Can you play Fortnite on Mac mini?

Photo is of a Mac mini (2018) taken for iMore Mac mini review
Photo is of a Mac mini (2018) taken for iMore Mac mini review (Image credit: iMore)

Can you play Fortnite on Mac mini?

Best answer: Yes, the Mac mini does meet all the minimum system requirements to run Fortnite. However, it doesn't meet the recommended requirements, so your experience may not be the best.Apple: Mac mini ($799+)

Fortnite's basic system requirements

All games for PC and Mac usually come with a list of minimum requirements, which is meant to help you know if your machine can load, and run the game.

The minimum requirements for Fortnite on macOS are as follows:

  • Operating system: macOS Sierra (10.12.6+)
  • CPU: Core i3 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • GPU: Intel Iris Pro 5200

The good news is even the cheapest confriguration of the new Mac mini meets these requirements, so in theory, you should be able to run Fortnite on your Mac mini; however, in practice, it gets a little more complicated.

Recommended system requirements

While the Mac mini meets the minimum system requirements, Epic Games recommends that in order to run the game optimally, you should have a configuration that looks like this:

  • Operating system: macOS Sierra (10.12.6+)
  • CPU: Core i5 2.8 GHz
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 660, AMD Radeon HD 7870, or equivalent DX11 GPU

The Mac mini can meet most of these requirements if you upgrade the CPU from the base model, but it falls short in terms of graphics. The Mac mini comes with Intel UHD Graphics 630, which is lower performing than the recommending GPU, and you can't opt for an upgrade.

Your mileage may vary

Fortnite should run on a Mac mini, but with the graphics card included, it may not run as well as it could on other machines. You may run into poor performance issues, which could ruin your experience in the game. The good news is Fortnite is free, so if you have a Mac mini its worth a shot to run the game and see how it plays.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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