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Epic Games disables Fortnite Voice Chat for iOS & Android devices

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Following reports of problems with stability and performance, Epic Games closed down voice chat features for Fortnite’s mobile versions.

After patch v8.10’s release, players started to report issues with the game’s performance on mobile iOS and Android devices. Drops in framerate, stuttering, and hitches were reported after the release.

Epic Games began to investigate the issue and concluded that the source of the problem was the voice system present in-game.

As a response, Epic Games closed down voice chat for iOS mobile platforms until a fix for the problem could be issued.

The following day on Thursday, March 14th, Epic Games reactivated the iOS voice features, but the issues have now returned. Players are reporting the same problems still exist and Epic Games had once again responded accordingly.

The voice chat feature was not only causing problems for players using the voice chat, but also to other players in their games. This is why Epic Games might have felt it necessary to take the whole system down for a bit.

The player reports of the issue are widespread. Some have said the latest patch has caused framerate issues and stutters. Others point to reduced quality of menu navigation with hitching in between button prompts and screens.

Epic Games has not provided details as to the symptoms they are specifically researched at the moment.

No timeline has been given as to when players can expect to see the feature return to mobile devices. We will continue to update this story as more news comes in on the state of the mobile Fortnite voice chat.

Have you been affected by this voice chat performance bug while playing on mobile devices? If so, be sure to contact Epic Games to give feedback on the issue and help speed along the process of fixing the issue.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy Scout skin coming to Fortnite

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Leaks on the Samsung Health App have revealed a brand new Galaxy skin coming to Fortnite Season 3, as part of an upcoming tournament. Unfortunately, it’ll be as tough to get hold of as the original Galaxy skin. 

Fortnite has become well known in the gaming world for its lucrative crossovers with a host of the world’s biggest companies and brands. Among Star Wars and Marvel, Chapter One brought the stratospheric Galaxy skin into Fortnite.

Despite its awesome aesthetics and positive feedback, the skin was pretty rare in Fortnite. Players who wanted it had to have purchased a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, hence its scarcity in the game. Unfortunately, this new skin will be equally tough to get hold of.

Samsung Galaxy Scout Skin leaked

On July 17, reputable leaker iFireMonkey appeared to verify an emergent leak, which stated that another Samsung Galaxy skin would be on its way to Fortnite. 

“Due to a mishap on the Samsung Health application,” they said, “twitter use @fu noticed that the Fortnite Galaxy Scout promotion was already on the app earlier than expected. Due to this, we now have a nice image that shows us what this skin will look like”.

Despite its official name as ‘Galaxy Scout’, it has already been nicknamed the ‘Galaxy Girl’; a female twist on the original Samsung Skin added back in 2018.

How to get Samsung Galaxy Scout Skin in Fortnite

While the first Galaxy skin was only unlockable through the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy mobile, players can get their hands on this one by participating in the Fortnite Galaxy Cup. This in-game tournament will take place from July 25-26, with registration opening on July 20. 

The event is anticipated to be mobile-only, and registration is only open to players who already own the original Galaxy skin. Hence, this new skin is expected to only be available to players who have already bought a Samsung Galaxy. 

However, the Galaxy tournament requirements are not yet finalized by Epic, so some players may receive surprise invitations. Until then, it looks like only Samsung owners will be able to get their hands on this skin. 

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There are still massive problems with console Fortnite

Epic is making adjustments to Fortnite through their unannounced and unexplained patches. One thing persists, however: the fact that Fortnite on console is a mess.

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Epic is making adjustments to Fortnite through their unannounced and unexplained patches. One thing persists, however: the fact that Fortnite on console is a mess.

Late in Season 10, Epic opened the door to forced cross-platform. Now, all players on all platforms will be in the same lobby. PC players, console players, and mobile players are all duking it out together.

Mobile players really got the short end of the stick, here. They can’t do nearly as much as their console and PC counterparts, but that’s not the only performance gap that remains an issue.

Console performance in Fortnite Chapter 2 is at an all-time low. On any given day you’re bound to find a post or two about it if you visit the r/FortniteBR subreddit.

There is a long list of issues with Fortnite on Xbox and Playstation. Buildings don’t load, guns don’t load, you can’t see what’s in your inventory, your game freezes, players disappear; the list goes on and on.

Playing Arena on console is a crapshoot. You better hope you’re not contested when you land, or you’re going to get killed while you’re waiting for buildings to load in.

I play on Xbox One, so I experience these issues every day. Most of them would be manageable if it weren’t for the rendering. Buildings just don’t render when you first drop from the Battle Bus.

You’re dead almost every time if you don’t stumble upon some invisible floor loot.

The worst part is that there seems to be no mention of these problems on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello board. This isn’t the first time that console players have had rendering trouble, but Epic is seemingly lost on how to fix it.

It would all be a moot point if this was an even playing field. We wouldn’t have too much of a reason to complain if Playstation and Xbox players were still in isolated lobbies. We’d all be in the same boat.

The problem is that PC players never have this issue. They can kill us before we’re even able to break through a ceiling with our pickaxe. Are you struggling with these problems on console? Vent about it in the comments.

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How to win a Special Edition Fortnite Xbox Controller

Find out how to win a brand-new Special Edition Fortnite Xbox Controller through your skill in the Fortnite Combine.

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Find out how to win a brand-new Special Edition Fortnite Xbox Controller through your skill in the Fortnite Combine.

It seems like the initial intention of Epic’s addition of the ‘Combine’ game mode was to help fine-tune the new sensitivity settings for console players. Since then, it has taken on a life of its own with the help of the speed-running community.

Part of the reason Fortnite is so great is the number of things you can do in the game. You can play a base Fotnite match or an unlimited number of game modes in a Creative lobby.

The Combine was just the next iteration of this, and players have already started to complete the mode in under a minute.

If you’re someone who have been spending hours practicing the Combine, your skills have not gone to waste. Epic has announced a Combine giveaway with a chance to win one in ten Special Edition Fortnite Xbox One Controllers.

The giveaway is set to run now through October 11, so get in there and start practicing.

The rules for the competition are simple. All you have to do is submit a photo or video of your best time to Twitter with #FortniteCombine in the title. 

You must be at least 16 years old to win this prize, and follow the best practices of submissions – found here.

According to the rules, it appears as though Epic is going to pick random players to win the controllers. This is good news and bad news since you don’t have to be one of the fastest times to win a controller.

Special Edition Fortnite Xbox Controller

In all likelihood, though, Epic will be choosing the fastest recorded time as one of the ten winners – so it won’t hurt to try your best. 

Speedrunning entered the Fortnite world in a big way through the Cizzorz Death Runs. Players would compete for the best time to gain money and bragging rights, which eventually culminated in the Fortnite World Cup Creative finals in New York – where Cizzorz’s speedrunning team took home the trophy.

Now, some of these speedrunners who made a name for themselves have hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube – all from speedrunning a Creative Mode map.

Best of luck with your Combine times!

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