Fortnite gyro controls: how to activate them, how to use them, which controllers work.

Gyroscopic controls have now been added to Fortnite, giving players a new way to aim when battling for a Victory Royale. There are two new options for players to choose from, including gyro aiming and joystick, all with the aim of removing players’ reliance on the right stick of their controller.

Here’s what you need to know about Fortnite’s gyro controls, how to enable them, and which controllers support them.

How to Enable Gyro Aiming in Fortnite

To enable gyro aiming and gamepad in Fortnite, simply access the settings menu. Select the new “Touch and Motion” submenu, where you’ll find all the toggles you need. Toggle “Gyro Aiming” from off to on.

You can also toggle when gyro aiming is in effect. If you prefer to only have it when aiming, select “scope” or “range and aim” to apply it to non-scoped weapons. If you prefer it to always be on, even when you’re just browsing the map, select “always”. You can also toggle gyro aiming on and off for building structures.

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How to activate the flick stick in Fortnite

In the same menu as the gyro sight, look further down to find the flick stick toggle. The stick allows you to turn immediately in a cardinal direction with a simple swing of the stick. So if you’re tired of always being shot from behind and want to give enemy players why, a joystick setup will allow you to automatically turn 180 degrees backwards with a single joystick movement.

You’ll still need to aim correctly from there, but the faster reaction can give you more of a chance to fight.

What controllers work with the gyroscope in Fortnite?

Bad news for Xbox controller users, which means a lot of PC gamers. Xbox controllers do not include gyroscopic functionality, unlike their Sony and Nintendo brethren. So you can’t use gyro aiming, unfortunately.

If you’re using a Sony controller or playing Fortnite on the Switch, you’re in luck. Here’s what’s compatible with gyro aiming in Fortnite.

  • pc: DualShock 4 or DualSense controller
  • PS4: DualShock 4 controller
  • PS5: DualSense controller
  • Change: Joy-Con or Pro Controller
  • Android: Mobile orders.

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Fortnite gyro controls: best settings

Here are the options you should choose from when setting up Fortnite’s gyro controls:

Active Combat (Combat)

Any: Gyro controls are disabled for all gameplay
Scope only: Gyro controls are only enabled when using a scoped weapon
Range or aim: Gyroscopic controls are activated when aiming with a scoped weapon or a non-scoped weapon
Range, Aim or Harvest: Adds a gyroscope to the above and when using melee from your pickaxe
Always: The gyroscope is activated at all times

Active mode (building)

Any: Gyro disabled for all buildings
Editing : Uses gyroscope when editing structures, not building
Always: Uses the gyroscope when building or modifying structures

I recommend keeping the gyro aiming at “range or aim” as having the gyro enabled at all times could lead to some interesting camera issues if you’re a restless gamer. If for some reason you find gyro aiming uncomfortable, setting the look stick effect (a separate setting, not to be confused) to “off” will allow you to automatically take control with the right stick in the traditional way.

Be sure to check out our Fortnite guides page for more walkthroughs and news on the latest skins.

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