If you play Fortnite on your smartphone you can now use a Bluetooth controller. This should help level the playing field when playing against Fortnite players on PC or console. Because as good as touchscreen controls can be, they’re no match for a controller.
Epic promised controller support was incoming in an update from November 2018. At the time the company said it was “beginning testing on various controller setups as we work to enable support.” Now, controller support has arrived with the release of Fortnite v7.30.
Fortnite Levels the Playing Field for Mobile Gamers
Epic Games regularly updates Fortnite, fixing bugs and other technical issues, and adding new features and fun elements. Fortnite v7.30 is no exception, but the headline feature of this particular update is mobile controller support on Android and iOS.
On Android, Fortnite now supports “most Bluetooth controller adapters, such as Steelseries Stratus XL, Gamevice, XBox1, Razer Raiju, and Moto Gamepad.” On iOS, Fortnite now supports “MFi controllers, such as Steelseries Nimbus and Gamevice”.
The Ice King recalls his legion as downtime for the v7.30 patch begins.
Discover what awaits you in this week's update: https://t.co/AxBt8jDAw7
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 29, 2019
Why is this important? Because Fortnite is one of the few games to offer crossplay across multiple platforms. And if you’re playing Fortnite on Android or iOS, using a controller is going to help you compete against people on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Fortnite v7.30 isn’t all about mobile controller support though. It’s also adding a 60Hz mode on select Android devices (Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Honor View 20, Huawei Mate 20 X). You can see all of the other improvements in the Fortnite v7.30 patch notes.
Further Reading for Fortnite Fans and Virgins
if you’re a parent of kids who play this game, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite. Meanwhile, if you haven’t yet dived in but are tempted by the new support for mobile controllers, be sure to read our guide to playing Fortnite on mobile.