Do you really want you to play Fortnite on your Mac, but you are not sure if it can handle the job, especially if gameplay goes a little crazy ? [1
Start playing Fortnite on your Mac
To download Fortnite on your Mac, go to the Epic Games site and start the download process from your Mac. Select the button Play for free and, if you get an option, choose the download PC / Mac .
This will download the EpicInstaller file that you must start to start the process. Drag the Epic Games icon to your Applications folder and confirm opening the Launcher if your Mac asks if you are sure. The download will now begin.
Epic will now ask you to create or log in with your account. Log in and select the green button Install . When your Mac asks you where you want to store Fortnite, it's a good idea to download it to the default location. You must also keep the option Auto-update selected so that Fortnite remains up to date. Have the game downloaded and select Start when you are ready to start playing.
The specifications you need for Fortnite on Mac
The next thing to ask is what specifications Fortnite needs when working on a Mac. Epic provides information on both minimum requirements – the basic level of functionality – and recommended requirements, which provide a more optimal experience. If you have a limited budget or an older Mac, you may be interested in the minimum requirements:
- Intel Iris Pro 5200
- Core i3 2.4 GHz processor
- 4 GB RAM
- MacOS Sierra 10.12 .6
- A Mac compatible with Apple & # 39; s Metal API (check if your Mac is compatible here)
However, for the best, most competitive gaming experience, it is best to look for the recommended settings that the game runs faster and smoother. Provide these specifications (or better) if possible:
- AMD Radeon HD 7870 (DX11 GPU equivalent)
- 2GB VRAM
- Core i5 2.8 GHz processor
- 8 GB RAM
- MacOS High Sierra 10.13 .6 (although the latest MacOS provides highly recommended improvements in the experience)
Important Fortnite Settings
When you start the game, Fortnite will automatically detect your hardware and specify some recommended settings. That's a good place to start, but you probably want to manually adjust a number of in-game settings related to graphic quality and performance. If you adjust these settings downwards, your Mac can run Fortnite faster, but the game can also be harder to play. Here are a few settings to keep in mind.
Screen resolution : All modern Macs have 1080p screens or higher. However, you probably want to stick to the 1080p resolution for better frame rates. You want to try to get as close to 60 FPS as possible, but everywhere above 30 must be playable enough to have at least some fun.
Quality Settings : You can choose from Low, Medium, High and Epic (or Auto, but you want more control than that). Start with Low, because this gives you as many FPS (frames per second) as possible. If it looks like your Mac is running Low Settings without any problems, try bumping into Medium and see how your playing experience goes. If the gameplay is still very smooth, you can try increasing the settings even more to get the most out of your performance.
Vsync : In most cases you want Vsync to be enabled to reduce the amount of screen cracks in the game. However, if you think it costs you too much, you may have to live without it.
Keep in mind that game quality can change over time. Things improve, but patches also introduce new problems. As we mentioned above, the performance of Fortnite on Macs improved significantly between 2018 and 2019 thanks to new updates and compatibility. However, as we have seen with previous updates, sometimes new versions can also introduce bugs that cause crashes or delays. These bugs were resolved on time, so if possible, roll back the update or stay patient and wait for a solution.
Recommended Macs for Fortnite
Ok, so which specific Mac models are ideal for Fortnite and which will there be problems? Let's look at two separate cases: play on a laptop and play on a desktop.
On a MacBook : When you play on a laptop, you need recent specifications to support smoother play – otherwise you are going to have a really difficult time. We strongly recommend using the MacBook Pro for playing Fortnite and stick with models released in 2016 or later. The latest MacBook Pro models significantly improve performance.
We also recommend staying with the 15-inch model. The 15-inch version upgrades of integrated graphics to various discrete GPUs – including the impressive Vega 20 – that give an important boost to your gameplay. Other Mac laptops with their integrated GPU & # 39; s just won't be that smooth.
On a Mac desktop : an iMac can handle Fortnite as long as it is one with a discrete graphics card choice. No matter how great your iMac looks, if it uses integrated Intel graphics as standard, it will not perform well in games. For the sake of compatibility, you must also search for a model released in 2017 or later for the best results. The same goes for the Mac mini, without discreet graphics.
We tested the 5K 27-inch iMac with a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card, which gave us nearly 60 FPS on Epic settings or in the upper -70s on high settings.
There is an important reservation for Macs: to run Fortnite they must have Metal support. Metal is technology that coordinates tasks between the CPU and GPU in Macs, and Fortnite requires that it works correctly. Metal has been introduced in OS X El Capitan, so if you've updated your Mac's software in recent years, you have to be good.
In general, every MacBook released in 2015 or later has Metal. All Air or Pro models had Metal in 2012 and later. iMac models have Metal in 2012 and Mac Pro & # 39; s have it at the end of 2013. If your Mac doesn't have Metal, Fortnite is really only an option if you upgrade.