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New Nvidia GPU Drivers (390.25) – Fortnite optimizations included

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Nvidia has released a new GPU driver today, version number 390.25 – including optimizations for Fortnite on PC.

Here’s the official driver update notes from Nvidia:

  • Game Ready
    Provides the optimal gaming experience for Fortnite, including support for ShadowPlay Highlights in Battle Royale mode
  • Gaming Technology
    Adds support for NVIDIA Freestyle which lets you apply post-processing filters to your games while you play.

Based on the notes, this is the first “Game Ready” driver for Fortnite. including support for ShadowPlay Highlights in Battle Royale Mode – more information here. Alongside that, this update also¬†adds support for Freestyle, which lets you apply post-processing filters to your games while you play. Completely lost? Here’s what it all means from their website:

NVIDIA Freestyle game filter is the newest GeForce Experience beta feature which allows you to apply post-processing filters on your games while you play. Right from the in-game overlay, you can change the look and mood of your game with tweaks to color or saturation, or apply dramatic post-process filters like HDR. Freestyle is integrated at the driver level for seamless compatibility with games. To see a full list of games whitelisted for Freestyle, click here.

So that’s everything Fortnite related. You can read up more about how this update also patches 1 of the 3 recently exposed security issues in modern CPU’s online.

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Epic nerf Fortnite aim assist on PC yet again

Epic Games have released another Fortnite aim assist nerf for PC players.

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Here we go again – another reported nerf to controller aim assist on PC in Fortnite. Will this one be enough to satisfy the keyboard and mouse (KBM) community? Will it be the final iteration of aim assist? Probably not, but let’s get into it.

This update flew under the radar for most players, as Epic didn’t officially announce this change to the public. Data miners reported on the change with the updated files, and pros began to test it out.

According to Hypex, the new values are as follows:

  • PullInnerStrengthHip -> from 0.6 to 0.45
  • PullOuterStrengthHip -> from 0.5 to 0.38
  • PullInnerStrengthAds -> from 0.7 to 0.52
  • PullOuterStrengthAds -> from 0.4 to 0.3

This seems to be a relatively substantial nerf, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens when controller players get their hands on the updated values. According to early reports, console players should be unaffected.

At some point, it seems like Epic are going to nerf aim assist on PC to the point where it will be more beneficial to use a console. This is a bit hyperbolic but could be a legitimate outcome.

We’ll keep you posted if and when professional controller players speak out on the aim assist topic. For now, not much has happened on that front – suggesting that little has changed.

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Fortnite Aim Assist is vastly different on PC and console

According to community reporting, arguments that aim assist is both overpowered and underpowered are both correct. Let’s explore.

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According to community reporting, arguments that aim assist is both overpowered and underpowered are both correct. Let’s explore.

We’ve all seen it: PC Fortnite pros complaining about getting lasered by controller players. They hate competing against controller players in tournaments and feel as though the latter group gets free aim while keyboard and mouse (KBM) players have to practice to compete.

After that, the argument goes back and forth. The controller players say that KBM has every advantage in the book and that aim assist isn’t that strong. In truth, a lot of the console players don’t want to compete with PC players, either.

I always wondered why PC players complained so much about aim assist. I play on Xbox One with Legacy settings and my L2 spam is nothing like it used to be. I see some controller pros like UnknownxArmy1x destroying kids with L2 and wonder why the same thing doesn’t happen to me.

In the past, I always chalked this up to poor aim. It feels like I’m aiming and tracking well, but I’m far from the level of some of the greats. Clips like this one have never happened to me.

According to community reporting on the r/FortniteBR subreddit, I’m not alone. Apparently, aim assist is far stronger on PC than it is on console.

I don’t have the stats to back this up, but it makes a lot of sense. I see controller players on PC destroying opponents. Meanwhile, my L2 doesn’t stick to players as it did before the settings update a while back.

This is a long post, but the summary is that aim assist on PC is leagues above aim assist on console. That’s why the community is so split when people like Bizzle complain.

The console players don’t understand the problem and feel like L2 is far weaker than it once was. Meanwhile, our PC friends are getting destroyed in tournaments by controller players who have better bloom and a lock-on aimbot.

The solution to this issue would be to slightly buff aim assist on console and/or slightly nerf aim assist on PC. This would make all of us happy and keep us on the same page.

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Next Fortnite update will enhance GPU support

The new Fortnite update, set to release this week, will add GPU support for PC players to improve performance.

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The new Fortnite update, set to release this week, will add GPU support for PC players to improve performance.

The next Fortnite update, v11.20, is assumed to be coming out this week. We could see the update as soon as tomorrow. As is the case with all Fortnite Chapter 2 updates, there likely won’t be any patch notes attached.

We don’t know about any new items or weapons coming to the game, nor do we know if Epic will tweak the current Fortnite loot pool. We’re still waiting on the Bandage Bazooka to return, which doesn’t seem likely this week.

One thing we do know about v11.20, though, is that Epic will be adding support for PC players using the Microsoft DirectX 12. All previous updates forced players to run Microsoft DirectX 11, instead.

Epic posted a blog covering the topic on November 18, stating that “PC players with high-end GPUs may experience a higher and steadier frame rate. This is because DX12 delivers better CPU performance and allows for the distribution of rendering jobs across multiple cores.”

The team also plans to expand Fortnite’s capabilities in the graphics department to fully utilize the DX12. You will have to opt into these features to use them in-game.

What does this mean for the Fortnite experience? The most obvious improvement comes in competitive late-game situations. Players regularly experience frame drops when there are dozens of players alive in a final circle.

The new GPU support should help improve these instances, although nothing will help the server lag that all of the building causes. Are you excited for the new GPU update to Fortnite? Let us know in the comments.

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