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Fortnite Android beta roundup: disappointing, frustrating, Samsung-only • ExtremeTech
Joel Hruska has the roundup:
<p>Samsung and Epic announced that the game would be distributed via an APK and would initially only be available on certain Samsung models. While this is only a beta launch, keeping the device profile restricted so narrowly should have made it simpler for Epic to deliver an early game version with robust performance and graphics. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened here.

According to <a href="">Ars Technica’s</a> Sam Machkovech, limiting itself to just Samsung devices “hasn’t made the game run smoothly in the slightest.” <a href="">Android Central</a> declares “I’ve been playing it almost non-stop from the moment it was made available in the Samsung Galaxy App Store, and this is my early review of the game having played it on a Samsung Galaxy S8” before noting: “Fortnite is fun, but not on Android.” <a href="">Android Police</a> states that the game is currently limited to those owning a Galaxy S7, S8, S9, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, or Tab S4, and that despite this restriction, the game’s frame rate simply cannot hold a steady 30fps, even on a device as new as the Galaxy Note 8+.

Resolution isn’t native — it looks to be barely 480p — and texture quality isn’t great, either. The Android Police author claims his device is stuck on Epic, but I’m not sure that’s true. Rather, it’s true that his device claims to be stuck on “Epic” quality, but it’s not clear that level of image quality is actually being applied. According to Ars, low quality (which is what this looks like): “drops the resolution to somewhere around 480p, removes all traces of anti-aliasing, drops texture resolution, simplifies all in-game geometry, and removes all shadows.”

Meanwhile, certain decisions the game makes have drawn scorn from almost everyone. By default, the game has aim assist enabled and recommends using Auto Shoot, which means you’ll basically be letting Bixby play the game for you. That might be for the best, however, since the game apparently isn’t all that much fun in the first place, thanks to the constant performance drops.</p>

Sounds like there's a problem for Android, rather than Samsung. Also recommended, if you need to educate someone about Fortnight: <a href="">this BBC Radio 4 programme</a> about it, which aired on Wednesday.
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2 days ago by charlesarthur
How Epic Games keeps Fortnite online for millions of players | WIRED UK
Fortnite has hit 125 million players – peaking at 3.2 million concurrent gamers. Keeping it online requires some serious web infrastructure
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5 days ago by jorgebarba
Anatomy of a tabloid Fortnite front page story
Interesting writeup of how the UK tabloids concoct their scare stories, rustling up "victims" and paying them and their agents fees of thousands of pounds
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7 days ago by jm
Rumours that I like to throw themed parties are completely FAKE NEWS. 💖🎉🎈
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