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Fortnite RTX first look reveals improved graphics

Published: 1/Sep/2020 18:27

by Tanner Pierce


During the NVIDIA GeForce livestream on September 1, the company announced that RTX has been enabled for the insanely popular battle royale game, Fortnite.

Even though Fortnite doesn’t have the most realistic graphics in the world, the game has been praised for its technical achievements. The title looks visually crisp and runs at a consistent, smooth framerate across most of the major consoles and systems (with an obvious exception being made for the Switch version).

Despite this, the game doesn’t currently have RTX support, which has bummed out many PC players for a while now – especially considering the fact that a lot of games on the platform do have it enabled. Thankfully, however, this seems to be changing.

Today, NVIDIA announced during its GeForce livestream that RTX will finally be enabled for Fortnite.

According to the livestream, Fortnite will now support raytraced shadows and reflections, as well as ambient occlusion and DLSS 2. While that may sound like a bunch of jumbled and confusing terminology, it means it’s going to make the game look a lot better on PC going forward.

Epic also released a trailer for the new graphics, which gives players a good look at how RTX will be implemented in Fortnite.

Players will automatically be able to notice a difference in the trailer, from the shine on players helmets, to the near mirror-like reflections on windows, all the way down to the realistic-looking water.

Unfortunately, there’s no telling when the support will be added to the game. While the stream said that the RTX support is “enabled,” the trailer itself says that it’s actually coming soon, so players will probably have to wait a bit longer to take advantage of the improvement for themselves.

Hopefully it doesn’t take too long, though, as PC players will more than likely want to start utilizing the feature as soon as possible.


FaZe Clan announce top 20 finalists for FaZe5 & what’s coming next

Published: 29/Nov/2020 19:47 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:28

by Albert Petrosyan


The search for the next batch of FaZe 5 winners has dwindled down to just 20 finalists, who were unveiled by FaZe Clan on November 29 along with what’s happening next in the process.

Due to its rarity and prestige, FaZe5 always draws a lot of interest as it gives those aspiring to make a career out of gaming a chance to join the world’s biggest esports organization.

Tens of thousands of fans submitted tons of content during the competition’s open entry period, but only 100 survived the first cut when it was announced back on October 23.

Now, that list has been slashed again, down to just 20 – and all of the details for it can be found below:

FaZe 5 top-20 finalists

  • Proze – 22 years old
  • HunterTV – 20
  • Conrady – 20
  • Zenon – 9
  • Lough – 14
  • Zogoro – 22
  • Cannaestia – 35
  • K1ng – 14
  • Montoya Twinz – 20
  • Scope – 21
  • RowdyRogan – 6
  • Flea – 22
  • Faxuty – 22
  • NioRooch – 20
  • Virus – 22
  • Grant the Goat – 17
  • Milliam – 15
  • Stevie – 19
  • Cufboys – 22
  • Absorber – 17

How was the top-20 determined?

There are obviously a lot of factors that go into deciding who gets to move onto the next phase of FaZe5, including in-game skill, mastery of craft, ability to entertain, and wow-factor.

Following the top-100 announcement, those who advanced were given specific challenges to complete, including things like sending in something different than the original submission and making a ‘day in the life’ video.

They were also required to put forth an example of how they’d promote G FUEL, since all five winners will receive a sponsorship with the brand. That was followed by a collaborative challenge, one that paired up similar participants and required them to submit a single piece of content featuring them both in some way.

FaZe Clan Nissan partnership for FaZe 5
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Due to their partnership with Nissan, FaZe Clan are giving one FaZe5 winner a Kicks SUV!

What’s next in FaZe 5?

Now that the top-20 has been announced, the next step is for them to complete another series of challenges in order to help the org decide who will be crowned a winner.

As things stand, there will not be another in-between cutoff from now until the winners get revealed, so whatever these 20 finalists get asked to do will hold a lot of weight in determining who survives the final stage.

Here’s a reminder of what’s on the line:

  • Nissan Kicks SUV (only for first-place)
  • $20,000 signing bonus
  • G FUEL endorsement contract for 3-6 months

FaZe have not yet announced when the five victors will be unveiled, but if they follow the previous FaZe5, there will be an individual video released for each winner – one per day until all five are made public.