Again in December 2022, Fortnite turned a “graphical powerhouse in a single day” with a move to Unreal Engine 5.1. Epic described the shift as “a generational leap in visible constancy,” which after all required a little bit of an adjustment to the game’s {hardware} necessities. Epic additionally warned that, with the discharge of Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2, Home windows 10 would develop into a requirement. 

It wasn’t kidding: Chapter 4 Season 2 went reside right this moment, and Home windows 7 and eight are actually formally out.

“As beforehand introduced, beginning with Battle Royale Chapter 4 Season 2, gamers will likely be required to make use of Home windows 10 or greater to be able to proceed enjoying Fortnite natively on PC in an formally supported method,” Epic mentioned in its newest What’s New update. “Home windows 7 and eight are actually formally unsupported in Fortnite.”

The reasoning behind the move was defined in additional element when it was first introduced final 12 months. “As Fortnite continues to evolve, we’re required to make help modifications to be able to develop our know-how and broaden the game to meet our imaginative and prescient of Fortnite’s future,” Epic mentioned on the time. “In older working methods, the rising danger of safety threats in addition to the shortage of contemporary options we depend on causes us to spend an growing quantity of growth time on workarounds, as a substitute of investing that point into the game itself.”

I dislike change as a lot as anybody (and I maintain a real affection for Home windows 7) besides, I’ve to confess that it is a cheap place for Epic to take. Home windows 7 is now 13 years outdated, which is getting a bit of lengthy within the tooth as these items go, and Microsoft formally ended help for Home windows 7, 8, and eight.1 in January of this 12 months. It sucks to let outdated favorites go however in some unspecified time in the future, if you wish to proceed advancing your know-how, it is simply not definitely worth the problem of dragging the outdated tech alongside—that is why, as an illustration, I not have a floppy drive in my PC. (Although I’m irked by its absence on philosophical grounds.)

The excellent news for Epic is that chopping help for older variations of Home windows is not more likely to trigger a lot ache. The Steam {Hardware} and Software program Survey at the moment signifies that Home windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Home windows 8.1 customers mixed account for lower than 2% of its complete person base. That is not a definitive measure of the PC gaming viewers, and no, Fortnite is just not on Steam, however Steam represents a big sufficient portion of gamers that the determine might be taken as a minimum of indicative of the general development—which is to say, there actually will not be lots of people utilizing pre-10 Home windows today.

If you’re nonetheless utilizing Home windows 7 or 8 at this level, it truly is time to improve. And if for some motive you’ll be able to’t, Epic recommends GeForce Now, the Nvidia streaming service that allows video games together with Fortnite to be performed on just about any platform you’ll be able to think about, so long as you have received ample web bandwidth.