How to Download and Play Fortnite on PS5

It's time to save the world in 4K and at 60 FPS

What to Know

  • From the PS5's home, press Triangle and then X to enter Search. Type "Fortnite" and press R2 to search.
  • Select the first result for Fortnite, and press X to download.
  • When running, the game will prompt you to link an Epic account to your PlayStation account if you haven't already.

Fortnite is available on PS5, like PS4, and even comes with a rendering upgrade to run in 4K at 60 FPS. Here's how to download and play the game on Sony's next-generation console.

How to Get Fortnite on PS5

Luckily, the process is even more straightforward than it was on PS4.

  1. Make sure your PS5 is connected to the internet and you're signed into your PlayStation Network account.

  2. From the PS5's home menu, press Triangle to quickly access the options at the top right-hand side of the screen. Press X to enter Search.

    The Games menu on a PS5.
  3. Type in "Fortnite" and press R2 to search.

    Searching for a game on the PS5.
  4. Use X to select the first Fortnite search result, and press X again to begin downloading the game.

    PS5 store Fortnite download

Once your download is finished, installation will happen automatically. When finished, Fortnite will appear next to your other games. While downloading, you can view a game's progress by pressing the PlayStation button and using X to select the Downloads/Uploads tab in the Control Center menu at the bottom of the screen.

Playing Fortnite on PS5

Once downloaded and installed, simply select Fortnite to start playing. You will, naturally, need an internet connection and to be signed into PlayStation Network to play, but you do not need to be signed up for PlayStation Plus.

Haven't Played Fortnite on PlayStation Before?

If your PlayStation Network account has not already been linked with an Epic account, you'll be asked to do this the first time you load up the game.

However, if you've played on Fortnite on PS4, you'll have already connected your accounts, and you will sign in automatically to Fortnite on PS5 and be ready to hop into a match.

Changes to Fortnite on PS5

Playing Fortnite on PS5 is like playing on any other platform, and you can pick up and play on PS5 from where you left off on PS4, continuing on with the same friends list and progress.

Though, the experience will be better on PS5. In addition to running in 4K at 60 FPS, Fortnite on PS5 has faster load times and supports the Dualsense controller's new haptic feedback and dynamic trigger features. Fortnite's split screen mode has also been bumped up to 60 FPS.

Get Yourself a Free Gift

In celebration of the launch of a new PlayStation console, Epic has announced a free Throwback Axe Pickaxe (the classic default pick from Fortnite Chapter 1) available for download in the Item Store or on the PlayStation Store until January 15, 2021.

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