Fortnite just received a massive tech update with the release of Chapter 4, Season 1. The game now runs on Unreal Engine 5.1, and players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC (with relatively new hardware) can see features such as millions of Nanite polygons, Lumen reflections with ray tracing, and TSR.
Unfortunately, there is a price to pay for all these improvements. As Fortnite moves into the future, some older operating systems are left behind. Epic’s technical update noted that official support for Windows 7 and 8 would be discontinued in Chapter 4, Season 2.
“With older operating systems, the risk of security threats is increasing, and the lack of modern features we rely on is causing us to spend more and more time developing workarounds rather than investing that time in the game itself,” the company said.
If there’s no way you can switch to Windows 10 at all, Epic has a solution. You can continue playing Fortnite on the Nvidia GeForce Now streaming service, which essentially plays the game on Nvidia hardware through the cloud.