Ali-A gives Fortnite players first look at next-gen graphics
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Ali-A gives Fortnite players first look at next-gen graphics

Published: 17/Sep/2020 16:31

by David Purcell

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YouTuber Alistair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken has released footage of how Fortnite Battle Royale will look with its next-gen update, giving PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC players a flavor of what’s to come. 

The popular content creator is known for finding some of the game’s biggest secrets and tricks. Many of his videos drop following patches, where he looks through different skins and leaks.

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Though, one day before everybody else, he rolled out a new video showing off how graphics will soon look in the battle royale title.

Ali-A shows off Fortnite next-gen

On September 16, Ali-A posted a video to his YouTube channel showing off what he described as Fortnite 2.0. He put in the new parts needed to run Fortnite next-gen on PC, and off he went!

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After picking up a few eliminations, he opened up about the game’s new performance. He said: “I have never had performance like this in Fortnite, even with the old setting turned onto max. It’s crazy, the fact that the game can run all this, look this good, and still get such high FPS. I’m blown away.”

Segment starts at 3:44 below. 

New Fortnite update opens up next-gen graphics

The game’s developers have since rolled out a new update that allows all players to access these graphics, if they own NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU cards and DirectX12.

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As the trailer shows, not to mention Ali-A’s footage, a boat load of graphics improvements are in the pipeline for the new Xbox and PS consoles.

PC players will also be delighted by the change, but their graphics always have the potential for improvement unlike those on console.

In an Epic Games blog post, they said: “The advanced rendering capability of ray tracing allows new visual and lighting effects previously not possible in Fortnite. With our latest update, we’re delivering improved ambient occlusion, shadows, reflections, and real-time global illumination.”

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They also posted two screenshots which show the difference, as seen below. The one on the right is the old graphics, and the left shows the changes. Clearly, there’s a hell of a difference with reflections.

Fortnite on PS5 and Xbox Series X
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Here’s how current and next-gen graphics compare in Fortnite.

How to get next-gen graphics in Fortnite

If you would like to jump into the game and visit the exact same place these screenshots were taken, you’re going to need to enter Creative mode on PC.

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You will also need the parts listed by Epic. To access the new tech, enter the following code to spawn there: 189-0518-5408.

Soon enough, this will be the normal in Fortnite – so get used to it!

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson