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Top 5 complaints from Fortnite console players

Fortnite console players aren’t happy with the current state of the game. Find out why.

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Fortnite console players aren’t happy with the current state of the game. Find out why.

Fortnite Chapter 2 was an upgrade in almost every area. The game feels fresh and new again, and players are falling back in love with the Fortnite grind.

Unfortunately, it’s not all positive. Console players have some serious concerns about Fortnite, especially from a competitive perspective.

Here are five of the biggest issues with the current state of competitive Fortnite on console.

Shadows

Shadows have always been an issue for competitive Fortnite, but are even worse with Fortnite Chapter 2. Epic improved the overall graphics of the map, but that included more shadows and less visibility.

As of now, there is no option to turn off shadows on console. Opponents are completely invisible if they’re hiding under a structure or shooting from a window – especially during the night.

These problems were made exponentially worse with the Fortnitemares update. It’s nearly impossible to see through the fog, giving PC players even more of an advantage over their console counterparts.

Traps

Traps have also been an issue on console for a long time. Placing a trap is slow and inconsistent. Mashing the “trap” button just doesn’t work, no matter what your bind is.

At this point, it isn’t worth dropping someone into your box unless you place a trap beforehand. You’ll likely die if you try it.

This problem likely stems from the bind itself. The only bind is “place trap/interact,” which means it inherently takes longer to place while using a controller.

FPS Drops

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FPS drops are a relatively recent issue for Fortnite console players, but it’s a big one. The FPS drops during gunfights, early in the game, and completely randomly.

FPS drops were a problem for everyone when Chapter 2 first released, but appear to be a console-specific one now. On top of that, console players can’t reach the default FPS that PC players have.

Lower FPS is part of the PC/console trade-off, but it’s a particularly stark contrast in Fortnite right now.

Carrying players

Carrying players is bound to Y or Triangle on controller and there’s nothing we can do about it – at least right now. Epic has allowed us to rework our keybinds, so a lot of players have this button bound to something other than switching to their pickaxes.

Epic will likely change this with a future update, but a lot of controller players are finding it hard to build or edit with a downed player in front of them at the moment.

Forced cross-platform

All of these problems wouldn’t be such a big deal if we weren’t forced to play with PC players. Shadows, FPS drops, traps, and carrying keybinds would still be bugged, but at least they’d be evenly bugged.

Right now, though, we have to play with PC players due to the skill-based matchmaking system.

PC players already have an inherent advantage in almost every category. A PC player with 3,000 wins can do significantly more than a console player with the same stats. The skill gap is higher on PC, meaning players with the same stats are usually better if they’re on a mouse and keyboard.

Are you a console player having issues with Fortnite? Let us know about them in the comments.

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Opinion: Ninja Battles is what we thought professional Fortnite would be

Ninja Battles has shown us that there’s a massive opportunity in invitational Fortnite tournaments.

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When competitive Fortnite was first announced, fans imagined Team Liquid going up against TSM and FaZe. Tfue and Cloakzy were battling Chap and 72hrs for the win. TSM boasted Myth, Daequan, and Hamlinz – three of the best players in the world at the time.

Those were the old days of competitive Fortnite, and they are way behind us. There’s been a massive changing of the guard, partially due to the open qualifiers for major tournaments.

These qualifiers were fantastic for unknown Fortnite players who have since grown their brand. Would people like UnknownxArmy or even Bugha have been invited to the World Cup if it was an invitational? We’re not sure.

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From a viewership perspective, however, it can be difficult to keep track of the constant turnover in the competitive scene. The leaderboard might be filled with names you’ve never heard of in any given tournament. It’s a double-edged sword that leaves some longtime Fortnite viewers behind.

Now, we have Ninja Battles: an invitation-only tournament that also features some of the biggest names in the competitive scene. Sure, there were a few content creators thrown into the mix, but winning the tournament was no small feat. Many of the household names in competitive Fortnite took part in the event, and the prize pool was a large one for an online tournament.

Ninja Battles Week 1 was an unquestioned success. The best news coming out of the event is that we have five more weeks of competition. After one week, it’s already shown us the version of competitive Fortnite we expected to see, all along.

Of course, there was some controversy during the tournament. ZaxRow has been banned after his cuss-filled post-game interview, and Clix issued an apology after leaving early. On top of that, the lack of Arena Mode caused each game to end in a heal-off.

These pros have seen the error of their ways, however, and Ninja Battles will take place in Arena Mode going forward. Ninja stated that the tournament gave him “old competitive Fornite” vibes, and he was dead-on. This was what many of us wanted competitive Fortnite to be.

The participants, largely, loved their experience as well. Nearly every competitor praised the tournament on Twitter. There were no complaints, no in-game controversies, no accusations of teaming – nothing that’s been plaguing the mainstream competitive scene for over a year.

We have several more weeks of Ninja Battles to look forward to, but hopefully, it doesn’t end there. Ninja Battles has shown us that invitational tournaments might be the best format for Fortnite – at least from a viewership perspective.

The FNCS and all other Fortnite tournaments will have their place, but the true ceiling of competitive success may lie in private, invitational tournaments.

Let’s hope that organizers, teams, and companies take note of this success and support this version of the competitive scene going forward. If we get more of what we had last night, then competitive Fortnite has some massive potential.

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Clix apologizes for leaving Ninja Battles for a Fortnite Cash Cup

Clix apologizes for choosing the Fortnite Cash Cup over the in-progress Ninja Battles tournament.

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Ninja Battles showed us that invitational Fortnite tournaments might be more entertaining to watch than those with open qualifiers. It also proved that they can be just as toxic.

The professional Fortnite community is notoriously young, with the densest number of competitors in their teens. After Ninja Battles Week 1, we saw two high-profile pros issue apologies for their actions during the tournament.

The first to apologize was ZexRow, who has since been banned from future events due to his cuss-filled rant on Ninja’s stream. You can read more about that situation in our full article here.

Clix followed with an apology of his own. Was it for calling Ninja – the tournament organizer who put up his own money to host an event – “literally f**king dogs**t”? Not exactly.

Clix issued an apology for leaving the event early and leaving his teammates, BrookeAB and Furious, high and dry. He stated that he talked to the duo before the tournament and warned them that he’d be leaving. In his apology, Clix admitted that he “could’ve handled things better.”

Clix, whose team finished in 17th place, left before his final match to play the Duo Cash Cup with FaZe Sway. The pro made it seem like a no-brainer as to why he was leaving.

Clix released this apology a few hours after the event concluded, but it remains to be seen if he’ll receive an invite in the future. BrookeAB was the one who was invited from the squad, so Ninja could very well tell her not to invite him again.

There’s a lot of drama in the competitive Fortnite scene, even in a wholesome event like Ninja Battles. One thing’s for sure: this was one of the most entertaining Fortnite tournaments in recent memory.

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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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