Epic Games’ battle royale blockbuster Fortnite will be available at launch for PlayStation 5 (PS5), depending on your territory.
With the next generation of gaming consoles almost upon us, Epic Games has finally confirmed when the PlayStation 5 version of its battle royale game Fortnite will be available. It will be a launch title for the system, so the date could differ depending on your territory.
The PlayStation 5 launches on November 12 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. So in those areas, that’s when Fortnite will be available on PS5. For the rest of the world, you can look forward to the PS5 and Fortnite on November 19.
Fortnite will arrive on PS5 with improved visuals and performance, including 4K resolution at a smooth 60 frames per second. For comparison, this is the same as the Xbox Series X (and better than the Xbox Series S, which runs at 1080p).
PlayStation 5 owners can expect the same improved visuals as well, including a dynamic and interactive world. Grass and trees will respond to explosions, smoke and liquid effects will look “cooler” and there will be all-new Storm and cloud effects. Presumably, as Epic spends more time with the new hardware, we can expect some of the destructible elements to look better as well.
It’s not just visuals and performance either. Fortnite will also make use of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback, making it “feel like you’re holding the Suppressed SMG or Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle.” With the hardware of the PS5 and Xbox Series X so similar, the PlayStation 5’s immersive controller could prove to be a big difference this generation. In addition to general vibration, the controller’s haptic feedback for ranged weapons has also been integrated.
Fortnite will also support PS5 Activities, a feature that lets you jump directly into certain aspects of a game. In Fortnite’s case, you’ll be able to go straight into the Battle Royale Lobby with either Solo, Duos, or Squads selected. And, of course, you can expect faster load times and 60 FPS support in split-screen on the PlayStation 5.