When Fortnite first appeared on iPhone, we were quick to laud a
genuine technological achievement — a visually cut-down version of
the full game that was still recognisably Fortnite, that played
the same way, that run the same code and allowed users to buddy up
with their friends running on console and PC. Recently, Epic took
the mobile version of Fortnite to the next level; the latest iOS
devices run the game smoothly at 60 frames per second, just like
their console equivalents — and the story of how that became
possible is absolutely fascinating.
The truth is that aside from minor modifications to unlock the
frame-rate and add the option to the game’s menu system, no
substantial code revamp was required at all. Fortnite on the
latest iPhones runs at 60 frames per second simply by virtue of
the new Apple A12 Bionic silicon - or rather its increased power
and crucially, its superior thermal performance.
An interesting real-world measure of how far ahead of the rest of the industry Apple’s chip team is. How long will it be before Fortnite runs at 60 FPS on high-end Android phones?