Game Fortnite on both a high-end gaming PC and the Xbox One X, but I was surprised at how well it runs on my iPhone X. I installed the invitation-only application Fortnite application for iOS on an iPhone X and iPad Pro last night, and I've been playing with them to get a better idea of the mobile experience. The great competitor of Fortnite Battleunksown Battlegrounds (PUBG) will also soon arrive to iOS and Android, along with the survival game Steam Ark marking a new trend of the great games of PC that arrive in the mobile.
Fortnite runs smoothly on the iPhone X, with just framerate crashes. Unlike its main rival, PUBG Epic Games Fortnite is highly optimized on other platforms, so it should come as no surprise that it works well on mobile devices. Still, running a PC or a console game on a small phone is very impressive. They are around 2GB, which is a reasonable download size for this type of games for mobile devices, and the cartoon-like graphics clearly help Fortnite work well on mobile devices and adapt to the smaller screen of a iPhone or iPad.  The only warning about the performance I would give here is that I'm running it on the latest iPhone X hardware. I've seen some reports that older devices do not handle the game so well, and my iPad Pro with an A9X processor It did not work as well as my iPhone X. Those problems could be solved by when Fortnite is available for all iOS and Android players.
The controls are obviously the most important aspect of playing Fortnite on an iPhone; replacing a gamepad or mouse and keyboard with a touch screen is usually a recipe for disaster. The game is adapted by placing virtual buttons on the screen to dodge, jump and select elements or build. There is also a joystick for navigation, but you can mostly slide your left thumb to move and use your right thumb to aim. The controls are a bit clumsy at first, especially for aiming or building, and I've found myself walking backwards a lot to avoid obstacles. That said, they work much better on an iPad with the bigger screen. You can also touch the joystick twice to automatically run and control the direction with your right thumb.
Aiming is a bit awkward thanks to a new aim button that comes up when guns are used like sniper rifles. This is where it becomes particularly difficult to aim at moving players, especially without the speed or maneuverability of a mouse or controller. That's fine if you're playing against other mobile players, but it could be a problem once the cross-game is enabled for mobile players to take away the console or PC players. Cross-match pairing will come at some point in the future, but aiming from a distance will be difficult on the mobile in any way.
Controls aside, it's amazing how similar this game is to the PC or the console versions. It's the same Battle Royale mode, that's all you get in the mobile version right now, where 100 players fight to the death on a map that contracts over time. However, there are some subtle differences along with the obvious control changes. Fortnite on iOS includes visual indicators for nearby shots and footsteps of enemies. This is particularly useful if you are playing without headphones and do not want to shoot the sound of shots at your fellow travelers in the morning. A white indicator on the screen appears when you approach another player, and a red version shows the direction of the shots.
All these changes make the game fun to play on your mobile, instead of giving you the feeling of running around. Endlessly in a great eye of the storm looking for other players while your thumbs weaken. There is still no support for drivers, but Epic Games has hinted that this will come in the future. Although I would like a version of Nintendo Switch.
Despite having a later start, Fortnite is growing enormously in popularity, becoming a true competitor of PUBG . Epic Games has managed to optimize its gaming engine very well on all platforms, which is helping the company to move to the mobile quickly. Fortnite is also free and available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and now for mobile devices, while PUBG is limited to PC and Xbox One in the west at this time, with a mobile version in China and it will reach another place.
Once this new mobile version of Fortnite is available to everyone, we will surely see funny images of phone players defeating PC opponents. It feels like this, along with the mobile PUBG could be turning points for the future of mobile games. If it's successful, maybe we'll even see Drake enter Twitch from his phone to break some more records.