If you’re ready to dive into Fornite Battle Royale you might be wondering which version to get. Should you download the free player-vs-player game or pay for the full experience with player-vs-environment mode included? And, if you have the choice, should you play on PS4 Pro or Xbox One X? Here’s everything you need to know.
Battle Royale Only (Free)
If you only care about playing Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode, you can grab that for free right now. In this mode, you drop onto an island with 99 other players to scavenge for weapons and build forts as the play area gradually shrinks. If you’re the last person (or team) standing you win. It sounds simple, but with 100 players on the map there’s a surprising amount of variety.
Before you start playing, there’s one more decision to make. Will you pay for the Battle Pass? Unlike a lot of other online games that rely on loot crates to randomly dole out special items, skins, and other cosmetics, Battle Royale uses a tiered system so you can see the items you’re working to unlock as you rank up. If you’re playing for free you’ll unlock a few things along the way, but to get the most out of the system you’ll have to pay up for a Battle Pass.
To get a Battle Pass you’ll need to use V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency. The easiest thing to do is just spend some real money on V-Bucks. For $9.99 you’ll get 1000 V-Bucks, which is just enough to grab a Battle Pass. If you want to go all out you can also pay $24.99 for 2,800 V-Bucks, which gets you a special bundle that includes the Battle Pass and also unlocks the first 25 tiers of rewards automatically.
If you don’t feel like paying for your V-Bucks you do have another option, but it’s not free either. Instead, you’ll have to pay for the full game, which includes both the v buck generator Battle Royale and Save the World modes, and costs at least $40.
Once you start playing Save the World (Fortnite’s original PvE mode) you can earn 50 V-Bucks just by logging in each day, or win 600 of them for making progress in the game. For a full breakdown of Fortnite’s V-Bucks rewards, check out this dedicated website.
The Full Fortnite Experience (Paid… For Now)
If you do decide to pay up for the full game, you still have a bunch of options to choose from. Before we get into any of that, however, it’s important to note that Fortnite is still in early access.
It’s to get an official launch as a free title sometime in 2018, but we still don’t know exactly when that will happen. So if you don’t feel like waiting, you’ll have to pay up in order to play the full game, which includes the Save the World mode that lets you fend off hordes of zombies with up to three friends.
The cheapest way to get your hands on the full game right now is the $40 Standard Edition, which also comes with 7 loot crates (called Piñata Packs) and 4 in-game banner icons. For $60 you can upgrade to 33 Piñata Packs and bunch of other extras with the Deluxe Edition.