Epic completely overhauled Fortnite aim assist for controller players during Season 10. The new system provides more options, but is it better than Legacy settings?

Aim assist in Fortnite has been a hot topic for years, with PC players complaining about L2 spam and controller players claiming that they need to even the playing field, somehow.

Epic made some massive changes to the controller settings in Fortnite during Season 10, which opened the door to higher building and editing sensitivities. This new system also changed aim assist, which seemed like a buff to a lot of players.

The new aim assist settings provide better tracking than the old settings did. In other words, your crosshairs now have more pull while you’re aiming down sights (ADS) at a moving opponent. It doesn’t, however, reconnect to a target when you tap ADS – or L2 spam.

The above clip and others like it made the rounds on Twitter and Reddit. Keyboard players waved their fists at the sky, shouting that aim assist is now more overpowered than ever.

This is FaZe Sway, though, who might be the best Fortnite controller player in the world. Not many people will be able to track as he can. On top of that, the player on the glider is moving in a straight line. No competitive player will do that in a real match.

There has been some debate as to whether or not ‘L2 spam’ is still in the game, as evidenced by the clip of Ninja and NickMercs arguing. It is still in the game.

You can scroll to the bottom of your Advanced settings to enable Legacy settings. This will revert all of your sensitivities back to the old system; and yes, it will bring back the L2 spam.

A lot of the top controller players use the Advanced settings, while people like Innocents and NickMercs are sticking with Legacy. So, which one is better?

Advanced settings pros and cons

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The biggest benefit of the new controller settings is that they allow for more precise customization. You can lower your overall sensitivity while keeping your building and editing sensitivities high by using the additional sensitivity multiplier.

Mid-range fights and tracking are better on advanced controls – at least for players with consistent aim. The problem is, most players don’t get a ton of mid-range opportunities in Fortnite anymore. Opponents build as soon as you shoot them, meaning a close-range engagement is much more common.

The advanced settings really fail in the close-range fight department. Most controller players immediately noticed a dip in their shotgun accuracy with the new settings. The ‘snap’ when you ADS is gone, meaning you have to be much more precise with your close-range shotgun shots. SMG spray isn’t as affected by the new settings, but still, got a bit of a nerf.

Legacy pros and cons

Legacy aim assist is more powerful than Advanced aim assist in most cases. There’s no debate when it comes to close-range fights and mid-range fights could be considered a wash. It isn’t as good at tracking players, but the ADS spam removes the need for precise tracking.

Building will probably be slower on the Legacy settings – depending on your multiplier. Switching back might feel a bit clunky at first if you got used to the new settings, but it isn’t anything major when you consider the trade-off in the aim department.

Verdict: Which is better?

In my opinion, and in the opinion of several other Fortnite controller players, the Legacy settings are the way to go. The enhanced customization options aren’t enough to sacrifice your close-range accuracy.

Fortnite has become a game about close-range fights. Hardly anyone sits out in the open anymore, and L2 spam reduces the need to accurately track opponents in the air – as hard as that may be to hear.

Sure, some of the best controller players in Fortnite are using the new settings, but that doesn’t mean they’re best for you. I believe that average to above-average players will benefit more from the Legacy aim assist settings than they will from the enhanced customization of the new system.

That’s just one L2-spamming, controller player’s opinion, after all. Let us know what you think is best in the comments.

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