OnePlus 8 series can now run Fortnite at 90fps, but you may want to avoid it
90fps is available only at low graphics setting
Fortnite is a battle royal game with peculiar obstacles and challenges that increase its difficulty significantly. On top of that, its vivacious visuals can not only stimulate but also overwhelm you if you are new to the game. But unlike other titles ported to mobile, Fortnite’s mobile version is a near-perfect replica of the desktop/console version. While this may be exciting for Fortnite lovers, it makes the game very demanding on the hardware of the smartphone and this is why the gameplay has been capped at 30fps for most devices. For a select few powerful devices including Samsung flagships, OnePlus 7T, Xiaomi’s Mi 9, iPhones among others, Fortnite’s developer Epic Games has allowed up to 60fps frame rate. But for the first time, Epic Games is adding the option of 90fps gameplay and it will be exclusive to the OnePlus 8 (review) and the OnePlus 8 Pro (review).
Epic Games has struck a special partnership with OnePlus to make this possible. Even though this combination of Snapdragon 865 and 90Hz (or higher) refresh rate is not unique to the OnePlus 8 series, the company’s announcement clearly states that these are the only phones which will support Fortnite gameplay at 90fps. The company has cleverly chosen the words, “90FPS for the first time on a phone” because Apple’s iPad Pro can already run Fortnite at 120fps. Later this year when Apple launches the iPhone 12 series with purported 120Hz displays, this statement might not hold good but until then, it does – and it does very well.
Fortnite on #OnePlus8Series: 90 FPS
Yes, you got that right. We’ve partnered with @FortniteGame to make 90 FPS available. A new level of smoothness in mobile gaming, and there’s no other smartphone that does it. Enjoy. #OnePlusBrings90FPS https://t.co/YUT1MSyLos pic.twitter.com/NfizrxYnHz
— OnePlus (@oneplus) May 26, 2020
Gamespot, however, notes a caveat in running the game at 90fps on the OnePlus flagships and that is the limitation in terms of graphics. If you choose 90fps as the frame rate on a OnePlus 8/8 Pro, the display quality will default back to low. So, while this means you have a smoother experience, the details in the game’s landscape will only render as you move closer to them. There’s 100% resolution scaling which means you’ll be seeing ridged lines on while playing Fortnite on that setting.
To be honest, the smoother gameplay – as compared to 60fps – will most likely be pleasing to the eyes but it not be as useful when it comes to improving your skills. With that said, you can definitely try the feature out to see if that works for you.
Epic Games finally conceded and launched Fortnite on the Google Play Store recently after about two years of staying elusive (and exclusive to Epic’s own app). But the partnership with OnePlus means users with either of the two flagships will have one less step to download the game. You will get a stub within OnePlus’ Game Space to allow a one-tap installation process. In a joint press note with OnePlus, Epic Games’ founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said, “Easy installation with one touch really simplifies the process of installing software, and removes friction usually found on other Android devices.”
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