from Epic and High).
- Switch Portable runs at a maximum of 1280×720 dynamic resolution .
Epic Quality Preset
The Epic quality preset on Android is nearly indistinguishable from iOS on the iPhone X. Draw distances and foliage rendering are pushed to the limits of the device for the best possible experience.
High Quality Preset
The difference between Epic and High settings on Android is very apparent. Draw distances and grass density see significant cuts. Resolution, texture quality, water rendering, and more are seemingly unchanged.
Medium Quality Preset
Alongside the 12% resolution reduction, the Medium quality preset sees a significant decrease in foliage and shadows while the level of detail matches that which is seen in the High quality preset.
Low Quality Preset
Other than the 56% reduction to resolution, the Low quality preset does not see much in terms of quality degradation.
Epic Quality Preset – Resolution
While there are no noticeable quality differences, Fortnite on the Epic quality preset on the Galaxy S9+ runs at a higher resolution than the iPhone X. S9+ being at 1480×720 and iPhone X being at 1461×675. However, this may be due to differences in screen aspect ratio.
Android and iOS vs Switch – Color Range
Compared to Android and iOS, Switch Portable has a less vibrant color range with a noticeable decrease in saturation range.
Android and iOS vs Switch – Models
Unlike Android and iOS, the Switch features the higher quality models which are seen on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game.
Android and iOS vs Switch – Foliage
Another advantage the Switch has over Android and iOS is its foliage. For example, grass is animated, features specular highlights, and has a higher draw distance.
iOS vs Android – Draw Distance
Occasionally, iOS will see increased detail on items drawn in the distance due to its slightly more powerful GPU.
Android Frame Rate
Unlike many other games on Android, Fortnite handles Frame Rate well by (for the most part) sticking to the 33ms frame time on a 60Hz display.
Switch Frame Rate
Switch handles Frame Rate even better than Android, consistent frame times make for a smooth experience. While there are occasional frame pacing issues, it is by far the smoothest Fortnite Mobile experience.
Personally, I say choose the Mobile Platform which you prefer outside of Fortnite as all have their advantages and disadvantages. Prefer the look and feel of an iPhone? Play on iOS. Prefer the freedom of an Android? Play on Android. Prefer the game selection on Switch? Play on Switch. There is no superior platform, choose what makes you the happiest, for me that would be the Android.
Digital Foundry’s preferred Fortnite Mobile experience is on the Nintendo Switch. The loss in resolution and draw distance is made up for with the controls of the Switch in their opinion. Quality of life features on Android and iOS such as Auto-Fire are appreciated, but nothing beats physical controls, says Digital Foundry. Be sure to watch the full video below for comparison footage: