During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura was shocked to find that he’d racked up $5,000 in roaming charges playing Pokemon Go in between his competitions. He isn’t the first gamer to be surprised by a costly phone bill at the end of the month. Anyone with a data limit is at least a little paranoid that they’ll end up like Uchimura.
If you play Fortnite on your phone or on an installed broadband connection, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your data use. Even if you don’t have a data limit, you’ll want to make sure you qualify as a “normal user” under your carrier’s Fair Usage Policy. This typically means using 50 GB of data or less per month.
Whatever data limit you’re trying to stay under, here’s how much Fortnite uses:
Fortnite gameplay uses 12+ MB per game
On Epic Games forums, gamers report using anywhere between 45 and 100 MB per hour playing Fortnite. That means a typical 15-minute game uses between 12 and 24 MB of mobile data. That isn’t bad. Since there are about 1,000 MB per GB, you’d need to play between 40 and 85 games of Fortnite to use just 1 GB of mobile data.
Different users report different usage statistics because the data you use during gameplay depends heavily on your game settings. To find out exactly how much your gameplay costs you, monitor your data usage with your carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile) during gameplay or use a free traffic monitoring application like Netlimiter to track bandwidth usage.
What if you monitor your bandwidth usage, just to find out you’re on the fast track to an overage charge? Reduce your usage quickly by adjusting your game settings. Basically, whatever settings make the game run faster also use less data. This means lower resolution, lower frame rate limit, shorter view distance, lower texture, and lower effects.
Fortnite download uses up to 20 GB
While it’s hard to use a lot of data playing Fortnite (it takes a serious time commitment), it isn’t hard to use a lot of data downloading the game onto your phone, computer, or game console. The PC download for Battle Royale, for example, hovers dangerously close to 20 GB. The iOS download for that version, too, is a hefty 2 GB.
The download sizes for each gaming platform also increase often, since Epic Games releases so many patches for Fortnite. To keep track of the constantly changing download sizes, we suggest turning to relevant Epic Games forum topics. To minimize the impact of the game download on portable devices, we suggest connecting to public WiFi (in, for example, a library) before downloading.
Patches and updates are often 1+ GB each
Epic Games releases a lot of patches and updates for Fortnite, many of which have a download size of more than 1 GB. These patches and updates can really take a toll on your mobile data. To minimize the impact of these patches on portable devices, we suggest connecting to public WiFi before downloading them.
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