Daniel Mills / Apr 26
Fortnite is one of the funnest games released in years. Regardless of the system you play it on, we can all acknowledge the game is ridiculously fun and entertaining, right? So we all have that common ground, no matter what side you’re on. The War of PC vs. Console will rage on for years and years. With countless fans screaming the specs of their systems until the end of time. But at the end of the day, it’s about the user’s experience.
Some players love trial by fire. Mastering their skills against the toughest players around. Using the most efficient technology and peripherals to become the quickest draw this side of the Salty Springs. Other players like to use their home system. A non-expensive, controller-friendly environment that matches them with consistent players they’re familiar with. Building themselves into solid and formidable players by learning to play every aspect of the game.
If you have the ability to choose between different systems, you can have a legitimately different experience. That doesn’t necessarily mean either side is better… we’ll get to that. To figure out what is the best system on which to play Fortnite, you first have to break down how you’re approaching the game. First, let’s discuss beginners.
Starting your first match of Battle Royale can be filled with all kinds of surprises. Chances are, you won’t cross anyone until they snipe you from 100 meters away. Or, you mistakenly land in Tilted Towers without realizing you’re surrounded by about 15 other players all going for the same rooftops. It’s a literal madhouse. However, that madhouse can be the most fun and exciting part of the game. A race to the first guns against some of the most competitive players around. So when talking about the best way to start the game, you really need to talk about the level of difficulty.
PC players are going to have a harder learning curve thanks to a number of obstacles. While building is easier in the long run, it’s much harder to figure out at first than simply toggling through the build options with one button. Keybinding will make using the keyboard and mouse much easier. Not to mention, making your character that much deadlier. The mouse is also an undeniable asset. But if you don’t have a state of the art system, are you going to be continuously murdered by players that do?
Yes, many veteran gamers have great PC’s. With Fortnite, that’s not such a big deal. With low demands you don’t need an expensive system to play the game just as well as everyone else. But know that you’re facing the most hardcore community of gamers out there. The matches are going to be brutal. You’re teammates are going to be unforgiving. If you want the most challenge and competition, PC is where you’re headed. As much as the joysticks and mouse argument is fun to have, auto-tracking just doesn’t compensate enough for the deadly accuracy of the mouse.
Without realizing it, you might not be experiencing as much of the game as you like. Console or computer might not have anything to do with that though. Most players will end up learning by watching, as it should be. But because PC games can be so relentless, you might not get to see as much of the game if you played on Console. That isn’t a cop out to justify slower controller playing, it’s a genuine point about the fact that Fortnite isn’t just a shooting game. But a lot of the time you’ll get shot down by players who treat it like one.
If you’ve got more time on your hands, you’ve got more time to build. Players will be baffled at just how quickly veterans on either system can build complex towers and camps, while some of us struggle to get a wall up. Don’t even get me started on trying to Edit a door in there. However, some players are worthy of being the best of the best. Once again, if you’re looking for the more competitive experience, you’re looking for PC.
On the other hand, Console players have it a little easier. The button layout is simple and the controls are crisp. A perfect blend of building and 3rd Person Shooting. Players are always going to be nitpicky about those minors details. When it comes to gamers, if there’s something to complain about chances are it’s going to be complained about. The communities on both systems pretty much only vary in terms of skill level and minor graphics differences. But those differences are very minor in the long run. It’s about the controls you’re playing with and who you’re playing against.
So if you’re new to the game, or just not very good, you’ll genuinely have a better time taking it slower on console.
In the end, the conversation has to include the comparison of the keyboard and mouse to a controller. The fluidity and comfort of a controller is obvious. Both the PS4 and Xbox One controller designs have been honed to perfection. Players will be just as surprised at how quickly Console players will build anything right before their eyes. Auto-tracking helps the joysticks or dual-shock controller to feel almost as accurate as a mouse. But that almost is the key word.
The mouse is the most accurate way to play a video game. That’s indisputable. Aiming and shooting with a controller requires a blend of thumbs and trigger fingers. The keyboard requires a simple, fluid motion of the hand and a slight twitch of the finger. That’s it. At the end of the day, having a great mouse and keyboard is going to making gaming a breeze. But don’t forget they’re going to cost as much as the entire console on the other side of the argument.
The experience of playing Fortnite: Battle Royale is one of the most entertaining in modern gaming thanks to the core gameplay. That doesn’t change from system to system. If you have the ability to choose your experience then it comes down to the device you want to hold and the community you want to play against.
However you decide to play Fortnite, you’re going to have one helluva time.