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How To Boost FPS and Reduce Input Lag in Fortnite

How To Boost FPS and Reduce Input Lag in Fortnite

One of the most common questions I get is how I can optimize FPS in fortnite, eliminate any stutters, and fix the low FPS issues in endgames. This is why I’ve decided to make this tutorial on how exactly you can optimize your Windows along with Fortnite in order to get the most stability and FPS out of the hardware you currently have.

None of my methods include any sensitive changes like registry edits, so there’s no chance that any of the below listed optimizations will break something in Windows / Fortnite. Enough talk, let’s get to it!

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Step 1: Disable Fullscreen Optimization

Windows has a feature called fullscreen optimization, when it comes to gaming, it will actually force V-Sync on the application. If you’ve been messing with settings for some time now, you know that V-Sync is terrible because it adds tons of input lag. By disabling fullscreen optimization, you also disable the V-Sync that Windows 10 for some reason loves to force on any application.

To disable fullscreen optimization for fortnite, navigate to the Fortnite folder, and find the Windows Shipping Client. For me it was in FortniteGame -> Binaries -> Win64

Right click on the FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping icon and click compatibility. There you will have an option to disable fullscreen optimization. I also recommend selecting the checkbox to run the program as administrator, and override the high DPI settings.

Step 2: Turn off unnecessary background applications

By default, Windows has tons of bloatware that runs in the background. Most of these applications you will never use, so why let them collect data and use up your CPU resources when they aren’t even needed?

To manage and turn off background applications, type in settings in the search bar, scroll down to Background Apps, and go through the list of applications turning off whichever ones you don’t need.

NOTE: Make sure to leave your graphics drivers and audio drivers enabled, along with Windows security. You don’t want to turn off these apps as they are essential to keep your system running smoothly.

Step 3: Ultimate Performance Plan

By default, a clean windows installation will default to the Balanced power plan. Meaning your system is not running to it’s full potential. Via the command line, you can enable an ultimate performance plan which will ensure that Windows isn’t bottlenecking any processes.

To enable Ultimate Performance plan, start CMD as administrator by typing in CMD in the search bar. Then, go ahead and copy paste the following command:

powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

Once you’ve done that, type in Power in the search bar, click Power and Sleep settings, click additional settings and you should now have an option to ernable the ultimate performance plan.

Step 4: Graphics Settings

To make sure Fortnite is running with the highest performance in mind, make sure to set your AMD / NVIDIA graphics settings to the highest performance options. If you are an NVIDIA user, simply add the Fortnite Shipping client as a program, and when you hover over each option, you will be provided with a prompt telling you which option is best if you want the highest performance available.

Step 5: Optimizing Epic Game Launcher

Many people overlook the Epic launcher when optimizing their Fortnite game. The launcher can eat up quite a bit of CPU / GPU power if left running in the background. As such, it’s important to make sure the “Minimize to System Tray” setting is checked off. This means when you hit X on the launcher, it will actually shut down rather than minimizing to the system tray and still run in the background.

While many don’t know, you don’t need the launcher to be running after you’ve launched Fortnite. It’s a good idea to exit it completely once Fortnite has been launched.

Step 6: Fortnite Settings

When it comes to the graphics settings in Fortnite itself, there’s nothing much to say other than setting it all to low if you want the highest performance.

One thing many people overlook is the setting regarding saving Replays. If you have Replays enabled, that will add a 5-10% FPS overhead to your game, as the game has to record your replays in real time. If you disable replays you will notice an improvement in overall FPS.

Step 7: Close CPU Heavy Applications

It’s always a good idea to take a look at your task manager and sort the applications by CPU usage. Close any applications you don’t need, especially any game launchers. Some applications like Discord, Skype, Steam, Razer Synapse, and others will eat up CPU resources which could easily be used to increase your FPS in Fortnite.

Step 8: Discord Settings

Many people have Discord running in the background, while that is fine in and of itself, many have hardware acceleration turned on. What this means is Discord will use up GPU resources when they’re not even needed. It’s a good idea to turn off hardware acceleration for Discord and Chrome if you often have them running in the background.

Hardware acceleration is only good for Discord if you actually stream on there to your friends / server.

Step 9: Windows Graphics Settings

Did you know you can actually set a preference in Windows 10 for any application. If you navigate to Graphics Settings, you will have an option to set specific options for Fortnite. Go ahead and select the Fortnite Shipping client and make sure the preference is set to high performance. You won’t believe how often Windows will be using the onboard graphics rather than your powerful expensive graphics card.

Step 10: If all else fails use DDU

If you are still getting stutters and low FPS, then consider using DDU to completely remove any graphics drivers and install updated ones on a fresh slate. DDU is faster than reinstalling Windows which can take hours.

Moreover, if you’ve had your system for a few years, chances are there are some old leftover drivers that are causing you issues. I run DDU once every few months to ensure my graphics drivers are stable and up to date.

BONUS: Disable High Precision Event Timer

I didn’t know about this setting until recently, but Windows has an event timer that essentially decides which application has priority. From my experience, it’s a good idea to turn it off because it can add input lag during those intense build fights. What ends up happening is Windows assigns top priority to your render queues, but assigns low priority to your input queue. This ends up causing input lag stutters that are extremely hard to replicate but ones you can definitely feel. Once I’ve disable the high precision event timer my game felt much snappier and stable.

To disable Windows High precision event timer, go to device manager and find the device under System devices, simply right click and disable it. If for some reason you start getting issues with your system, feel free to re-enable it to see if that’s really the issue.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you guys in optimizing your Windows and Fortnite application to achieve the highest FPS your hardware can handle. Again, none of these settings should break your windows as we aren’t modifying registry keys.

If you want to check out more content about windows settings, benchmarks, and more, make sure to visit my youtube channel.

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Insane! Science Backed Method To Train Your Mouse Aim For FPS Games

Insane! Science Backed Method To Train Your Mouse Aim For FPS Games

If you are looking to improve your aim for your favorite competitive FPS title, chances are you’ve done your research about aim trainers, sensitivities, mice, input lag, and all the exciting ways to optimize your setup for that competitive edge.

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been pretty obsessed myself with improving my skill in games like Fortnite, Valorant and Diabotical to name a few. All my questions about improving aim as a motor skill led me to the very beginning: How does our brain learn and improve a motor skill?

Little did I know, there’s ample research out there about the way our brains absorb new information, save it as a memory, and later on reconsolidate that memory which can make it stronger or weaker. Where am I getting this information you may ask?

A John Hopkins Department of Neuroscience study titled: “Motor Skills Are Strengthened through Reconsolidation” You can read the full study, but I’m warning you it’s quite a long read that contains extremely detailed information.

To summarize the study, two groups of participants controlled a mouse cursor with a specially designed mouse that required pinch force to move the cursor. The idea was to present a skill that nobody had prior experience with. The two groups were given equal time to learn the skill in the form of clicking targets on the screen, much like you would do with an aim trainer like Kovaak’s.

While the control group trained with the exact same “pinch sensitivity” every day. One of the groups, had their sensitivity slightly adjusted from one trial to the next, all without them knowing.

“The sensorimotor mapping slightly changed from one trial to the next. Because of this, participants needed to rapidly adjust their motor plan in order to achieve the same task goal”

The study found that the group who had their sensitivity altered actually improved more than the group that trained on the same sensitivity the whole time.

“We found that when participants were unknowingly exposed to an intervention that increased sensorimotor variability after they retrieved a consolidated memory, that their performance on the previously learned skill was strengthened when tested the next day. Participants that practiced the same skill multiple times failed to show a similar increase.

These results are consistent with the hypothesis that reconsolidation mediates memory updating to maintain relevance”

The takeaway from this insanely valuable study is that in order for skills to improve, we have to update our existing knowledge of that skill (which is stored as a memory) with new information aka Reconsolidation.

If you think about applying this information to aim training, if you always train on the same sensitivity your brain doesn’t have to “update” your existing knowledge of how much to move your arm / wrist to hit the targets. Your memory of that skill gets reactivated but without a sufficient mismatch between what you’ve learned and what is required, your brain won’t Reconsolidate or update that skill.

The goal is to force our brain to Reconsolidate our already learned aim training with new information, which in turn will strengthen our original skill.

As I was reading this study, an idea popped into my head…

Since the group whose sensitivity was altered unknowingly during different sessions showed better improvement, I’ve decided to train with dynamic sensitivity that will change every once in awhile without me knowing.

After all, if I’m doing a Kovaak’s scenario and my sensitivity changes mid aim, that will definitely throw my original memory of aim training off guard. I’ve decided to try that style of aiming and let me tell you… after plateauing on my Kovaak’s scores, I’ve hit new high scores after only a day of using this new technique!

Little did I know that a similar method of aim training has already been proposed, and there is even a program called Whisper’s Sensitivity Randomizer which will randomize your DPI in defined intervals. While I personally haven’t tried Whisper’s Sensitivity Randomizer, it accomplishes the same task of forcing you to adapt your aim to a dynamic DPI.

The way I set it up was, I created a macro that changes your mouse DPI settings up and down in various intervals. This will make it so that I can’t predict when the sensitivity change will occur.

You can set up a macro using your mouse software, but if for some reason you are having trouble there are plenty of macro programs out there. In my case, I have the Logitech G Pro Wireless, so I was able to set up a simple macro in G Hub.

logitech g hub dpi macro

logitech g hub dpi macro

As you can see, this is a continuous macro that I can toggle on or off. When toggled on it will continue to run in a loop until I toggle it off.

In my case, when I toggle the macro, it will instantly set my DPI to the next higher setting, wait 10 seconds, then bring it back down to the original setting, then wait 10 more seconds, rinse and repeat.

Essentially my DPI changes between 2 settings every 10 seconds, in my case it changes between 800 and 1200 DPI. While I do sometimes expect the DPI shift, the constant changing sensitivity really throws me off guard even doing simple click timing scenarios. Obviously, your scores will be lower with this dynamic DPI but I believe this variation is enough to create a mismatch between how you are used to aiming, triggering memory Reconsolidation which ultimately helps improve your skill.

In my case the change between 800 and 1200 DPI is quite extreme, I would suggest sticking with a 100-150 DPI increase which will be hardly noticeable but will still create enough of a disruption to keep your brain on edge.

If you’re still not convinced, check out this write up by Krascsi which detailed his experience with plateaus when it comes to aiming and how changing your sensitivity can help overcome it.

I will leave you with this closing statement from the Hopkins study:

“Our results show that reconsolidation provides a crucial mechanism for the strengthening of an existing motor skill. Increased sensorimotor variability after skill retrieval promotes additional learning changes that are absent following the simple continuation of practice”

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