The Fortnite system requirements dictate that you must have, among other things, a bare minimum of an Intel HD 4000 GPU in order to play the game. As it turns out, that was a bit of a fudge, because the game will actually run on DX9 GPUs. But it will be un-fudged when Season 10 rolls around.
“While a DirectX 11-capable graphics card has always been one of Fortnite’s system requirements, we’ve kept support online for players with older graphics cards—so they could keep playing!” Epic announced today.
“However, when Season 10 begins, Fortnite will no longer be compatible with these older graphics cards. This allows us to focus our development and testing efforts to further optimize the Fortnite experience for all players.”
Season 10 is still a little distance down the road—Season 9 is just over halfway through—so this gives those of you still rocking the Windows 98 vibe some time to get caught up. And really, you should: I understand that deep-down dedication to your GPU (I loved my Radeon 9700, and it’s probably still kicking around here somewhere) but sooner or later you have to let these things go. And if you’re still running a DirectX 9 video card, trust me: It’s time to move on.