Fortnite on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors?

Fortnite on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 5Yes, Fortnite runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

In spite of being a few years old, Fortnite remains one of the most popular games in the world.

It’s still amazing how it went from a smallish coop game to becoming the king of Battle Royale first-person shooters in a few short months.

Nowadays, it remains one of the best free games you can find.

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Fortnite on Mac

Unfortunately, the Mac version of the game has never been in such a poor state.

Ever since its developer, Epic Games, started a legal battle against Apple, Fortnite is no longer receiving updates on Mac nor iOS. Things have escalated so much that entire modes have become unavailable on Fortnite for Mac. The same goes from cross-platform multiplayer.

From Fortnite’s Twitter account:

Apple is preventing us from distributing games on Mac which ends our ability to develop Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Beginning September 23, 2020, Save the World will no longer be playable on Mac.

In spite of a lack of updates, Fortnite: Battle Royale remains fully functional on Mac and there are still more than enough players to fill lobbies instantly.

Genre: Battle Royale 64-Bit Support: Fortnite on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: Epic Games API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Is Fortnite worth it? The reviews

Fortnite Mac

The game itself continues to be beloved by critics, especially because Fortnite continues to reinvent itself and experiment in ways no other game ever (successfully) has:

81 Metascore

Fortnite on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 7 9.6 on IGN

Fortnite Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.14.6
Processor: 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200 or equivalent AMD GPU
Metal support is required

Fortnite M1 Mac support

Fortnite on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 8Yes, Fortnite runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: February 10, 2021:

Fortnite on M1 Mac Apple Silicon

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Fortnite can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Fortnite on M1 Mac Rosetta 2 support

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • Fortnite: Version 4.24.0

Fortnite M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Fortnite M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p High Settings & 900p Max Settings & 1440p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  61 FPS 42 FPS

As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:

  • Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
  • 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
  • 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
  • 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
  • 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.

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