Fortnite Mobile Can Now Be Played at 60fps on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR


Following the announcement of Fortnite Team Rumble LTM via the Fortnite 6.31 update, it appears that Fortnite Mobile gets an upgrade as well. Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite Mobile on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR now runs at 60fps. What this means is, if you play Fortnite Mobile on iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR, you will have the highest possible frame rate Fortnite has to offer on mobile devices. While this performance upgrade did not make it into the Fortnite 6.31 update patch notes, Epic Games employees took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Not sure why it didn’t make it in to today’s patch notes, but if you play Fortnite on an iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, you can now play at 60fps,” tweeted Epic’s Nick Chester. “That’s an impressive technical achievement by the team and it looks great! Turn it on in the options.”

Naturally some wondered why recent devices like the iPhone X hasn’t got the 60fps option. Chester didn’t quite rule it out.

“Performance is constrained by hardware, and the devices listed and more powerful than the X,” he tweeted. “That said, the team is always looking at ways to get better performance on all devices all of the time!”

It will be interesting to see if Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 get the option too in addition to gaming-branded phones like the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone. For now though, it appears that iOS users have an advantage in terms of performance compared to those on Google’s OS.

Earlier in the day, Fortnite’s 6.31 update was made available. Fortnite 6.31 adds a new limited time mode (LTM) called Team Rumble. The Fortnite Team Rumble LTM adds respawns to the game with teams of 20 competing for a victory royale. In Fortnite Team Rumble LTM, the first team to get 100 kills wins. And this is not all. Fortnite Mobile gets a map marker button added to the HUD layout tool, making it easier to find and get to points on the map.


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Xiaomi Mi A2 Gets August Android Security Patch, 60fps Video Recording via Update


Xiaomi Mi A2 has received a software update that brings the August Android security patch as well as upgrades the rear camera with the ability to record full-HD (1080p) videos at 60fps frame rate. The latest update notably comes just ahead of the availability of the Mi A2 in India. The smartphone that was launched in the country last week with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 will go on sale for the first time on Thursday. Prior to the update, the Mi A2 was supporting full-HD video recording at 30fps. The handset also includes electronic image stabilisation (EIS) to reduce blurs and compensate for device shake during video recording.

The first noticeable change that the latest software update brings to the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the arrival of the August Android security patch. The security patch level that the update includes is the August 5 one that originally arrived on the Pixel handsets earlier this month. Further, the security patch is likely to address various behind-the-scene vulnerabilities and security loopholes.

In addition to the August Android security patch, the Mi A2 update brings support for 60fps frame rate while recording videos on full-HD (1080p) resolution. This means you can now capture more frames in a full-HD video being recorded through the Mi A2. As we mentioned, the handset was previously offering only the 30fps frame rate option for recording full-HD videos. The Mi A2 importantly sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor along with an f/1.75 aperture and a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor along with a 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech and an f/1.75 aperture.

The latest Mi A2 software update comes in 380MB of size and has build number OPM1.171019.011.V9.6.10.0.ODIMIFE.xiaomi mi a2 update gadgets 360 Xiaomi Mi A2

While Xiaomi is rolling out the update to all Mi A2 units in phases, you can manually check its availability on your device. You just need to go to Settings > System updates > Check for Updates to check for the new update.

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It is worth pointing out that the latest update for the Mi A2 comes just ahead of its formal arrival in India. The handset was launched last week and is set to go on sale through Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home, and Mi Preferred Partner Store starting 12 noon on Thursday. It comes with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration and is available in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options.

 



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Forza Horizon 4 on Xbox One X Cannot Run in 4K at 60fps: Microsoft


During the Microsoft Xbox E3 2018 event, the company showed off Forza Horizon 4. It’s the latest in the long-running open-world racing series and it’s the first game to be set in Britain. Forza Horizon 4’s release date is October 2 for the Xbox One family of consoles and Windows 10 PC. With the game being playable at E3, Microsoft put up a substantial amount of information pertaining to the game such as its modes and how the Seasons feature works. It also snuck in the game’s frame rate and resolution for the Xbox One X – Microsoft’s most powerful console ever. Suffice to say, if you were expecting an improvement over last year’s Forza Horizon 3 with 4K gameplay at 60fps, think again.

“Xbox One X players will have the option to play the game in native 4K at 30fps, or play in 60fps at a lower resolution,” writes Xbox Wire Editor Mike Nelson. He didn’t specify what this “lower resolution” is though if we were to hazard a guess, it would be 1080p.

Developers have struggled to hit 4K 60fps performance in most games this generation on iterative consoles, be it the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. One high profile casualty was Destiny 2 which ended up being 30fps on both PS4 and Xbox One X at 4K due to CPU limitations. It makes us wonder how the next Xbox could pan out and if frame rate becomes a bigger priority for developers and console makers going forward.

For now though, you’d have to be content making the compromise between 4K at 30fps in Forza Horizon 4 or 60fps at a lower resolution.


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