Fortnite can attribute a number of things to its incredible popularity. The timing of its foray into the battle royale arena is a big one, and the number of updates its developers roll out and the tweaks it makes to the game also play a large part. The basic premise of Fortnite might be 100 people landing on an island and eliminating each other, but Epic's unique ideas mean that it has become so much more than that.
The other reason it feels as if everyone is playing Fortnite is that everyone can play Fortnite. The game is available across pretty much every platform imaginable, including PC, mobile, and every major home console. However you may game, you're able to drop into Tilted Towers and die immediately - for free!
That might be about to change for some PC users, though.
Fortnite revealed on Twitter that when Season 10 begins, PC users without a graphics card capable of running Microsoft DirectX 11 will be left behind. That might be a little confusing to some of you who have gone through Fortnite's system requirements with a fine-tooth comb. Those requirements have always stated that DirectX 11 was needed to play Fortnite. However, Epic has let that slide for the first nine seasons.
After Season 10 launches, you’ll need a graphics card that meets the minimum requirements in order to play Fortnite on PC. For more details, check out our blog post:https://t.co/jv2181HFvT— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 21, 2019
Time's up now, though, and Epic's reasoning for making this change is to "further optimize the Fortnite experience for all players." So how do you know if you have a good enough graphics card for Fortnite or not? Well, chances are you do. According to Polygon, "Any Nvidia graphics card released since the GeForce GTS 450 will be just fine to run DirectX 11." The GTS 450 was first released in 2010.
Those of you with AMD cards should be even safer. The Radeon HD 5450 will work with DirectX 11 and was released all the way back in 2009. Fortnite fans wouldn't be Fortnite fans if they didn't complain at least a little bit, though. Most of the comments replying to the tweet above are complaints, with some players claiming they'll be leaving the game in the past.
You can't please them all.