Best Fortnite controller settings: Sensitivity, Building, preferred item slots

Liam Mackay
Fortnite character holding an Xbox controllerEpic Games

Fortnite is one of the most competitive games out there, and optimizing your controller settings can provide a significant advantage over your opponents. So if you’re looking to dominate while using a controller, here are the best Fortnite controller settings for Chapter 5 Season 1.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 has brought plenty of new content to the game, including cosmetic skins, a brand-new map, Weekly Quests, and more. Of course, the core premise of the game is all about engaging in PvP battles to achieve a Victory Royale.

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Due to Fortnite’s crossplay capabilities, players will often find themselves in matches against mouse and keyboard players. If you play with a controller, having the best settings could be the difference between victory and defeat. So, here are the best Fortnite controller settings to get an advantage over your opponents.

Fortnite player swinging with the Grapple GloveEpic Games
You’ll need the best controller settings to move around in Fortnite.

Best Fortnite Game settings for controllers

Almost every Fortnite player has their preference when it comes to Xbox and PlayStation controllers. Some prefer the PS controller, which makes the claw grip easier to use, but others prefer the diagonal stick placement of the Xbox controller.

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No matter which controller you use to play Fortnite, these settings will be perfect for either. To change these settings, go to the Game tab in your Fortnite Settings menu.

Movement

  • Toggle Sprint: Off
  • Auto-Open Doors: Off
  • Mantle Activation: Hold Jump

Combat

  • Hold To Swap Pickup: Off
  • Toggle Targeting: Off
  • Mark Danger When Targeting: On
  • Auto Pick Up Weapons: Off
  • Preferred Item Slots: Personal Preference
  • Auto Sort Consumables to Right: Off

Building

  • Reset Build Choice: Off
  • Disable Pre-Edit Option: Off
  • Turbo Building: On
  • Confirm Edit on Release: On
Fortnite's Game settings menuEpic Games
Fortnite allows you to adjust the controller settings to your preference.

Best Fortnite Controller Options settings

Now that you’ve sorted your Game Settings, we need to take a look at the Controller Settings in Fortnite. These options will set features like Auto-Run, which stops you from having to hold the thumbstick down, and things like Vibration and hold times.

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Input

  • Controller Auto-Run: On
  • Build Immediately (Builder Pro): On
  • Edit Hold Time: 0.100 seconds
  • Slide Hold Time: 0.150 seconds
  • Vibration: Off
Best Fortnite Controller Input optionsEpic Games
Having Auto-Run enabled stops you from having to hold the thumbstick down in Fortnite.

Fortnite Sensitivity settings

For sensitivity in Fortnite, it’s really what you feel most comfortable with. You’ll want to have a relatively low look sensitivity with a higher build and edit sensitivity. This keeps you accurate while allowing for quick building and editing in fights.

Give our settings a try and tweak until you’re comfortable and it suits your playstyle.

Sensitivity

  • Build Mode Sensitivity Multiplier: 1.6x
  • Edit Mode Sensitivity Multiplier: 1.7x
  • Use Advanced Options: On

Advanced – Look Sensitivity

  • Look Horizontal Speed: 50%
  • Look Vertical Speed: 60%
  • Turning Horizontal Boost: 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost: 0%
  • Turning Boost Ramp Time: 0%
  • Instant Boost When Building: On

Advanced – Aim Down Sights (ADS) Sensitivity

  • ADS Look Horizontal Speed: 17%
  • ADS Look Vertical Speed: 17%
  • ADS Turning Horizontal Boost: 0%
  • ADS Turning Vertical Boost: 0%
  • ADS Turning Boost Ramp Time: 0.00 Seconds

Advanced – Sensitivity

  • Look Dampening Time: 0.20 seconds
  • Look Input Curve: Exponential
  • Aim Assist Strength: 100%
Look & ADS Sensitivity in Fortnite settingsEpic Games
Having a lower look sensitivity with a higher build and edit sensitivity allows more accuracy when aiming.

Fortnite Controller Deadzone settings

Deadzone is all dependent on your controller. For maximum accuracy and reaction time, you want it to be the lowest possible value without getting stick drift.

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  • Left Stick Deadzone: 0% (then increase as required)
  • Right Stick Deadzone: 0% (then increase as required)

Jump into a game of Creative, lower your Deadzone down to 0, then slowly build it up until your sticks stop drifting by themselves. We use 6% for the left and 5% for the right, although your controller may require a different setting.

Best Fortnite Controller Configuration

Fortnite controller settingsEpic Games
Builder Pro lets you pick the best binds.

For controllers, Builder Pro is your best friend. When Fortnite was first released, the default controller options were clunky and awkward. Epic Games have since added loads of accessibility support for controllers and Builder Pro is by far the most intuitive and easy to use.

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Start with Builder Pro, and work out the best binds for you.

To make editing quicker and easier, you should bind Edit to L3/Left Stick. This will allow you to quickly make edits on the fly without accidentally editing while trying to build. By enabling Sprint by Default, you won’t have to worry about unbinding Sprint to do this.

If you use a controller on PC, make sure to choose the Generic controller option. For some reason, this option decreases button latency when compared to Xbox or PlayStation controllers.

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Best Fortnite preferred item slots

Best Fortnite inventory orderEpic Games
The item slot allows you to access your preferred items with a press of a button.

This is your personal preference, but we do have some suggestions on how you should organize your inventory in Fortnite:

  • Slot 1: Shotgun
  • Slot 2: Assault Rifle
  • Slot 3: Sniper Rifle / SMG
  • Slot 4: Explosives / Deployable Items
  • Slot 5: Consumables

If you watch professional Fortnite controller players, you will notice that they always have their Shotgun in their first slot. This is because if you press Pickaxe > Build > Switch Weapon, it always defaults to your 1 slot, no matter which weapon you were holding to start the sequence.

This might sound a bit complicated, but it’s a very common sequence in Fortnite. We just described the input of taking someone’s wall. If you keep your AR in your first slot, as many players do, you’ll need to switch weapons twice to get to your Shotgun – costing you precious time.

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The new setup will take a bit of getting used to, but it’s as simple as moving your entire inventory to the right one.


Give these controller settings a try in Fortnite, and you’ll be building and shooting like the pros in no time. You can also check out these other Fortnite guides:

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About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].