As you may have aware, Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are 2 of the hottest online survival games in the market right now, with millions of players all over the world competing everyday. Both of the game have few things in common such as unquestionably achieved worldwide phenomenon status, using the same Unreal Engine (the engine that was created by developers of Epic Games) so they could be considered as having the same DNA.
Each game has its own strength and weakness over the other:
- PUBG right now is only available for: Windows, Xbox One, Android and iOS platforms.
- Fortnite in the other hand, only available for: Windows, Mac OS, PS4, Xbox One and iOS (only via invitation)
Our topic today will cover about the mobile version via Android and iOS, keep scrolling for more details.
1. Fortnite vs PUBG Mobile download size and online transactions:
First of all, let’s talk about their downloadable size. At this point, PUBG is winning over Fortnite because the download size of 700MB on Android and 900MB on iOS. When it comes to Fortnite, the download size is over 2GB via iOS which is almost 2.5 times bigger regarding to size!
Both Fortnite and PUBG are free to play, good news for gamers of course. However, Fortnite iOS does have in-game purchase items such as new skins and emotes using V-bucks.
V-bucks is in-game currency that can be purchase using real money. Right now with 10 US dollar,gamers could purchase 1000V-bucks and up to maximum 100 US dollars could purchase 10000V-bucks.
On the other hand, PUBG does not have any micro-transactions… yet. The only in-game currency right now is BP and gamers could easily earn it while playing game, in order to unlock more gears.
2. Hardware requirements on Mobile platforms:
Let’s talk about Fortnite first, right now this game is only available for iOS gamers and Android gamers will need to wait for further announcements. Even in iOS, the game only available to download through invitation (either from Epic Game’s developers or from friends).
Regarding to hardware requirements, your device will need to be at least:
- iPhone 6S, iPhone SE or higher models.
- iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2 or higher models.
And one last important thing for all online players, you will need a stable, consistent Internet connection.
PUBG Mobile is taking advantage on this point when it’s available via both Android and iOS user.
iOS user will need to have at least:
- iPhone 6 or higher models.
- iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2 or higher models.
Android user will need to have at least:
- Android 5.1.1
- 2GB of RAM or higher.
And one more plus point for PUBG is that players don’t need invitation to be able to download this game. All they need to do is just open their App store, search, download then install the game and jump right in!!
While playing this game, we feel like Fortnite is easier to play somehow.The game has a very good control scheme such as being able to shoot or use your axe for a quick melee hit by tapping the right half of the screen or simply walking over an item to have it added to your inventory. Throw in visual cues for gun fire and enemy proximity and it translates well onto smaller devices like the iPhone 6 despite being cluttered with one button too many.
PUBG Mobile is littered with buttons. However, it lacks some of the finesse and polish that make it easier to play. You can’t automatically pick up items. Instead you’ll have to tap on them to add them to your arsenal. Driving is clunky too, using four huge buttons on either size of the screen. It just feels rough around the edges in terms of overall controls and handling.
In overall, we give Fortnite a plus point over PUBG regarding to Gameplay.
4. Fortnite vs PUBG Mobile - do items and progress carry over?
Well, the answer is Yes for Fortnite and No for PUBB.
If you’ve been playing Fortnite on PC or consoles, your progress carries over to Fortnite iOS and eventually Fortnite Android.Fortnite iOS also lets you play with those on PS4, PC, and other mobile gamers or Xbox One, PC, and other mobile gamers. However, due to a stand-off between Sony and Microsoft, those playing Fortnite on PS4 and Xbox One cannot play with each other.
PUBG Mobile right now, if you’ve been playing PUBG on PC or Xbox One, your progress and items is restricted to either platform.The game is also restricted to its existing audience on Android and iOS separately. PUBG Mobile cross-platform play so far still in TBA.
On an iPad Air 2, Fortnite looks surprisingly good. The sense of scale and its cartoony art style hold up well on a smaller screen and it runs at a consistent frame rate (the game is locked as 30 fps). The only minus thing that we noticed is from the beginning of the game, when jumping out of the bus in order to land into the island, game is a little bit laggy but after that framerate back to normal and acceptable.
PUBG Mobile though taking a leaf out of PC games, it gives players more choice about visual: from Low, Medium, and High.This allows for better graphics or improved performance. Being a game with an emphasis on realistic visuals, it manages to pass muster despite defaulting on the Medium preset on the iPhone 6s.
We came to agree that at this point, PUBG has a better framerate than Fortnite over mobile platforms.
However, one thing we noticed that while playing these two games, PUBG made our device ran out of battery faster, and generated more heat than Fortnite quite a lot. So we also guess that Fortnite at the moment, is just a test version that Epic Game did not fully unlock 100% performance.
While PUBG Mobile has an advantage for being Available in both Android and iOS, it’s still can not totally beat up Fortnite due to its controls still not really bringing the satisfaction to gamers and cross platform play still in Restricted mode.
Playing Fortnitevia iOS somehow still better thanks to its meaningful control scheme and nice looks. Above of all that, you can carry over your progress to console and PC as well as team with those on other platforms.
But, Fortnite could not totally win over PUBG because not everyone using iOS could be able to download this game easily and also they haven’t given Android user a chance to enjoy their game… yet!