If you’re playing Fortnite on a controller, you’re going to need every advantage you can get against your keyboard brethren. Playing on a mouse and keyboard is just a step above a controller, it offering much more finesse and flexibility. But you can definitely close the gap with the best Fortnite controller settings, which range from preset changes to things you may simply overlook.
Below you will find all the details you need when it comes to Fortnite on console, or via PC with a controller if you’re a madman. While the illustrations are all for a DualShock 4 on a PS4, you can simply swap the middle button for the Xbox One’s View button or the Switch’s minus button. Without further ado, here’s what we recommend based on our experiences crossed with what we’ve learned from controller gods like Nickmercs and Aydan.
There are four distinct controller presets for Fortnite, as well as the option to create your own custom preset. Our guide takes you through all of them along with a recommendation.
Fortnite Old School Preset
Season 1 veterans will remember this as the default option. Do not choose this preset: it’s too slow and awkward.
Fortnite Quick Builder Preset
The poor man’s Builder Pro, Quick Builder works alright, but Builder Pro is just your better option.
Fortnite Combat Pro Preset
A great preset for the aggressive and frag-minded player.
Fortnite Builder Pro Preset
Pretty much the pick for Fortnite controller players, Builder Pro is the most popular controller preset there is and significantly changed the Fortnite experience when it was released.
Our Recommendation: Custom Preset
We would highly recommend that you select a custom controller preset for Fortnite but use Builder Pro as your basis.
This is because Builder Pro is probably the best fit for the build-heavy meta of Fortnite as it allows you to build the quickest and most smoothly with Turbo Building also applied.
However, its approach to editing leaves something to be desired. Pressing circle isn’t quick enough, so we would recommend that you choose L3 instead as your left thumb should naturally sit on it anyway. If you turn off or greatly reduce the editing delay option, L3 is the quickest possible way to get to editing.
If you’re worried about how you sprint, you should have the option to automatically run on anyway. The game will warn you about not having a bound input for sprinting, but don’t worry: autorun will take care of that for you. If you don’t want to sprint, simply press forward softer on L3.
We would also recommend that you change your crouch input to something specific while editing and building; default Fortnite settings do not allow you to crouch (at least easily) while building or editing.
As with any significant change to binds/presets, we would strongly recommend that you practice heavily in Team Rumble or Creative before you try to roll with this new preset in a real match. L3 takes some getting used to.
Best Fortnite Editing Settings
The Fortnite editing settings we recommend are not too different from the default, but we have fiddled with it to replicate the same controls of shooting for greater ease.
Selecting a square is mapped to L2 and then applying it is mapped to R2, which allows lightning fast edits.
Likewise, we go with R3 to reset as it allows for very quick resetting when used in combination with L3 to initially edit.
Again, jump into Creative and try some editing courses before you rock these new Fortnite settings.
Best Fortnite Sensitivity Settings
Linear or Exponential? Not too long ago, Epic introduced a dramatic change to sensitivity settings for Fortnite in terms of the look input curve: Linear and exponential.
Linear utilises raw stick input, which essentially means that your movement on the sticks is closer to the default sensitivity of your controller. Exponential, meanwhile, allows for far more pronounced movement based on the amount of force you apply to the stick, meaning that smaller flicks will be more noticeable.
We strongly recommend that you fiddle with both settings and jump into Creative/Team Rumble to find which suits you best, everyone has a preference.
We would, however, recommend that you turn on advanced options to allow for greater control over your sens options in Fortnite.
Edit hold time: 0.200 seconds
Look Sensitivity: 6
Aim Sensitivity: 6
Build Mode Sensitivity options: 2.5x
Edit Mode Sensitivity options: 2.5x
Look horizontal speed: 16%
Look vertical speed: 16%
Turning horizontal boost: 16%
Turning vertical boost: 16%
Turning boost ramp time: 0.20 seconds
ADS look horizontal speed: 16%
ADS look vertical speed: 16%
ADS turning horizontal boost: 0%
ADS turning vertical boost: 0%
ADS turning boost ramp time: 0.20 seconds
Move stick deadzone: 24%
Look stick deadzone: 27%
We cribbed our Fortnite sensitivity settings from pros before fiddling with them to be better reflect us personally.
No two Fortnite players will have the exact same sensitivity settings, so it’s really a case of finding which suits you best.
That being said, we would not recommend ramping building sens up to the maximum. It’s very hard to be precise with it up this high, meaning that you may randomly place walls all around you when you’re just trying to box up.
Best Fortnite Control Options
Toggle sprint: off
Sprint by default: on Frees up L3 for editing, as we mentioned earlier.
Sprint cancels reloading: off
Tap to search/interact: on Allows you to get into chests more smoothly.
Toggle targeting: off
Reset building choice: on You need this on because otherwise if you had just used a pyramid and need to throw up a wall, that’s gonna set you back.
Aim assist: on You should never have this off. You will have a bad time otherwise.
Edit mode aim assist: off A personal thing, here, but we find that having aim assist off with out high sens allows us to get through edits much quicker. Fiddle with it and see what you think.
Turbo building: on Allows you to build ramps/walls etc without having to constantly tap the button.
Auto material change: on Vital, saves you an input of swapping mats.
Controller auto-run: on
Allow cross platform parties: on
Auto open doors: off
Auto pick up weapons: off Sounds good on paper, but can really make a mess of your inventory. Leave it off.
Auto sort consumables to right: on Makes your life a lot easier.
Controller edit hold time: 0.145 We’ve turned this one right down, but have not turned it to 0 as L3 can be rather sensitive. 0.145 gives us plenty of wiggle room.
Best Fortnite Dead Zone Settings
A personal pick and not one that you may notice that much, deadzone customisation is better if you find your analog sticks drifting or if you have a less responsive controller through age.
Best Fortnite Camera and Display Settings
Entirely personal this one, but we prefer to have “viewers” off to help us concentrate.