Mastering ping is one of the key aspects of learning to play online games. It represents the time it takes to issue a command by the player, it reaching the Fortnite server, and circling back to the source. Therefore, it makes sense that a high delay makes gameplay difficult or even impossible. In contrast, low ping allows for more frequent updates from the server. This, for battle royale games like this one, means better precision while shooting, smoother movement, and faster reaction times. As such, it’s a prerequisite for getting better at Fortnite. With that said, let’s delve into how to show ping in Fortnite.
What’s a good ping for Fortnite?
The numbers you’ll see on-screen after the instructions below are meaningless unless you understand them. These are ping guidelines for Fortnite:
- 1-50 ms: Great ping, allows for optimal gameplay.
- 50-100 ms: Acceptable ping. Sometimes caused by Fortnite matchmaking, which routes you to a more distant server.
- 100-150 ms: Playing is increasingly difficult, and requires troubleshooting or adjustments.
- 150ms+: Nearly impossible or impossible to play. Requires radical steps to solve.
1. Show ping in Fortnite
Before we demonstrate the process, know that you must first be in the pre-match lobby or in the match itself. With that acknowledged, follow these instructions to show ping in Fortnite based on the platform:
PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch
After launching Fortnite, display ping within Fortnite in this fashion:
- Press the ESC (Escape) key or click the hamburger menu in the top-right corner on PC. For Nintendo Switch, tap on the menu. On PlayStation, press the Options button.
- Go to Settings (cogwheel icon) by scroll down on PC and Nintendo Switch or using the R2 button on PlayStation.
- Select the Game UI icon/tab.
- Scroll down to the HUD Options section.
- Toggle Net Debug Stats to on.
- Click or select Apply at the bottom for PlayStation and PC. Press X on Nintendo Switch.
After launching Fortnite, displaying ping in Fortnite for Xbox works like this:
- Press the Menu button (three horizontal lines) to enter Options.
- Scroll down using Left Bumper and Right Bumper to select Game UI.
- Go down the list, find Network debugging statistics under “HUD” and enable the option.
- Choose to save changes on the pop-up window.
Fortnite is no longer available on iOS and was removed from the Google Play Store. However, you can still download an up-to-date Android version of Fortnite from the Epic Games website. If you decide to do so, use these steps to show ping on Fortnite for Android:
- Tap the hamburger menu in the top right corner.
- Go to Settings, then HUD.
- Enable Net Debug Stats.
- Accept the changes.
Display ping in Fortnite outside of the game (PC and Mac only)
The instructions above are useful for real-time information, but distracting when you’re trying to focus on gameplay. Luckily, Epic Games provides has your back. It’s ideal if you have an external monitor, want to run a quick ping check in the background, test ping before you contact Fortnite Customer Support, or decide whether you should even start playing Fortnite. Here’s how showing Fortnite ping outside of the game works:
1. Pick a data center
Copy-paste the data center URL closest to your real location:
- Europe: qosping-aws-eu-west-3.ol.epicgames.com
- NA-East: qosping-aws-us-east-1.ol.epicgames.com
- NA-West: qosping-aws-us-west-1.ol.epicgames.com
- Brazil: qosping-aws-sa-east-1.ol.epicgames.com
- Middle East: qosping-aws-me-south-1.ol.epicgames.com
- Oceania: qosping-aws-ap-southeast-2.ol.epicgames.com
- Asia: qosping-aws-ap-northeast-1.ol.epicgames.com
2. Do a ping test and check results
Now, depending on your operating system, run a ping test like this:
Click the Start menu and then:
- Type “cmd” and select Command Prompt.
- In the Command Prompt window, type “ping [data center URL] -n 50”.
- Example: “ping qosping-aws-sa-east-1.ol.epicgames.com -n 50”
- This will send 50 packets to the URL. You can send fewer packets to get faster, but less accurate results and vice versa.
- You’ll see packet loss and minimum, average, and maximum ping at the end.
On macOS, do the following:
- Open Spotlight.
- Search for “network utility” and open Network Utility.
- Switch to the Ping tab.
- Find the Enter the network address to ping field and enter the data center into it.
- Find the Send only _ pings field and enter 50.
- Tip. Like on Windows, you can enter a different number of packets.
- Again, you’ll receive feedback on average, minimum, and maximum ping and packet loss.