Sideways Showdown week arrives with Fortnite Battle Royale update V20.40

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Fortnite patch 20.40 is now live with a host of changes to spice up gameplay. The highlight of the patch is Sideways Showdown Week which is now live until May 24, 2022. The Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun are out of the vault and you have access to them. You can find these weapons in chests and on the ground and upgrade them at an upgrade bench.

Funding begins for balloon shield bubbles

The trial period for Shield Bubbles/Balloons has ended and it is now time for a new vote from the playerbase. Funding stations that combine the two elements can be found at all major points of interest on the map. Players can go to a fundraising station and bring bars to their preferred choice. The first pick to reach 100% funding based on everyone’s overall contributions will win and instantly enter the loot pool. In addition to votes, the drop rate of Shockwave Grenades, Rift-To-Go, and Cow Catchers will remain increased indefinitely.

V-Bucks purchased on PlayStation will now join Fortnite’s shared wallet

As of the current update, V-Bucks purchased on PlayStation can be used on all platforms that support the Fortnite Shared Wallet, including PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Android, and cloud gaming services. As always, V-Bucks earned on any platform through the Battle Pass, Quest Packs, or Save the World are shared across all other platforms.

Latency reduction is coming to consoles

Epic Games has made performance improvements to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X consoles running at 60 FPS that reduce input latency for players who select “Low Input Latency Mode” in game options. The menu for 120 FPS has also been changed to make it easier for players to increase their FPS on consoles that support high frame rates.

In addition to the above changes, the networking options for the Middle East server region have changed. To ensure that all players in the region get the best experience, players who manually set their region to Middle East will now connect to Europe or Asia if they have lower latency in these regions. If you want to check out the full patch notes for the new update, you can read the official update blog here. If you want to know more about the Scarlet Witch Skin Pack in Fortnite, you can check out our breakdown here.

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