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DirectX 12 Is Coming to Fortnite

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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DirectX 12 is coming to Fortnite, according to a blog post from Epic.

As it stands, Fortnite currently runs on DX11, but soon we’ll have the option of utilizing DX 12 when v11.20 drops. The reasoning provided for this move is better performance,

“By using DX12, PC players with high-end GPUs may experience a higher and steadier frame rate. This is because DX12 delivers better CPU performance and allows for the distribution of rendering jobs across multiple cores.”

Epic also makes mention of using DX 12-only features in the future, opening the door to ray tracing which is currently part of Microsoft’s DXR framework and requires DX 12,

“In the future, we plan on adding features to Fortnite that are made possible by DX12. Allowing players to opt into DX12 before these features are added will give us valuable information in our development efforts and help us shake out any bugs. “


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.