Fortnite Best Settings Competitive guide: Best Keybindings, Best Sensitivity
Despite its cartoony graphics, competitive Fortnite is about as hardcore a twitch-shooter as they come.
Not only do the best Fortnite players need lightning reflexes to track targets, but effective building needs practice, incredible speed-of-thought, and top-notch mechanical skill.
To give you an edge, here are our recommendations for the best Fortnite settings, including the best keybindings and best sensitivity to use in battle.
Custom settings aren’t going to turn you into a pro without any effort, and they’ll definitely take some getting used to, but changing the game to more closely fit your personal skills and what feels right for you will go some way to helping you feel comfortable enough to perform at your best.
Similarly, matching a Pro player’s settings exactly might not work best for you either, since they might prefer higher or lower sensitivity, have bigger or smaller hands to reach different keybindings, or for any other reason - so experiment for the best results.
Best Fortnite settings for PC and Console
Best PC Fortnite settings
When it comes to the best Fortnite settings on PC, it’s all about the FPS (frames-per-second). A moving picture on your screen is actually made up of lots of static images that change from one to another very quickly, and the more of these frames that are displayed in a second, the smoother your Fortnite game will be.
In terms of competitive advantage, this lets you see and react to things more quickly without juddering on-screen. As well, when more frames are displayed there’s less of a delay between when you press a button or key and its action happening, which means there’s less chance of missing small details that end up getting you eliminated.
These might be very marginal gains but can make the difference between a Victory Royale and 2nd place.
There have also been reports that a higher FPS can lead to your guns firing faster. The extent that this helps you out is unconfirmed, or if it’s been “fixed” - however this is obviously another reason to try and keep your FPS as high as possible.
It’s not particularly surprising either. Rate-of-fire being linked to FPS was always a problem in past Call of Duty games as well, and was something to do with how the game servers communicated with different players. In that instance, players with a better FPS communicated their hits back to the server more quickly, and therefore gained an advantage.
How to get the best Fortnite FPS settings
To maximise your FPS on lower-spec PCs, try heading to the Options menu that’s represented by three bars in the top right of the screen in the Lobby.
Then go into Video settings. From here, increase your Frame Rate Limit while reducing the graphical effects to low - this means your PC will have an easier time running Fortnite, and it’ll be able to get to a higher FPS.
Remember to turn “Vsync” off as well, since this can limit your FPS.
You’ll want to keep your view distance on Epic though, since it’s vital that you can see as far away as possible. Otherwise, you’d be able to be surprised by stuff that’s far off in the distance, and you want to always be prepared.
For an idea of the best Fortnite video settings, try the list in the screenshot below:
- Window Mode: Fullscreen
- Display Resolution: 1920x1080
- Frame Rate Limit: Unlimited
- 3D Resolution: 1920x1080
- View Distance: Epic
- Shadows: Off
- Anti-Aliasing: Off
- Textures: Low
- Effects: Low
- Post Processing: Low
- Vsync: Off
- Motion Blur: Off
- Show FPS: Optional (it will give you a better idea of where you’re at, but isn’t necessary)
Best Fortnite Keybindings
Fortnite Console Keybindings
On console, getting the best Fortnite keybindings is quite simple. Just go into the menu by pressing the Options button and scroll over to the wireless controller menu.
Here, you need to make sure that you’ve got your configuration set to “Builder Pro”. This makes it so when you press to Toggle Build Mode, you use the shoulder buttons and triggers to build which piece you want, rather than having to cycle through a menu.
This is much, much, faster than building the normal way, and lets you build structures with lots of different types of pieces quickly.
Once you’ve changed this in the settings and hit “Apply”, go over to the “Game” settings menu and scroll down until you see “Builder Pro: Build Immediately”. Set this to on and hit Apply.
This setting makes it so you only have to press the shoulder buttons or triggers once to build a piece of a structure.
Changing to this control scheme gives you a massive competitive advantage over players that haven’t, since you can build more complicated structures more quickly and more easily.
If you’re trying to become a building master, try lowering the “Controller Edit Hold Time” setting too. This makes it so your edits register more quickly, so you can get out of bases more easily.
Tap to interact
Another keybinding tip for Fortnite on console is to turn on “Tap to Search / Interact”. With that on, you don’t have to hold down the button to search things like chests and ammo boxes.
Fortnite PC Keybindings
On PC, the best Fortnite keybindings are a little more down to personal preference.
Pretty much every pro player has their own set of custom keybindings, and you’ll want to develop your own one too.
To change your keybindings, go into the Options menu from the Lobby, and click the little keyboard in the menu tray at the top of the screen.
Our tip would be to place the functions that you use most, closest to where your fingers are most of the time on the keyboard. For example, you’re going to be holding down W, A, S, and D for most of the game in Fortnite, so if you want to be able to build a wall really quickly, why not bind it to the F key, or the E, Q, or R key.
This is a much faster movement for your index finger to make in the heat of battle, and will help you put a barrier between you and an enemy quickly if you’re surprised.
Another function we’d suggest creating a custom keybind for is the slot where you tend to store your main weapon - whether that’s slot 1 or slot 3, or any other.
So that you can swap efficiently between building and your main weapons - without having to reach up and hit a number key - how about binding your weapon slots to the Z key, X key, or G or C keys.
That way if you’ve moved your building keys to be around the F, E, R, and Q keys, then the Z, X, G, and C are all free, and all really close to where your fingers already are. The Z and X are probably the best keybindings, because then you can press them with your ring finger while your index finger presses your build keys.
Best Fortnite Sensitivity
Aiming sensitivity is weird in Fortnite because you want to do completely different things based on whether you’re on PC or Console. On PC, a mouse is so precise that you need to lower things down to get the best results, whereas on Console you need the extra speed.
Best Sensitivity for Fortnite on PC
Most pro Fortnite players tend to play on PC with a mouse and keyboard, and they usually lower their sensitivity in the settings to between 0.08 and 0.11.
Where on that scale you choose will depend on the DPI of your mouse. If your DPI is higher - around 800 - then you can go lower on the sensitivity. If you’re rocking 400-500 DPI, then 0.1 or above is where you want to be.
If you have both too low of a DPI and sensitivity, then you won’t be able to move fast enough to shotgun someone that’s rushing you, so be careful not to go too far.
As for Targeting Sensitivity, these tend to range from 0.55 to 0.8, again depending on DPI.
Then for Scope Sensitivity, top players can range from as low as 0.4 to 0.8, with players on higher DPIs being closer to 0.4.
With any changes in sensitivity, it’s important to be gradual. It’s going to take time to relearn how such a fundamental change impacts your gameplay, so if you jump right in at the deep end it’s going to be very tough. But be patient and it’s worth it.
Best Fortnite Sensitivity on Console
On consoles, because of the imprecision and Aim Assist of a controller, you want to do the exact opposite as on PC and turn your sensitivity up for high-level play.
Players can range their Wireless Controller Sensitivity anywhere from 0.6 to the full 1.00.
The Targeting and Scope Sensitivity is usually lower through, ranging from 0.5 to 0.65.
Whereas the Wireless Controller Building Sensitivity ranges go back up from about 1.1 to 1.3.
It’s doubly important on consoles that you increase your sensitivity gradually - seriously - or you’re not going to be able to hit anything.
Now you've got your own custom keybindings and sensitivity set up, why not test them out on some Weekly Challenges? We've got guides for every week, so check 'em out:
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Best Mouse Settings and Sensitivity
Many players are in-general using a very high sensitivity. One of the things we realized by analyzing a lot of professional players, is that they play on a relatively low sensitivity. This gives them the advantage of making it easier for them to fine-tune their aim. Since the sensitivity depends on both in-game sensitivity and your mouse DPI, we have to create a measure so we can compare different players. This is called eDPI. eDPI stands for Effective DPI. The formula is very simple and is just the in-game sensitivity multiplied by the DPI. DPI stands for Dots Per Inch by the way, but we will cover this in another guide.
eDPI = In-game sensitivity * DPI
Looking at our Fortnite pro settings list, the average eDPI is around 70. If you have a mouse DPI of 800, this corresponds to an in-game sensitivity of 0.0875 in Fortnite.
We recommend that you play around with your sensitivity so you find something that feels good for you. However, at the same time, we recommend that you lie within the range of an eDPI of 20 to 200. If you are far outside this range, it might indicate that you should try to change your settings accordingly.
A note about choosing the right mouse DPI settings
A lot of gaming mice can go up to very high DPI settings, for example, some brands claim their mice can go up to 16,000 DPI. While they are not doing false advertising, at the same time it is not completely true, again we are gonna save all the details for another guide, but lets just say that there are some general limitations on how high your mouse native mouse DPI can be, so in reality, the mouse will just simulate a higher DPI. While we are at it, we should really stop calling it DPI. DPI stands for Dots per inch, and in reality, we mean CPI (Counts per inch) when we are talking about DPI. Again, we will cover all this in another guide. Looking at professional players, the average DPI setting is 750. We recommend you go for a value between 800 – 1600.
Recommended mouse for Fortnite
If you are playing on an old mouse, you will really feel a big difference by upgrading your mouse. At the same time, a new mouse is probably the cheapest investment you can do when it comes to gaming peripherals.
All of the gaming mice that we recommend has one thing in common, they all use the Pixart PMW3360 sensor or similar. This is considered the best sensor available at the moment. Besides the sensor, the optimal mouse depends a lot on preference. Some of the things you should consider when choosing the right mouse:
- The weight of the mouse
- Shape & grip
- Size of mouse
- Number of buttons
That said, this is some of the best and most popular mice at the moment:
Windows mouse sensitivity
Some games, including CS:GO does not use RAW input by default. What this means, is that your Windows sensitivity will affect your in-game sensitivity. In Fortnite this is not the case. Fortnite uses raw input, and will therefore ignore the Windows sensitivity. The reason we mention this is because some people who come from other games like CS:GO, might now know this so we just want to clarify it before we get questions about it.
Optimize your PC settings for Fortnite
After you have optimized your in-game video and graphics settings in Fortnite, there are still some tweaks left to go. If you have a lot of programs open that you don’t use, they might take up some of the CPU & GPU power simply by idling in the background processes. To check which programs are open, click Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time and select the Task Manager (in Windows 10). This will give you a list of Apps and Background processes which are currently running. Go through the list and check if you are using all of them. If you see something you don’t recognize, Google what it is before closing it.
To take it one step further, you can stop programs and apps from launching up automatically when you start your computer. To do this, go into the Task Manager again and click on the tab called Startup. Step by step guide:
- Click CTRL+ALT+DELETE at the same time.
- From the menu that opens up, choose Task Manager.
- From the Task Manager windows, click on the tab called Startup.
- Click on the Startup Impact column, to sort by the programs that have the biggest impact on startup times.
- The Status column shows which programs are enabled or disabled on startup. If you want to disable a program, simply right click and Disable it. If you do not know what the program does, Google the name before disabling it.
Laptop power optimizations
If you are playing on a laptop, you should make sure that you are not running in Power saving mode, but rather in High performance mode. To check this, open the Windows menu and type “Choose power plan” and hit enter. This will bring up the power plan menu, where you can select which plan to use.
Optimize NVIDIA settings
If you have a PC with an NVIDIA graphics card, there might be some tweaks left that you can implement. These optimizations require that you change your NVIDIA 3D settings from the NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Open the NVIDIA Control Panel (if you don’t know how one of the ways is by right-clicking on your desktop and choosing it from the menu).
- Click Manage 3D settings.
- You can either change the settings for all programs and games, or you can do it for select programs. Select Global Settings or Program Settings and find Fortnite on the list. If you choose Global Settings, the changes will affect all programs and games.
- Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
- Set Preferred refresh rate to “Highest available”.
- Set Power Management Mode to “Prefer maximum performance”.
- Set Threaded optimization to ON.
- Set Vertical sync to OFF.
- Click apply and you can now close the control panel again.
Clean up your computer
In the last part, we will focus on how you can clean up your PC to make it faster. We highly recommend a program called CCleaner. CCleaner is a program that can clean up a lot of different stuff with just the click of a button. There is a free and a premium version, but the free version works just fine. It will delete your Internet cache, cookies, download history, thumbnail cache and a lot of other things you usually don’t need. If you do not want to delete something, e.g. cookies, you can just deselect it from the menu.
How to clean your computer with CCleaner
- Download and install CCleaner. There are different versions of this program. Free, professional and business version. We recommend the professional version since it is very cheap and includes some additional features that are very useful.
- Open the program and click on the Cleaner tab.
- Go through the settings in the menu called Windows and Applications and deselect anything you don’t want to delete.
- Click on Analyze.
- CCleaner will now tell you which files are gonna be deleted. If everything looks fine, proceed to Run Cleaner.
- Now click on the Registry tab on the far left.
- Click Scan for Issues.
- After the scan click on Fix selected Issues… You might want to backup your registry database before, CCleaner will prompt you for this.
Best Fortnite Keybinds
There is too much to cover in this guide, therefore we have made a separate guide on optimization of keybinds and the best Fortnite keybinds. In this guide we will explain some important things to consider and explain what some players who are considered the best Fortnite builders are using.
Guide: Best Fortnite keybinds.
That’s it, we hope this guide will help you with your competitive gaming and to increase the performance and FPS of the game. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact us here or on Twitter. We will be regularly be updating this guide, so be sure to check back in the future.
The best Fortnite settings for low end PC in Chapter 2 Season 7 (2021 Guide)
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 is drawing to an end and players are gearing up for the release of Season 8, which is rumored to introduce Naruto and Dragon Ball Z franchises to the game.
However, before the new season sets in, a live event will take place in-game that will see an end to the ongoing alien invasion on the Fortnite island. Players will definitely want to grab every minute of this live event, as it will set forth a lot of changes to the game going into Season 8. Fortnite players will require an adequate setup to play the game, but a lot can be achieved with a minimum if all game settings are properly managed.
This article will list out the best settings for Fortnite players who play on a low end PC.
Best settings for Fortnite Season 7 for players with low end hardware
Fortnite players with low end hardware should aim to achieve the highest FPS settings, as that will make the gameplay the smoothest. Most professional players also run the game in the lowest settings to achieve the highest FPS, despite having good hardware that will support better graphics.
While low end PC players might not be able to enjoy graphics and 3D resolution in the optimum manner, with a minimum of 60 FPS, they will be able to easily compete in every Fortnite match. Below are the best settings in Fortnite for low end hardware:
- Window mode: Fullscreen
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Frame Rate Limit: Above the refresh rate of the monitor. If the monitor has a refresh rate of 60 Hz then set the Frame Rate Limit at 120 Hz.
- 3D resolution: 100%
- View distance: Far
- Shadows: Off
- Anti-aliasing: Off
- Textures: Low
- Effects: Low
- Post- processing: Low
Players can consider turning View Distance to 'Epic' as it will enable them to view builds, enemies and the environment in long ranges efficiently in Fortnite.
- V-Sync: Off
- Motion Blur: Off
- Show FPS: On
- Direct X Version: Direct X 11
- Allow Mutithreaded Rendering: On
- Ray Tracing: Off
Also Read: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 Release Date: When does Season 7 end, Live Event 'Operation Skyfire', Leaks, and more
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