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Fortnite getting new update today with improved resolution and frame rate, smaller file size on Switch

Posted on March 30, 2021 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop


Epic has announced that it will deliver a new Fortnite update to Switch players today. In addition to improved resolution and frame rate, the file size will be reduced.

Fortnite will now run at 660p in portable mode and 880p when docked. The file size will be reduced by roughly 140MB as well.

Here’s the full notice from Epic:

Beginning March 30, 2021, we’re releasing an update to enhance our player experience for the Nintendo Switch. Specifically, we’re upgrading the renderer on the Nintendo Switch to make better use of the console’s GPU.

So what does this mean for Switch players? The update provides significantly improved resolution both in handheld and docked modes, resulting in images that are less blurry, without loss of performance. The update also provides a more consistent framerate, with fewer hitches, resulting in a smoother experience overall.

Fortnite on Switch will still use dynamic resolution when needed to ensure a consistent framerate, but this will occur less frequently, and overall resolution will be significantly higher.

  Expected ResolutionsBeforeAfter
Handheld    1000×560    1170×660
Docked    1390×780    1560×880 

Note: that’s a 38% increase in pixels in handheld mode!

Check out the screenshots below to see how the game’s visuals look before and after the new update.

Fortnite Nintendo Switch Performance Boost
Fortnite Nintendo Switch Performance Boost

Additionally, Switch players are going to save about 140MB of storage space with the new update. Grab your Switch, play in Handheld or Docked modes, and keep those Victory Royale’s coming!


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