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In a statement from The Fortnite Team over at Epic Games, it’s been announced that as of Season 10, the PC version of Fortnite will require players to have a graphics card that can support Microsoft DirectX 11.
Over the years, a DirectX 11-capable graphics card has always been advertised as a requirement for Fortnite. However, a backend was built into the game that allowed players with older graphics cards to play too.
Sadly, as of Season 10, this backend will be closed off, and older graphics cards won’t be able to support the game.
Although it’s unlikely that you’re currently using a machine with a graphics card that’s over 10 years old, you might want to still check if your card supports at least DirectX 11. Simply follow the steps below:
- Press the Windows logo key and the R key simultaneously to open Run
- Type dxdiag into Run and press OK or hit the Enter key
- Wait for the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to open
- Navigate to the System page and your version of DirectX should be listed
Seeing as Season 9 is set to end on August 1st, Fortnite Season 10 is due to start somewhere around the start of August.
Of course, seeing as this only affects PC versions of Fortnite, all other versions of Fortnite are completely unaffected by this.
If you are affected by the change but don’t want to or can’t upgrade your graphics card, Fortnite is also available on macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.