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

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

Published: 17/Sep/2020 16:31

by David Purcell


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.

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!

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.

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.”

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.

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!


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 10 challenges

Published: 29/Oct/2020 14:26 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 14:29

by Matt Porter


The tenth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
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Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 10 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
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Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.