Do you really want Fortnite on your Mac, but are not you sure he can handle the task, especially if the gameplay gets a little crazy? [1
Start playing Fortnite on your Mac
To download Fortnite on your Mac, simply visit the Epic Games website and start the download process from your Mac. Select the Play Free button and select PC / Mac if you select an option.
This will download the EpicInstaller . File that you should start to start the process. Drag the Epic Games icon to your application folder and confirm that you will open the launcher when asked by your Mac if you are sure. The download starts now.
Epic now asks you to create or sign in to your account. Log in and select the green button Install . If your Mac asks you where you want to store Fortnite, it's a good idea to have it downloaded to program files. You should also leave the Auto Update option enabled to keep Fortnite up to date. Download the game and select Start if you want to start playing.
Important Fortnite Settings
When you start the game, Fortnite automatically detects your hardware and gives some recommended settings out. This is a good starting point, but you'll probably need to manually adjust a number of game settings for graphics quality and performance. By adjusting these settings, your Mac can run faster Fortnite but the game may become more difficult. Here are some setting options to keep in mind:
Screen Resolution : All modern Macs have higher than 1080p displays. However, you should probably keep the 1080p resolution for better refresh rates. They should try to get as close as possible to 60 FPS, although it should go beyond 30.
Quality Presets : You can choose between Low, Medium, High and Epic (or Auto, but you want more control than that). Start at Low as you get as many FPS (frames per second) as possible. If it looks like your low-setting Mac is running smoothly, try running on "medium" and see how your gaming experience works. If the gameplay is still very fluid, you can try increasing settings to get the most out of your performance.
3D Resolution : Keep this setting at 100 percent and you do not want to confuse this if the performance is not really good. In this case, try 75 percent or nearby to see if it helps. This can improve the refresh rate, but at the expense of graphical qualities you do not want to miss.
Remember that game quality may change over time. Things are improving, but patches are also causing new problems. As mentioned earlier, Fortnite performance on Macs has improved significantly thanks to new updates and compatibility between 2018 and 2019.
However, as we have seen in previous updates, sometimes new versions may also introduce bugs that cause crashes or slowdowns. These errors will be corrected in time. Therefore either cancel an update or wait for an update.
The specifications you need for Fortnite on the Mac
The first question is the specification that Fortnite needs when running on a Mac. Epic contains information on the requirements of Minimum (basic level for functionality) and recommended and which provide an optimal experience. If you have a limited budget or an older Mac, you might be interested in the minimum requirements, namely:
- Intel Iris Pro 5200
- Core i3 2.4 GHz processor
- 4 GB of RAM  MacOS Sierra 10.12.6
For the best and most competitive gaming experience, however, you should look for the recommended settings that will make the game faster and smoother. If possible, make sure you have (or better) the following specifications:
- AMD Radeon HD 7870 (equivalent DX11 GPU)
- 2 GB VRAM
- Core i5 2.8GHz processor
- 8 GB of RAM
- MacOS Sierra 10.13.6 (although the latest MacOS leads to recommended improvements in the experience)
Recommended Macs for Fortnite
Okay, so what? certain Mac models are ideal for Fortnite and where will problems arise? Let's look at two cases that play on a laptop and play on a desktop.
On a MacBook : When playing on a laptop, you need up-to-date specifications to support a quieter game – otherwise you have a really hard time. We strongly recommend that you use the MacBook Pro to play Fortnite and stick to models released in 2016 or recently. The latest MacBook Pro models significantly improve performance.
We also recommend staying with the 15-inch model. The 13-inch is just too small for the kind of surveillance and shootout that Fortnite often requires. The 15-inch version also upgrades from integrated graphics to a standalone GPU – the stunning Vega 20 – which gives your gameplay an important boost. Other Mac laptops with integrated GPUS just are not that smooth.
On a Mac desktop : An iMac can handle Fortnite if it has a discrete graphics option. It does not matter how good your iMac looks, if it runs integrated Intel graphics cards by default it will not perform well in games. For compatibility reasons, you should also look for a model released in 2016 or later for best results. The same goes for the iMac mini, which does not include discrete graphics.
We tested the 5K-27-inch iMac with a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card, which at Epic is near 60 FPS or in the upper 70s on High.
There is an important caveat for Macs: To execute Fortnite they must have Metal support. Metal is a technology that coordinates tasks between the CPU and the GPU in Macs. Fortnite requires it to run correctly. Metal was introduced to OS X El Capitan. So, if you've updated your Mac's software in the last few years, you should be fine.
In general, every MacBook released in 2015 or later will have Metal. All Air or Pro models had Metal in 2012 and later. iMac models received Metal and Mac Pros in late 2013. If your Mac does not have Metal, Fortnite is not an option until after the upgrade.