04 Sep Fortnite on iOS runs like a dream. Now use it wisely with these controllers.
Fortnite on iOS runs like a dream, Jeff Ramos – Polygon.
Fortnite Battle Royal is now live on iOS. Invites for the iPhone version of Fortnite have hit the inboxes of some players who signed up to test the game. I just received mine. How does the mobile version stack up against the console and PC version? You may be surprised to find out that it runs great.
Yes, a game that until today demanded the power of consoles and PCs now plays without glaring hiccups on a smartphone. As I tap the on-screen icon that allows me to fly out of Fortnite’s party bus, it is hard to believe this game is running on my iPhone 8 Plus — and running smoothly at that.
Epic Games has done a fantastic job getting the game to perform well on iOS, and managed to keep it relatively small, with a 2 GB download. Despite having certain controls like duck, jump and item selection taking up precious screen real estate, I found the experience to be incredibly intuitive. You slide your left thumb in any given direction to move, and you can either slide it further or double-tap to start running. Turning is handled by swiping your right thumb in either direction. Complicated movements, like quickly spinning around or spotting a target, feel accurate. It isn’t nearly as clunky as I had feared it might be.
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And if you want to use the best accessories to make this game even greater, check out the two best joypad/controller options we have featured, or check out extensive range in our featured mobile gaming accessories section.
Gamevice Controller: $116
It’s like a classic console gaming controller – it seems closest to the Xbox style – that’s been chopped in half, and had the two halves connected by a rubbery, stretchy band that goes round the back of the iPad.
It’s got a terrific, chunky feel and is a pleasure to use. It’s also very easy to put on and take off the iPad, and because you can roll the rubbery centre section over, reasonably portable.
Oh, and if you don’t have the 12.9in iPad Pro, you can also get the Gamevice for 9.7In iPads, the iPad mini, and the iPhone and iPhone Plus.
Logitech Powershell Controller with Battery: $29.99
The Logitech PowerShell Controller and Battery looks like the perfect gaming companion for those of you with an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s, although owners of more recent iPhone models are out of luck.
The controller essentially turns your iPhone into a PS Vita, complete with Xbox-esque button layout, analogue directional pad, and shoulder triggers. It also offers familiar soft rubber texture grips popular with gaming controllers, making it comfortable to use over long periods of time.
The only thing the PowerShell seems to be missing is a pair of analogue sticks, but given that it’s dropped below $30, it’s by far the best-value controller around if the lack of control sticks doesn’t bother you.