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New Fortnite discovery shows potential advantage for controller players

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We’ve talked about the raging debate between mice and controllers in Fortnite before, but conversations often devolve into shouting matches. Hard evidence and video documentation serve as better methods for parsing this issue.

An unfortunately high number of Fortnite players have taken “sides” in this controller vs. mouse debate. It’s not about sides, but rather about achieving a better understanding of gameplay skill.

Recently, FortniteCompetitive members decided to conduct an experiment on controllers and the results are interesting, but not definitive. Let’s discuss what was found in these tests.

Controllers may have less Fortnite recoil than mice

New information has surfaced about possible controller advantages

Ok, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Controllers do have aim assist which helps them stay on target. The purpose of this is to close the gap between a mouse’s accuracy and the thumbstick’s inaccurate nature. Most professionals choose to play with a mouse due to greater potential for precision.

Now, onto the latest in this drama. Aim assist has had problems in the past which have been mostly addressed. Some ‘L2 Spam’ can still occur, but the benefits have been minimized. Recent Reddit research has uncovered another possible advantage for controllers.

u/Elijahyeur posted a lengthy showcase of controllers receiving less recoil as opposed to controllers.

Controller has less recoil than a Mouse, even without aim assist from r/FortniteCompetitive

We cannot stress enough how important it is to be skeptical when reviewing such content. The poster could have easily faked the video by controlling for recoil with a controller and not doing so with a mouse. We couldn’t be sure of the validity of the video without preforming our own tests.

The above video does show sizable differences in recoil patterns. The mouse has about 40% more recoil over its controller counterpart. All tests were preformed using the Grey Assault Rifle and no other weapon. Without testing each weapon (or at least a large subset), these tests are not conclusive.

FortniteINTEL Controller vs. Mouse Recoil Test

So, to validate the experiment, we hopped into PC Fortnite ourselves and plugged in a Xbox One Elite Controller.

In order to truly confirm these suspicions, we set up the same experiment as in the Reddit video. You can test this yourself by heading into Creative mode, lining up about 8-10 windowed walls, spawning a Grey AR, and getting to work.

We’ll admit that we honestly thought the video had a good chance of being faked in order to cause more tensions between communities. Our experiment thankfully shutdown those assumptions about the FortniteCompetitive post. You can see our test in the video below.

The results from our tests are nearly identical with the controller giving us less recoil. But, we’re not convinced of a widespread issue. So, what does this mean in the bigger picture?

More Fortnite tests needed for definitive proof

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In the end, it’s probably just a glitch – Via Epic Games

It would be so easy to write this one off as complete, done, and dusted. The videos above do prove something is going on with recoil on mouse or controller. However, saying that controllers have less recoil universally is still a bit of stretch.

The most likely answer to this conundrum is that the whole thing is just another bug. Perhaps controllers get less recoil when shooting near builds or perhaps mice get more recoil during specific situations? There’s also a possibility that this glitch was only recently introduced meaning the effect would have minimal or nonexistent for the World Cup qualifiers.

Furthermore, if Epic has actually put in less recoil for controllers, the true gameplay effect would also be minimal. The tests were preformed while applying no recoil control with the thumbstick or mouse, but as any PC/Console hybrid player knows, mice allow for significantly easier real-time recoil dampening.

Unfortunately, this has fueled some ridiculous speculation and comments from competitive Reddit users calling for the banning of controller players and the like. A single video or experiment proves very little and until Epic Games can speak on the issue, we’ll wait on passing judgement. In any case, it’s not the controller players’ fault.

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.

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Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.

UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.

Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.

While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.

Fortnite Mode Select Screen

However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.

Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.

Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.

The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.

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