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Patch Notes for v3.0.0 – Season 3 Battle Pass, Building Improvements and more

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Another week, another patch! Epic Games have released the Patch Notes for version 3.0.0 which includes the start of Season 3, huge changes to building and more. Here they are:

Season 3 Battle Pass

The Season 3 Battle Pass is now available in-game, featuring new Outfits, Back Bling, Skydiving FX and more! More Tiers. More Loot. More Info.

60 FPS on Console

Experience Fortnite like never before. PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One and Xbox One X now support 60 FPS mode, hand-tuned for each console to provide an extra-smooth gaming experience while maintaining visual fidelity.

  • Battle Royale now defaults to 60 FPS, but you can switch back to 30 FPS in Settings if you prefer higher quality visuals.
  • This replaces the Uncapped mode.

Build Mode Improvements

We’ve hammered down some upgrades… turbo building, automatic material change and more!

Turbo Building
“Turbo Building” allows you to hold down primary fire and continuously place the selected building piece (Toggled in the Game options). Now you can “paint” building pieces into the world quickly. This will be very useful for defensively building walls around you and sprinting up ramps while building them simultaneously.

Automatic Material Swapping
“Auto Change Materials” will switch to another material when your current supply runs dry (this can be toggled in the Game options). In addition to “Turbo Building” this makes the building process fast and simple. It also allows for quick defensive structures from flanking with less input and worry about running out of a particular material.

Build Through Stuff
Sometimes it’s frustrating when your placement is blocked unexpectedly and you aren’t sure why.   Currently, smaller objects like furniture and shrubs are destroyed when you build over them, but trees, rocks and vehicles can still get in the way.  We’ve changed the building system to allow you to place structures right through large objects, meaning you can now build pretty much anywhere at anytime!

NOTE: Player structures must still be supported by the terrain and other buildings. For example: A sky ramp that passes through a tree will still fall if the connection to the terrain or floor is destroyed.

Switching Building Pieces
Switching between building pieces can sometimes feel laggy or unpredictable, especially on controllers.  To improve this, we’ve changed the network code so cycling through building pieces no longer requires  a round trip to Epic’s servers.

Hand Cannon

  • Fires Heavy ammo.
  • Epic and Legendary rarity.
  • Found in Floor Loot, Treasure Chests and Supply Drops.

Colour Blind Options

  • This can be found in the new “Accessibility” tab in the game’s options.
  • There’s a strength indicator so that you can find a level that works best for you.
  • This feature is still in development. We’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you’re unable to find a level that makes the colors better for you.

 

General

  • Holding down the “Interact/Use” button when approaching a chest or downed ally will now automatically perform the action once in range.
    • This also works when reviving teammates.
  • Messaging now displays when party functionality has degraded due to server issues.
    • This includes being able to join parties and send invitations.
  • Easy Anti-Cheat protection added to Mac.
  • Improved the look & feel of the game window title bar, buttons and borders on Windows.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Auto-Run being cancelled when opening the map or inventory screens.
  • Inventory icons should no longer get stuck in a selected state after being dragged out of the inventory.
  • Improved CPU performance when activating overlaps, such as traps or triggers.
  • Optimized grass rendering to improve overall frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue where incorrect numbers could be shown if you enabled the “Show Net Stats” HUD option.

Weapons + Items

 

  • Pump Shotgun behavior has been addressed. Firing the Pump Shotgun and quickly switching weapons will now require you to pump the Shotgun before the next shot.
    • We will be monitoring any fallout from this and continuing to iterate on how this works throughout the next patches.
  • Grenades no longer have the ability to Crit.
  • Removed the Valentine’s Day skin from the Crossbow.
  • Adjusted Pistol drop chances in floor loot:
    • Increased Uncommon Pistol by 25%.
    • Increased Rare Pistol by 100%.
    • Decreased Epic Suppressed Pistol by 33%.
    • Decreased Legendary Suppressed Pistol by 20%.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the colorful outlines around weapon pickups not showing up.
  • Fixed the Crossbow not reloading if the fire button is pressed with an empty ammo clip.
  • Fixed the Impulse Grenade sometimes not sticking to the environment.
  • Fixed a recoil recovery issue that caused the reticle to be in a lower position than expected after switching weapons.

Performance

  • Optimized weapon and building selection to be much more responsive under non-ideal network conditions.
  • Several HUD elements have been optimized to improve performance.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed hitching that occurred when jumping out of the Battle Bus.
  • Fixed hitching that occurred when encountering certain skins for the first time in a match.

Gameplay

  • Players now remain in control of their character for 10 seconds after earning Victory Royale!
  • Players who do not have an Outfit equipped will now have the same Outfit both in-game and the lobby.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where sometimes no weapon would be equipped on first weapon pickup.
  • Fixed the crosshair reticle disappearing in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong item was dropped after switching inventory slots immediately after picking-up a new item.
  • Fixed an issue where Supply Drops were unable to be viewed from long distances.
  • Fixed issue where other player models could appear giant in certain network conditions.
  • Fixed wall traps not triggering if placed behind certain stair configurations that didn’t visually block the trap.
  • Fixed the wrong item stack sometimes being consumed when multiple instances of a stacking item are in the quickbar.
  • Fixed a rare server crash when a player would join a match.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause visual delays when acquiring pickups or opening chests.

UI

  • The fullscreen map can now be opened while spectating.
  • The fullscreen map now displays information about what the buttons do in the top right.
  • The path of the Battle Bus is now visible on the map prior to launch.
  • When picking up items, we once again display the names and quantities on the HUD, with an improved appearance.
  • Ammo count is now shown in the tooltip for weapons on the ground.
  • Added new “Streamer Mode” setting to the Game Options menu, which anonymizes all names that aren’t squad members.
  • When spectating players, the number of players they’ve eliminated now appears under their name.
  • Text notifications no longer appear when a spectator leaves.
  • The “You placed X” message now appears for only 10 seconds instead of 20 while spectating.
  • Added a Help button to the Battle Pass tab with a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where, after being eliminated, the banner rank of the opponent wouldn’t match their rank but would instead match your own.
  • Fixed unclear description of the Emote key binding in the Input Settings menu.
  • Fixed an issue where messages and popups were affected by the HUD Scale option.
  • Fixed an issue with escape behavior where it was cancelling game actions rather than bringing up the menu.
    • Downed players that were still in build mode could not open the menu.
  • Fixed an issue where spectators would see the character model obstructing their view, if the spectated player was scoping a Sniper with their back to a wall.
  • Fixed an issue where text notifications would show for spectators joining despite “Show Spectator Count” being disabled.
  • Fixed not having enough visual padding between the current ammo in the magazine, and the amount left in reserve.

Social

  • Emoting is now available in the pre-game lobby.
    • You can do this by clicking on your avatar > “Emote”.
  • Banner, Boost Level, and Battle Pass Tier of party members are now shown in the lobby.
  • The top menu in the lobby now shows expanded information on party members (similar to the in-match menu).
  • Party Finder has been restyled with streamlined invite/join visuals.
    • The actions you can take for each friend or invite request are now shown in-line.
  • Ray no longer enthusiastically announces all friend invites.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed several cases of players failing to receive Party Invite notifications.

Art/Animation

  • Removed Depth of Field blur to greatly increase image sharpness for all players.

Bug Fixes

  • Lighting during all times of day/night now match the brightness across all Quality options.
  • Lighting contrast + intensity have been adjusted to improve contrast in certain times of day that were flat and to reduce shadows in times of day that were too dark.
  • Fixed an issue which caused downed players to become invisible if revived underwater.

Audio

  • Unique Audio coming to several Pickaxes + Gliders within the Battle Pass in V.3.1.0.
  • Created new Semi-Auto Sniper world impact sounds, so it doesn’t sound as overwhelming when shot at.

Bug Fixes

  • Implemented a fix that should resolve the stuttering and lagged audio issues that were introduced in the last update.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the pickaxe equip sound to play when other players jumped from the bus.

Known Issues

  • In rare cases, the game may crash in the frontend menus when ShadowPlay Highlights is enabled. To prevent this, please update to the latest version of GeForce Experience.
  • After opening a Supply Drop that has been shot down, the loot will sometimes spawn in the sky and slowly fall to the ground.
  • In rare cases, players may be unable to edit a player built structure.
    • The current workaround is to press the edit button on an adjacent structure.

 

 

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Best Controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1

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If you’re looking to take your game to the next level, then you need to make sure you have the best controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1.

To be on top of your game, you need the best Fortnite settings. The default settings Fortnite starts players with won’t cut it. In order to maximize performance, you need to optimize every setting.

Approaching Fortnite’s settings menu alone can be daunting. There’s plenty of options to choose from which can get confusing. But we are here to show you the best Controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3.

Best Fortnite Controller Settings

Fortnite game settings tab

Fortnite Game Settings Tab

The “Game” Settings tab is the second tab in the settings menu. It is indicated by a cogwheel.

Movement

  • Toggle Sprint – Off
  • Sprint By Default – On
  • Sprint Cancels Reloading – Off
  • Auto Open Doors – Off

Combat

  • Hold to Swap Pickup – Off
  • Toggle Targeting – Off
  • Mark Dnager when Targeting – On
  • Auto Pick Up Weapons – Off
  • Preffered Item Slots – Personal Preference
  • Auto Sort Consumables to RIght – Off

Building

  • Reset Building Choice – Off
  • Disable Pre-Edit Option – Off
  • Turbo Buidling – On
  • Confirm Edit on Release – On

Tutorial

  • Contectual Tips – On

Extra Game Options

Tap to Search/Interact – On

Fortnite Controller Options Tab

fortnite controller options settings tab

You don’t need to worry about the two tabs in-between “Game” and “Controller Options”. The controller settings are indicated by a controller icon.

Input

  • Controller Auto-Run – On
  • Buil Immediately (Builder Pro) – On
  • Edit Hold Time – 0.100 Sec
  • Vibration – Off

Sensitivity

  • Build Mode Sensitivity Multiplier – 1.6x
  • Edit Mode Sensitivity Multiplier – 1.7x
  • Use Advanced Options – On

Advanced Look Sensitivity

  • Look Horizontal Speed – 50%
  • Look Vertical Speed – 60%
  • Turning Horizontal Boost – 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost – 0%
  • Boost Ramp Time – 0%
  • Instant Boost When Building – On

Advanced ADS Sensitivity

  • ADS Look Horizontal Speed – 17%
  • Look Vertical Speed – 17%
  • ADS Turning Horizontal Boost – 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost – 0%
  • ADS Turning Boost Ramp Time – 0%

Advanced Sensitivity

  • Look Dampening Time – 0.20 Seconds
  • Look Input Curve – Exponential
  • Aim Assist Strength – 100%

Controller Deadzone

  • Left Stick – 6%
  • Right Stick 6%

Adaptive Trigger (PS5 Only)

  • Enable Adaptive Trigger – Off
  • Use Effect For Press – Off

Button Layout Tab

The Button Layout Tab is the last tab you will need to fiddle with, and there isn’t much to it. Set your controller configuration to Builder Pro. You won’t need to change any of the buttons unless you personally prefer otherwise.

Fortnite controller settings tab

And that’s everything you need to change to have the best Fortnite controller settings. They will take some getting used to at first, but the increased sensitivity will definitely improve your reaction time.

For more Fortnite, check out how to use the Visualize Sound Effects setting, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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The 5 most hated skins in Fortnite

The Fortnite community is no fan of these skins.

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Fortnite skins have taken on a life of their own since the game came out. Back in the early days, we couldn’t imagine spending money on a free game. Now, hundreds of dollars later, we’re still padding our lockers as collectors of in-game cosmetics.

Some skins tell a lot about the player wearing them. A Peely? They’re just trying to goof around and have some fun. A Dynamo? Sweat is probably pouring onto their keyboard at all times.

Today, we’re taking a look at the most hated skins in Fortnite – the skins that elicit an immediate reaction from opponents. You better be ready for some backlash if you post a clip while wearing one of these skins.

5. Female Soccer Skins

Female Soccer Skins have been hated ever since they first came out. This might have been the first “sweaty” skin to come to Fortnite, and it remains in the category to this day. However, it’s been made available in the Item Shop quite frequently so everyone from sweats to casuals owns it.

“Soccer skin” means more than just the skin that someone is wearing, at this point. It’s a term that longtime Fortnite players will likely remember for the rest of their gaming careers. However, because of its frequent item shop appearances, it’s last on the list.

fortnite soccer celebration
Via: Epic Games

4. Custom Superhero Skins

These skins have cause quite a stir with players and have disrupted the competitive scene on more than one occasion. The actual name of these skins is Boundless, and they are among the most customizable skins in the game. Many players bought them for their versatility at first, but they were quickly abused by competitive players.

Players could set their skins to have an all-black or all-white color scheme which would make them harder to see. These color combos were banned from the game, but players still found a way to make their skins harder to see. This lead to these sweaty skins being banned outright in all competitive play.

3. Anime Skins

This category of skins is pretty new since “anime” skins were introduced in Chapter 2 Season 5. A bundle of anime skins was also released during Season 6 which contains some of the sweatiest and most hated Fortnite Skins.

Chigusa, Megumi, and Yuki are part of the Cyber Infiltration bundle, and Lexa was given to players who reached a certain level of the Season 5 Battle Pass. For some reason, players hate these cell-shaded skins and would rather face off against Soccer Skins.

2. Surf Witch

When we asked Twitter which skins they hated the most, a large number of responses included Surf Witch. It seems this skin is hated because it’s used by “sweats” and also because of its lackluster design.

Surf Witch’s design isn’t much different from many of the other female skins. In fact, she has a very similar design to Haze, a preexisting skin. Many players think that Surf Witch is a cheap rip off of Haze, and their hate is derived from their similarities.

1. Dynamo

Dynamo is – by far – the most hated skin in Fortnite, at the moment. If you post a clip while wearing the Dynamo skin, you’re guaranteed to see the bulk of your replies consist of something along the lines of, “Dynamo, ew.”

We’re not exactly sure why Dynamo has its status as the most hated skin in Fortnite. Perhaps, it’s because Dynamo a very sweaty skin that isn’t difficult to get. Unlike Crystal and Aura, a lot of players think Dynamo is, simply, a bad skin on top of the fact that it’s incredibly sweaty.

Whatever the reason, wearing a Dynamo skin puts a target on your back. If you hit the island wearing Dynamo, then you better be as good as the skin suggests you are.

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Does this list mean that you shouldn’t be wearing these skins in Fortnite? Absolutely not. In fact, a lot of players like playing the role of an antagonist in all sorts of games. It can be fun. Wear whatever you want – these are just some of the skins that are in the community’s crosshairs at the moment. We’re sure that it will change in the future. Wear what you want and have fun!

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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them

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Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.

If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!

On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.

Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.

How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.

Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.

Quick tips!

Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.

Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.

Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.

Guarantee yourself one of these items at this location, where Rick Sanchez will wait for you.

However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).

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