How to play Fortnite with mouse and keyboard: Have you just started playing Fortnite , Epic Games’ popular Battle Royale title, and would you like to know more about the input methods supported by Epic Games? Have you heard that it is possible to use the mouse and keyboard to play Fortnite even on consoles but you have not understood how to do it? Would you like to learn what are the keys to play Fortnite with the mouse and keyboard? Then I’d say you’re in the right place, at the right time!
In today’s tutorial, in fact, I will explain how to play Fortnite with mouse and keyboard acting both from PC and from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so that you can use this method of input from all the platforms in your possession. I will not fail to provide you with tips to improve in Epic Games’ hugely popular Battle Royale title.
Courage: why are you still standing still in front of the screen? Do you want to learn how to use mouse and keyboard on Fortnite? In my opinion, yes, since you are reading this guide. You just have to take five minutes of free time, carefully read and practice the quick instructions below. There is nothing left for me to do, except to wish you happy reading and have fun!
Before continuing in detail on the procedure on how to play Fortnite with mouse and keyboard , I think you may be interested to know why these input methods allow a good competitive advantage and how this is managed by Epic Games.
Mouse and keyboard are generally considered by gamers to be the input method that allows for greater freedom of maneuver. In fact, aiming and shooting using the mouse and keyboard is much faster than doing it with the controller and this allows users who use these input methods to gain an important competitive advantage.
However, Epic Games itself has noticed the discrepancy between mouse and keyboard and controller and has therefore decided to divide the two types of players into separate servers, so that all users can play Fortnite on equal terms. Clear? Well, then we can go on.
How to play Fortnite with mouse and keyboard on PC
The default input method for playing Fortnite on PC and Mac is clearly a mouse and keyboard. Below you will find all the relevant indications related to the keys to be used.
The main buttons to use are very simple: W , A , S , D to move, Space to jump, Shift (Left Shift) to run, Equal / Num Lock for automatic run, Left Ctrl to crouch, left mouse button to shoot / use the consumables, right mouse button to aim, keys from 1 to 9 (excluding 5, 6 and 7) to change weapon / object, E to collect / interact with objects, M to view the map and I to access the inventory.
Once inside the inventory, just drag the objects with the left mouse button to manage everything. To place a marker, just press the mouse wheel instead. In short, the main keys are those used by most of this type of game. For more details, I recommend you check out my tutorial on how to run on Fortnite .
However, to learn how to play properly, you must also know how to build the structures present in Fortnite. The latter are in fact of fundamental importance to protect themselves from enemies and to catch them off guard, obtaining a good competitive advantage. The key to enter the construction mode is Q , while to switch from one type of construction to another, use the buttons F1 to F5 , or scroll the mouse wheel.
It is possible to place the structures on the playing field by pressing the left mouse button , while to modify the buildings just press the G button . During construction mode, moreover, you can press the right mouse button to change the material, choosing between wood, stone and metal.
When you are finished building a structure, you have to press the Q key to exit construction mode. For all the details of the case, I invite you to take a look at my guide on how to build on Fortnite PC .
How to play Fortnite with mouse and keyboard on PS4
The PlayStation 4 has a native feature that allows you to connect the mouse and keyboard to the console and play Fortnite with this input method.
To proceed, all you have to do is connect your keyboard and mouse via USB or Bluetooth to the PlayStation 4. In case you have USB devices (or with USB receivers), just go to the top toolbar of the page PS4 main button and press the controller’s X button on Settings (briefcase icon).
At this point, select the Devices item and you will find the External keyboard and Mouse items : from here you can check the operation of the peripherals, also setting the pointer speed and other useful options to improve the gaming experience.
If you have, instead, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you simply return the page Devices of settings of PS4 and select Bluetooth Devices . Now, activate the pairing mode of the devices and press the X button on the controller above the name of the device that will appear on the screen.
If it is a keyboard, you may be asked to enter a confirmation code (it is usually 0000 , or it is shown in the device manual).
If everything is correct, you will be able to move in the main menu of the PlayStation 4 using the directional arrows on the keyboard. By default, the Enter button replaces the pad’s X key , while Esc takes the place of the O button . For more details, I advise you to consult my tutorial on how to connect mouse and keyboard to the PS4 .
Perfect, now you just have to start Fortnite to play with mouse and keyboard. As for the buttons, they are the same as I described in the chapter on how to play Fortnite with a mouse and keyboard on a PC .
How to play Fortnite with mouse and keyboard on Xbox One
Even Xbox One allows you to use the mouse and keyboard to play Fortnite through a native feature.
All you have to do is connect your devices to the console’s USB ports . Once this is done, Xbox One will automatically recognize the mouse and keyboard and you can already use them as an input method.
In case you want to configure the mouse properly, just press on your name , present on the main page of Xbox One, select the gear icon and go to the Settings> Kinect and devices> Mouse path : from here you can adjust the speed of the pointer through the appropriate lever and invert the primary and secondary button , in case you need it.
In the event that everything has been set up correctly, you can move through the console menus using the directional arrows on the keyboard. In addition, the Windows key replaces the Xbox button on the controller, while the Esc key takes the place of the B key . For more information, I suggest you refer to my guide on how to connect mouse and keyboard to Xbox One .
Speaking of the keys, I suggest you take a look at the chapter on how to play Fortnite with a mouse and keyboard on a PC (the buttons are the same).
How to improve on Fortnite with mouse and keyboard
If you are a novice player on Fortnite, learning to play better with mouse and keyboard could be complex. However, I assure you that, following my instructions, you will be able to master this input method properly.
There is obviously no unique configuration to improve on Fortnite, but each user must find the configuration that best suits their style of play. In this sense, it is very important to configure the game settings properly, based on the platform at your disposal. My advice is therefore to activate the Show FPS item from the Game Settings and configure the Fortnite options so that the title runs at least 60 stable FPS .
Another aspect that I consider very important is the sensitivity of the mouse . My advice is to try to set the sensitivity X and Y to 0.100 and those of aim and movement to 1 : this can be a good starting point to understand which settings are best suited to your needs.
Do not underestimate, then, the purchase of higher-end mouse and keyboard , which are able to increase the convenience and functionality offered out of all proportion. In this sense, I invite you to take a look at my guide to the best keyboards and to the best gaming mice .