What is a good refresh rate for Fortnite?
One detail players should be able to control no matter their platform of choice is their refresh rate — barring they have the right type of monitor, of course. Here's a breakdown of what a good refresh rate is for Fortnite.
What is a Good Refresh Rate for Fortnite?
First and foremost, we should cover what refresh rates affect when playing, as well as what the common values are for them.
Essentially, your display's refresh rate affects how smooth animations appear. This is especially important in competitive shooter games such as Fortnite considering that most "try-hard" players are running the game at 120+ frames per second (FPS), and thus can see the most subtle changes (e.g. where an enemy is) faster than those on more casual setups.
This is why in competitive gaming, it is almost a requirement to play on a monitor rather than a TV. There are much more monitors widely available that support refresh rates higher than the standard 60Hz, which is pretty much all you need when watching movies or playing single-player games.
Most players you face will likely be using 60Hz, intentional or not, as it is the cheapest and most common value that monitors and TVs use. For those on next-gen consoles, or budget to mid-tier PC rigs, the optimal step up is 144Hz monitors. For those with money blow (e.g. content creators), however, there are 240 and even 360 Hz options.
The bottom line is the higher you can go the better. 144Hz is usually good enough for competitive gaming, and once you start playing at a higher refresh rate, going back to 60Hz is night and day. However, it doesn't necessarily make you a better player, of course.
As such, in order to play at a refresh rate above 60Hz, players on both console and PC will need to make sure that their display is capable of outputting more than that (e.g. a 144Hz monitor).
Even if your PS5, Xbox Series X|S or PC is capable of churning out 120 FPS, if your display is locked at lower than 120Hz, there will be no noticeable difference.
Once players have the right monitor and gaming rig, and have the proper refresh rate settings on each, you should be good to go.
For more on Fortnite, feel free to check out our guides on how to complete all of the Chapter 3 Season 1 challenges, and where to find the Spider-Man Mythic Web-Shooters.