Fortnite was recently a part of the PS5 showcase and it will receive better graphics on next-gen. However, for PC players who don’t want to wait for the PS5 or even a buy one, there is good news in that improved graphics have arrived via ray tracing. Some people are asking what is ray tracing in Fortnite, and here you’ll discover the system requirements and how to turn the feature on.

Epic Games’ current season of Fortnite is a crossover with Marvel and week four challenges have arrived. This requires you to launch Sentinel hands without touching the floor, and it also asks you to hack robots at Stark Industries.

But, if you’re on PC and you’d prefer to do this with improved visuals, below you’ll discover what ray tracing is, and you’ll also find the system requirements for turning it on.

What is ray tracing in Fortnite?

Ray tracing in Fortnite is a visual enhancement which includes superior lighting effects.

Through Epic Games’ update, ray tracing allows for improved ambient occlusion, shadows, reflections, and real-time global illumination in Fortnite.

Per Nvidia’s blog, all of the aforementioned features provide more realistic and beautiful visual enhancements that dramatically change the game.

As well as all of the improvements mentioned above, Epic Games also say that Nvidia’s DLSS boosts performance so players can enjoy the ray tracing at higher frame rates.

There are three DLSS options named Quality, Balanced, and Performance, and these allow players to choose the right balance between quality and frames per second.

However, players have been struggling with the FPS.

How to turn ray tracing on in Fortnite

Below you’ll find the system requirements for turning ray tracing on in Fortnite:

Minimum system requirement:

  • DirectX 12
  • CPU: 4 cores or more
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
  • Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

Recommended system requirements:

  • DirectX 12
  • CPU: 8 cores or more
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
  • Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

Provided your system requirements (via Epic Games) are fine, you then need to install the Windows 10 May 2020 (or later) update, as well as install the v455 Driver.

Once you’ve done that, open the Fortnite Settings menu, proceed to Advanced, and change the DirectX Version to DirectX 12.

There you can also change between the three DLSS options as well as enable individual ray tracing for the likes of shadows, reflections, global illumination etc.

You can also enjoy a ray tracing Creative map made by Nvidia. The Island code is: 9189-0518-5408.

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