Fortnite PC will require Windows 10 from Chapter 4 Season 2 onwards

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The walls are going up

This past weekend was a huge one for Epic Games juggernaut release, Fortnite — Not only did Season 2 Chapter 3 come to its conclusion via Saturday’s earth-shaking “Fracture” event, but it was followed by the reveal of a litany of new content headed to the defining battle royale release. Hidden among all this excitement, however, was some important news for those who build ‘n’ brawl on PC via Windows.

As of Chapter 4 Season 2, The PC edition of Fortnite will be supported on Windows 10 only, with native official support halting on previous versions, including Windows 7 & 8. Speaking in a statement on its official blog Epic Games noted that, as the game moves forward into the next generation, the developer wishes to secure its future on more contemporary platforms, shutting down security loopholes on the older versions of the operating software.

And thus, all PC Fortnite players will be required to play on Windows 10 if they wish to play natively, and receive all future game support. As a workaround, those who are unable to upgrade will still be able to participate via cloud, through the Nvidia GeForce NOW game streaming service. Otherwise, moving to an alternate platform or pulling the trigger on a Windows 10 upgrade will be the only other options.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 sees the multiplayer madness now rendered in the powerful Unreal 5.1 engine, bringing new levels of visual fidelity to the game. The PC edition has received an overhaul of its graphics options, allowing for higher settings in fields such as Global Illumination, Nanite Geometry, and Temporal Super Resolution — replacing the Temporal Anti-Aliasing option and offering better frame rates for sharper resolutions. If you are not tech-savvy, fear not, as an auto-setting option will be available to tune your rig to the best visual recommendation possible.

You can read more about the Chapter 3 Finale, as well as Chapter 4’s incoming content in our previous reports. Fortnite is available now on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and mobile platforms.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s and writing about them since the 1880s. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse