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 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 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 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 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.
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.