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Best Gaming Gear for Playing Fortnite

Updated on August 11, 2018
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Rachel is a technology enthusiast who works remotely for a startup company in New York City from her North Carolina home.

In Fornite's Battle Royale mode, 100 players fight to be the last man standing.
In Fornite's Battle Royale mode, 100 players fight to be the last man standing.

What is Fortnite?

In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, Fortnite is the multi-player video game taking the world by storm. The game has captured the undivided attention (and in many cases-- obsession) of kids, teens, and adults alike. The game was introduced in 2017 and quickly became one of the most successful video games in history.

The game is what’s referred to as an open-world survival game, in which players collect resources and weapons, and build walls and towers in an effort to outlive opponents.

The game is set here on Earth, but most of humanity has mysteriously disappeared. One of the players' main objectives is collecting materials to build protective fortifications-- thus, the name of the game.

The game really took a few months after its initial launch, when the publisher, Epic Games, introduced Battle Royale mode. In this mode, 100 people square off against each other in a fight for survival. Within weeks of Battle Royale's introduction, 10 million people were hooked on the game.

On March 14, 2018, popular video game streamer, Ninja, was playing Fortnite Battle Royale for his legion of followers on Twitch, a live-streaming platform. Ninja was joined by Drake, Travis Scott and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. Over 628,000 people tuned in, setting an all-time, non-tournament Twitch viewership record.

Source: www.factinate.com

The Fortnite battleground map.
The Fortnite battleground map.

Fortnite can be played on Xbox One, PC, Mac and mobile. Many of the top Twitch streamers prefer PC, and I believe PC offers the best Fortnite gaming experience. Every great PC gaming setup has at least 4 crucial elements:

Monitor

Mouse

Keyboard

Headphones

Monitor

Your gaming monitor may arguably be the most crucial component of your gaming setup. After all, if you're not seeing things clearly, how can you focus on eliminating your enemies with utmost precision? Not to mention, the monitor is generally the first thing the eye sees when looking at a gaming setup, so it should be worth looking at!

  • The Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor is one of the best monitors that a gaming enthusiast could hope to own. Alienware is known for making beautifully designed product housing, and this monitor is no exception. The design of the monitor, and the lighting, are a visual delight. Compatible with all operating systems, the lightning-fast 240Hz native refresh rate (combined with 1ms response time) delivers super smooth gameplay. Say goodbye to lag! I, personally, achieved my first Battle Royale victory after upgrading to this monitor. Coincidence? Hmmm....

Mouse

Not only does a gaming setup need to perform optimally, but it should also look really, really cool.

  • The Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse is the smartest mouse I've ever used-- and the best looking. The feel of this mouse and the placement of the buttons are so comfortable, which matters a lot when you're spending hours at a time with your hand in the same spot. The technology is super impressive, too. You can calibrate the optical sensor to get the best tracking performance for whatever mousepad you're using. The click precision during gaming is hard to beat.

Keyboard

Besides the mouse, the keyboard is the one other place where your hands are going to live during epic Fornite showdowns. In keeping with our theme of superior performance and visual appeal, let's take a look at this killer keyboard.

  • The Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is one of the fastest mechanical keyboards available. Super durable, with vibrant LED backlighting-- this beast looks awesome and delivers on performance. It just feels good. I'm a person who likes to hear the "click click" when I hit the keys. It somehow makes me feel like I'm a better player than I am. Response time is super fast, so if your enemy jumps out of the way of your bullet, you can't blame the keyboard (sorry!)

Headphones

There are a lot of great gaming headphones to choose from. For me, the most important part of having the headphones for my Fortnite gaming setup is being able to hear (with great accuracy) when enemies are sneaking up on me. Not only do I want to hear when they're moving closer to me, I want to be able to determine the direction that they're coming from.

  • My pick for best gaming headphones are the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphones. These headphones are wired, but I promise you won't mind sacrificing mobility for quality. They are so comfortable to wear, I honestly forget that they're on my head. They are available in a few different versions (ohms) depending on what you intend to use them for. I use the 250 ohms version, but you might prefer a different version based on your system. I find the bass is the best in the 250 ohms version, but that might not rank so important to everyone. These come with a leather carrying case, which contributes even more to my overinflated sense of gamer superiority.

According to EUROGAMER, headphones are pretty much essential for playing Fortnite. They offer you the best chance of hearing other players' footsteps as they come towards you. Without the element of surprise, your enemy loses the advantage!

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