Is Fortnite Playable On MacBooks?

If you are not familiar with Fortnite, you have probably been living under a rock for the past few years. It is an online multiplayer shooter that combines the basic elements of survival and battle play. In short, it is a last-man-standing video game. In the past few years, the game became so popular that it is now one of the most widely played action-shooters worldwide. And one of the main reasons that happened is because the game’s developers made it free and accessible on all gaming consoles and platforms. This includes Apple’s Mac devices.

However, it is no secret that MacBooks aren’t exactly the best video game computers in the market. This is because the proprietary macOS system is mostly meant for productivity and business uses. As such, they are less tailored to facilitate high-powered gaming. But that does not mean that you can only use PCs for this purpose, as the general compatibility can vary from game to game. Lucky for us, Fortnite is functional on MacBooks. However, there are still some minimal operating requirements to run the game smoothly on your Mac. But before we dive into that, keep in mind that with gaming you can end up spending hours at a time playing. This can often lead to several health issues such as back pain, neck pain, eye strain, etc. However, by using a laptop angle stand, you can adjust the screen angle of your Mac. This should make it a bit more comfortable for your back, neck, and eyes.

Playable On MacBooks
Is Fortnite Playable On MacBooks?

Fortnite Basic System Requirements For Mac

  • Minimum OS: macOS Sierra
  • Minimum RAM: 4 GB
  • Minim Storage: 70 GB (SSD recommended)

If your Mac meets these minimum game requirements, you should have no problems playing the game on your Mac. You can check these details on the “About This Mac” page. However, if you are looking for a professional and high-performance gaming experience, you need to exceed those basic system requirements. For example, playing video games on a MacBook Pro is more likely to provide a better experience than a MacBook Air. However, luckily almost any Mac device released after 2016 can run the game without any major problems.

Additionally, if you want to ensure that you have the best gaming experience possible, we suggest upgrading your setup using a laptop stand desk. These desks are designed with a sit-to-stand mode, that allows you to adjust the height level easily. In this case, we would suggest Lention’s (VM-SD10) model. It offers a spacious desk made of supreme desktop wood and a sturdy steel frame that can carry up to 33 pounds. This allows you to fit up to two external monitors, and it also comes with a premium gas spring vertical lift for a comfortable and stable gaming set up.

Now that you are aware that your Mac is fully capable of handling Fortnite, you may want to know how to download it to your MacBook. Well, it’s quite simple as all you have to do is head to Epic Games Fortnite page and click on the download section on the home page. From there, you will download the launcher file and follow the steps outlined below to install the game.

  1. Open The Launcher File
  2. Follow the Provided Instructions
  3. Sign Up and Create An Epic Games Account
  4. Click Install and the launcher will automatically download the Fortnite game onto your Mac. 
  5. You will also need to make sure that your internal hard drive has at least 70GB worth of space. 

NB: If you do not have enough available space, you may need to either delete some large files or move them to an external storage device. In such instances, we recommend using a usb c multiport hub. These accessories will expand the number of connectivity ports of your Mac. And provide stable file transfers, which will reduce the risk of file corruption, during the transfer process. If you don’t already own one, then check out Lention’s CB-CS65 model. It is a rather slim, compact but powerful accessory with two USB 3.0 ports and one USB C port that can transfer data at a speed of up to 40Gbps. It also allows a Power Pass-Through of up to 100W for fast charging and most importantly, has an HDMI port that facilitates 4K video streaming. Plus, it comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for those who may need a stable internet connection for gaming.


6. Once the download is complete, open the game and start playing!

Keep Monitoring The Game’s Performance

Once you have established that the game can run on your Mac, you will still need to keep an eye on its overall performance. This means checking to ensure that everything is working smoothly, the game is not crashing, freezing or performing slowly. If you are experiencing some issues, your Mac may not be able to keep up with the game’s processing speeds. In such cases, it may be because your Mac’s system is overwhelmed by a built-up of too many cache and fragmented files from old applications over time. In such cases, you should try going through your system files and clear more space on your hard drive. This should improve the performance. Alternatively, you can always use a professional optimization app like CleanMyMacX to fix this for you.

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