Epic Games has just released the latest update to the Fortnite Battle Royale game in the v19.30 patch notes. This patch could be a huge game-changer for many controller players.
Fortnite update v19.30 introduces new and improved gyro controls! Also, the initial mode selection screen (which appeared on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC) has been removed, meaning you’ll now load directly into the Lobby. Here are all the details:
Gyro and Flick Stick: More Controller Options
Made in collaboration with input specialist and flick stick creator Julian “Jibb” Smart, Epic added optional gyro controls to Fortnite on gyro-supported platforms. And flick stick too!
Fortnite Gyro Controls
Fortnite on Nintendo Switch and Android had gyro-based motion controls before the release of v19.30, but this update brings more robust gyro controls to Fortnite on these two platforms plus PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
With gyro controls, you control the camera by turning the controller. Enable or disable gyro controls in Fortnite by going to the “Touch and Motion” tab of the settings. Gyro controls can offer more precision than standard stick aiming – but don’t have to replace it entirely. (With flick stick, for example, pointing the right stick moves the camera quickly in its direction.) For more info on gyro, watch Jibb’s video below:
Game Mode Select Screen Removed
With v19.30, Epic removed the initial game screen (which appeared on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC) where players would select either Save the World, Battle Royale, or Creative. You’ll now boot up directly into the Lobby, ready to join the party and explore Fortnite!
What does this mean for Save the World and Creative? You can now find both modes via the “Discover” screen, accessible by clicking on the “CHANGE” button above “PLAY!”
SAVE THE WORLD
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND SAVE THE WORLD IN DISCOVER?
A: Save the World can now be found in the “By Epic” row of the Discover screen, alongside options like Squads, Impostors, the Creative Hub, and Battle Lab. If you’ve played Save the World recently, the mode will also appear in the “Recently Played” section of the “My Library” tab. You can additionally favorite it for easy access. (Favorites show up in the “My Favorites” section of “My Library.”)
Q: CAN I PURCHASE SAVE THE WORLD IN DISCOVER?
A: Yes! To begin the purchase process, select the Save the World tile in the Discover menu. From there, it will lead you to the store where you can purchase the latest Save the World Starter Pack that will grant you access to Save the World.
Q: Where can I find the Creative Hub in Discover?
A: The Creative playlist (which leads to the Creative Hub) can now be found in the Discover menu in the “By Epic” row. It can also be found in the “Recently Played” section if applicable and your “My Favorites” section if you choose to add it there for easier access.
- Removed Armored Walls from Supply Drop loot in competitive playlists.
MAJOR BUG FIXES
- Fixed an issue involving some players only having two Tent slots available, as opposed to the intended three.
- Fixed an issue on mobile involving build pieces not being placed after players double-tapped the associated icon.
- Fixed an issue — occurring in competitive playlists only — involving Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters dropping from eliminated players with the full 20 uses even if they didn’t have the full 20 before the player was eliminated.