“How to play stretched resolution in Fortnite?” is a question that is constantly asked by beginners in the game. This is because professional Fortnite players constantly play Fortnite using stretched resolution. These professional players play on custom resolutions and they often use a 4:3 stretched resolution.
You should note that stretched resolutions can be traced back to Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CSGO), where it is common for professional players to play on stretched resolutions and where it is easy to set it up.
Why Should You Play Fortnite On Stretched Resolutions?
The following are reasons why you should consider playing Fortnite on stretched resolutions:
Increased Vertical Field of View (FOV)
In previous times, you could change the resolution of your Fortnite game by increasing the vertical field of view (FOV), which causes the enhanced picture to transform into a 16:9 format. In essence, most Fortnite players play using stretched resolution because of the additional vertical FOV it provides. However, Epic Games altered how stretched resolution works when they released a statement concerning the state of development of the game:
“When using a custom resolution, vertical FOV will be locked. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked in all modes, but in competitive playlists (e.g. Arena and in-game tournaments) we will be locking the aspect ratio to 16:9.”
Basically, the company ensured that the aspect ratio is locked to 16:9; that is, it will no longer be possible to get additional vertical field of view while playing with a stretched resolution. Additionally, in the process of increasing your vertical FOV, your horizontal FOV reduces. When you play using a stretched resolution, you will be reducing your horizontal FOV by roughly half.
Increased Frames Per Second (FPS)
As is widely known, the native resolution for Fortnite is 1920 x 1080, and it describes the number of pixels that are displayed. Basically, 1,920 pixels are displayed horizontally across the screen while 1,080 pixels are displayed vertically down the screen.
When you play with a stretched resolution like 1440 x 1080, the total number of pixels that are displayed reduces. This is because the workload of your hardware, especially your graphics card, also reduces. In essence, playing using stretched resolution increases your frames per second (FPS), thereby rendering your gameplay smoother.
Note that the amount of FPS you gain is roughly linear to the amount of pixels that are displayed. For instance, if you change your resolution from 1920 x 1080 to 1440 x 1080, you reduce the number of pixels by 25%, which relates to an increase of about 20% in performance or FPS.
If you play Fortnite on a slow, old computer, using stretched resolution will enable you to play it with steady frames. If you have a higher refresh monitor of say 240Hz, then playing with a stretched resolution can help you achieve higher FPS consistently.
Being able to consistently achieve high FPS in a competitive and fast-paced shooting game like Fortnite is useful, since a higher FPS can improve your aim, especially if you use a controller. This is because the strength of aim assist is connected to the amount of FPS you have.
Common Custom Resolutions
Deciding on the resolutions you want to play on is not as easy as choosing stretched resolution. Instead, you have to decide on the specific resolution you want. Some of the most common resolutions used among professional Fortnite players are:
- 1024×768 Stretched
- 1280×960 Stretched
- 1280×1024 Stretched
- 1440×1080 Stretched
- 1600 x 1080 stretched
Note that the lower the resolution you choose, the higher your FPS.
How Do You Configure Stretched Resolution In Fortnite
The first step to take is to set your in-game Window Mode to Fullscreen as your custom resolution will not work if you don’t change the Window mode.
Thereafter, change your Fortnite configuration file known as “GameUserSettings.ini”:
- Press “Windows Key + R” to open “Run”
- Input “%localappdata%” in the search bar and press “Enter”
- Click the App Data to go back one level in your file path
- Click on the “Local” folder
- Locate your FortniteGame folder and open it
- Click on “Saved”
- Click on “Config”
- Finally, select the “WindowsClient” folder
You’ll find your GameUserSettings file here. Before you open this file, ensure it is not read-only. To confirm this, right-click on the file and select “Properties”. Then uncheck the box for read-only in the “Attributes” section.
You can now open the file as it is already a .ini file and should open on Notepad by default.
Locate the following part of the file:
- ResolutionSizeX = 1920
- ResolutionSizeY = 1080
- LastUserConfirmedResolutionSizeX = 1920
- LastUserConfirmedResolutionSizeY = 1080
Change it to your preferred resolution and save the file.
You have to effect specific changes on your graphics card settings, regardless of it being an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card.
If your computer uses an NVIDIA video card, you have to change the resolution in the NVIDIA Control panel. You can locate this panel by right-clicking on your desktop screen as it is in the pop-up menu.
When you are in the Control Panel, you have to change the resolution by adhering to the following steps:
- Click on “Change Resolutions”
- Select one of the predefined resolutions or create a custom resolution
To create a custom resolution, you have to:
- Click on “Customize…”
- Confirm the box that says “Enable resolutions not exposed by the display”
- Click on “Create Custom Resolution”
- Enter the values for the “Horizontal Pixels” and “Vertical lines” in your preferred resolution
- Click on “Test” and Click “Yes” to save it
- Select your new resolution and Click on “OK”
- Click “Apply”
Similar to NVIDIA settings, you have to create a custom resolution in your AMD Radeon settings
- Open your “AMD Radeon settings”
- Click on “Display”
- Click on “Create” in the Custom Resolution section
- Enter your desired “Horizontal Resolution” and “Vertical Resolution”
- Click on “Save”
- Right-Click on your desktop and click on “Display settings”
And that, folks, is how to play stretched resolution in Fortnite. Rest assured that it will greatly enhance your gameplay.