The storm has only become denser and denser over recent Fortnite seasons, leading to extremely low visibility – unless players choose to use Performance Mode.
One problem has remained in the game from Season 5, however. The visibility of players inside the storm only seems to get worse, which is causing some fans to grow frustrated.
The darker storm tones of earlier Fortnite seasons have changed to a purple, foggy mess. You can barely see a few feet in front of you while running to the next storm circle, which is a massive downgrade from what we had just a few seasons ago.
This wouldn’t be as much of a problem if everyone was on the same playing field. Unfortunately, players who choose to use Performance Mode have a distinct advantage. Performance Mode completely removed the storm visibility issues – to the point where you can barely tell that you’re in the storm.
Reddit user u/EzBugatti99 posted a side-by-side comparison of Fortnite storm visibility with and without Performance Mode enabled. The difference is too massive to ignore.
Performance Mode is great for Fortnite players on lower-end PCs. You can choose to sacrifice some visual effects to achieve higher frame rates. Even some competitive players on high-end PCs are using it to boost their performance.
On the other hand, Epic likely never wanted Performance Mode to be necessary for anyone who wants to compete. Players who still want to experience Fortnite in high-detail won’t be on the same playing field as those who choose to use Performance mode. This isn’t even considering console players who don’t have the option to choose Performance Mode.
An Epic employee replied to this Reddit thread, saying, “We can discuss this with the team.” The discrepancy is on their radar, but this doesn’t seem like a huge priority for them.
We’ll update you if and when Epic decide to make a change on this front, but we don’t anticipate a fix coming anytime soon. Until then, make sure to enable Performance Mode if you want to compete at the highest levels in Fortnite.
Image Credit: Epic Games, u/EzBugatti99