The verdict on the Switch port so far: It plays well and there's little to complain about. And that may actually be something to complain about! The graphics seem a little less crisp than what we've seen on the PS4, Xbox One and PC -- likely thanks to the Switch's relative lack of graphical horsepower. The gameplay remains smooth, and the draw distance is far greater than what iOS players have become accustomed to.
Actually getting into a game of Fortnite is relatively seamless. Either create a new account or use your preexisting Fortnite account and boom, you're ready to begin. No need to jump over hurdles or use friend codes like we've become accustomed to in other online titles on Nintendo hardware.
In a big surprise, developer Epic Games will add headset support to Fortnite on the Switch Thursday morning. Previously, voice communication on the Switch had required the use of a separate mobile app, which was about as onerous as you'd imagine. But Epic wasn't able to solve the problem of comprehensive cross-play; Fortnite players on PS4 .
But when playing Fortnite on the Switch, one obvious thing sticks out. The motion-sensing Joy-Con controllers, which have beenand Splatoon 2, are ignored by Fortnite. Having a new way to aim using the right Joy-Con, instead of using its lackluster analog stick, would have put an interesting spin on the Fortnite gameplay we're all familiar with. It wouldn't match what a mouse and keyboard can do, but the Joy-Con has proven itself to be an accurate aiming device in the right developers' hands. There's potential for a patch somewhere down the line, but at launch, it feels like an obvious oversight.
All that said, Switch fans will likely be happy to seeon their console, and it's the best mobile version of Fortnite by default. Sorry, iOS players.
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