While Apple’s computers are some of the most popular on the market, Macs have always had one glaring oversight: gaming. Simply put, most developers just don’t bother porting games to the Mac, resulting in a serious lack of games for Apple enthusiasts.
Don’t put away your mice and keyboard just yet, though. You can still join the 250 million players building, shooting, and looting on Fortnite!
Before securing your Victory Royale, you’ll want to make sure the game is optimized for your hardware. Here are some tips on how to make Fortnite run better on Mac.
Upgrade Your OS and Drivers
Before you open the Epic Launcher, make sure you’re running the latest macOS update. If you think it sounds a little funky that your OS would mess with your game’s performance, we can’t blame you.
But since macOS graphics drivers are baked into the OS, updating your computer’s firmware can deliver better graphics, a higher framerate, and clearer audio in addition to better security features and new functionality.
With that said, updating your Mac’s OS can take upwards of an hour sometimes. If you don’t feel like updating everything at once, you can find drivers online.
To find the latest drivers for your particular model, click the Apple logo followed by ‘About This Mac’. There should be a line labeled ‘Graphics’ that details your computer’s card.
From there, it’s as easy as Googling the specific card and downloading the latest driver.
For safe measure, it’s a good idea to reset your computer after installation.
Close Background Programs
Macs are processing powerhouses. But even they have their limits.
If you’re running multiple programs at once, like Discord or Twitch, you’re going to take resources away from the game. The result is a slower, chuggier version of Fortnite that can have a serious impact on your placement.
While you’ll have to have the Epic Launcher up to launch Fortnite, that’s about all you’ll want to have open. If you don’t yet have the Epic Launcher, check out this article on how to run Fortnite on Mac through the platform.
Before heading into the game, make sure any other background programs are closed. This should free up your CPU to focus on the game and launcher only,
Lower the Graphics
For a cartoonish game, Fortnite has some fantastic graphics. On high-res versions of the game, you’ll notice shimmering, reflective waters and detailed blades of grass.
The good news is that you can see Fortnite and all of its beauty on your Mac. The bad news is, you’ll have to all but ditch Fortnite’s most top graphics options in order to get it at a playable framerate.
This is especially important since Fortnite Chapter 2’s launch saw a major graphics overhaul.
To lower your graphics settings, you’ll first want to launch the game. Once you’re at the main menu, click the game’s submenu (it should look like three lines).
You should see a variety of options, including a few graphics settings. Turn it to the lowest possible setting, then do the same for shadows.
While this may sting, remember that framerate is what matters here. If you’re lagging, you can’t see a player creep up behind you or snipe you from a tower.
Adjust Frame Rate Limit
While you’re tinkering with Fortnite’s settings menu, you’ll see an option labeled ‘Adjust Frame Rate Limit’.
This feature keeps gameplay clipping along between 60 frames-per-second and 120fps.
As you can surmise, the fluctuation can mess with your game. And if you’re running Fortnite on an older Mac, you’re going to have an even harder time keeping up due to your older graphics card.
As nice as 120fps looks, you only need a steady 60fps to stay competitive, so turn this feature off.
Play in Fullscreen Mode
Playing in windowed mode is fun if you’re looking to run multiple programs at once. But since we’re not worried about running anything but the Epic Launcher and Fortnite itself, there’s no need to play in windowed mode.
In fact, doing so can actually make your game run worse.
In windowed mode, your computer has to render Fortnite along with all other open programs on your desktop. This takes away a good deal of processing power, resulting in slowed framerates and an inability to render draw distance so you can see enemies from far away.
Fullscreen is, bar none, the way to go.
Give Your Mac Proper Ventilation
Since Macs aren’t gaming computers by design, things can get pretty heated when you start matchmaking. Literally.
On the whole, Macs have some brilliantly designed ventilation systems. MacBooks, for instance, vent air near the keyboard.
Still, since your computer will heat up in a few moments, you should play in a cool room or have a fan nearby to help.
Play Over a Wired Connection
Aside from framerate, your connection speed is the most important factor. The worse your connection speed, the greater you’ll lag.
If possible, play over an ethernet connection so you don’t have to worry about slow WiFi speeds.
This is easier said than done on MacBooks and may require an adapter. On a desktop, you should have an ethernet port in the back.
How to Make Fortnite Run Better on Mac
There you have it, how to make Fortnite run better on Mac computers. While it won’t look as good as your PS4 version or run as smoothly as the PC version, these tips should allow you to run Fortnite with a solid framerate.
And don’t forget, you can link your Epic account to other versions of the game, so your progress will carry over across all platforms!
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