Epic Games revealed this week that the most recent update for Fortnite, released last Monday, added “more robust gyro controls” to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Android platforms. To be more specific, they allow players to physically turn their controller or related devices to control things like the camera movement. Those who are already familiar with gyro controls will know that these enable them to twist their device or controller. While the new options are certainly welcome, they’re not quite how most people like to play Fortnite.
You’ll now find additional options in the “Touch and Motion” part of the game’s settings. The first and most important thing you should do is separate them out into the “Combat” and “Construction” categories.
We’ve added new and improved gyro controls along with flick stick on the platforms that support it.
Made in collaboration with input specialist and flick stick creator @JibbSmart, check out the video for all of the details of what’s new!
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Active Mode (Combat)
- Scope Only: Gyro active only when aiming scoped weapons.
- Scope or Aiming: Gyro active when aiming any weapon.
- Scope, Aiming, Harvesting: Gyro active when aiming any weapon or swinging your Harvesting Tool.
- Always: Gyro active whether or not you’re aiming a weapon or swinging your Harvesting Tool.
Active Mode (Building)
- None: Gyro active neither when building or editing.
- Editing: Gyro active when editing but not building.
- Always: Gyro active when either building or editing.
The right stick may also be used in conjunction with the gyro controls to fine-tune a player’s gyro sensitivity so that even the tiniest controller movement does not fling the camera too much.
For those who are more familiar with gyro controls, the new settings also include a “Flick Stick” option that allows you to swiftly snap your camera in many directions using only your right stick. The disadvantage is that because the right stick is no longer utilized for aiming and examining around, you’ll need to be very competent with gyro controls to take advantage of this function.
“We’ve added flick stick to complement the gyro experience!” Epic Games said about the new feature. “Found in the ‘Touch and Motion’ tab as well, turn on flick stick so that when you point the right stick in a certain direction, the camera will quickly flick to face that direction. Since this means you can no longer aim up or down with the right stick, this requires gyro aiming to be enabled.”
The new update has added a number of improved gyro control options to the platforms listed above, allowing you to customize them on those devices.