Fortnite finally revolutionizes its graphics thanks to Unreal Engine 5.1.
Epic Games has decided to make a before and after in Fortnite with the start of its Chapter 4 after a third batch of seasons that has suffered the largest historical drop in players. The battle-royale has updated its map and incorporated playable news in its restart, although the biggest surprise has been the implementation of the Unreal Engine 5.1 graphics engine on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC and cloud gaming.
Unreal Engine 5 offers a generational leap in visual fidelity by introducing an unprecedented level of detail to the in-game map. In this way, the renewed graphics engine offers Nanite technology, Lumen, virtual shadow maps and super temporal resolution.
What Unreal Engine 5.1 offers in Fortnite
- nanites: This technology allows to generate a geometric architecture down to the millimeter. In this way, buildings are rendered from millions of polygons in real time and every brick, stone, wood plank and wall covering is molded. For example, each tree is made up of approximately 300,000 polygons, while each stone, flower, and blade of grass is shaped.
- lumen: This technology allows you to enjoy real-time global illumination at 60 FPS, performing high-quality ray-tracing reflections on shiny materials and water. The technology allows you to enjoy global illumination in real time at 60 FPS. In addition, the characters react to the lighting of the environment.
- Virtual shadow maps: Create highly detailed shadows. Each brick, leaf and modeled detail will have its own shadow and that of the characters is extremely accurate. In this way, some elements of the characters, such as hats or smaller details, also have their own shadow.
- Temporal Super Resolution (TRS): An improvement over temporal anti-aliasing in Fortnite that allows you to enjoy high-quality graphics even at high frame rates.
Fortnite Chapter 4, available for free on all platformstakes players to a new realm where we can move in new ways: on a dirt bike, in a snowball, with a shock hammer… After its last final event, a new island full of new weapons, as well as objects to find while enjoying the new abilities of the characters.