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How To Turn On Visual Sound Effects In Fortnite

How and why to turn on and use Visualize Sound Effects option in both Fortnite and LEGO Fortnite to your advantage

Competitive Fortnite can be very sweaty, and players must seek out every possible advantage they possibly can, including the feature to visualize sound effects, so find out how in this Fortnite guide.


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How To Turn On Visual Audio In Fortnite

In order to turn on Visualize Sound Effects in Fortnite, open the Menu from the top-left, and then the Settings near the bottom of this side panel. Next, at the top, navigate all the way to the right, to the Audio tab. On this page, in the second section titled Sound, you will find the toggle for Visualize Sound Effects. This is set to off by default, so simply turn it on, hit Apply, and you are done.

Why Are Visual Sound Effects Not Showing In Fortnite

This is an uncommonly reported bug, and is not an issue with the effect itself. It seems that game audio can bug out and cause this problem to arise. The first thing you can try is turning the Visualize Sound Effects setting off and back on again. If the problem persists, restarting the game is your ultimate solution to this issue.


Why Use Visual Sound Effects In Fortnite

Emote close to an opponent in this Fortnite My Hero Academia challenge in Week 2.Visual sound effects add helpful onscreen indicator icons to a color-coded radial placed in the center of the screen around the aim reticle. This can be a helpful accessibility feature for folks that are hard of hearing or deaf, as well as people that either do not want to or cannot wear headphones while playing the game. It can also prove useful in tournaments when there is just so much blaring on over both game audio and voice chat, that you miss actually vital audio cues.

Visual sound effects can give users an unfair advantage over players that use audio exclusively, as the range at which the visual audio system picks up and displays events is longer than what players would normally hear it from, even after the last nerf.

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Among the icons you will see are:

  • Gunfire
  • Footsteps
  • Crouched Footsteps
  • Driving
  • Chests
  • Player Healing
  • Ziplines
  • Gliders

Why Use Visual Sound Effects In LEGO Fortnite

In LEGO Fortnite, visual sound effects are especially useful for hunting particular enemies, be they Skeletons or Brutes. Just like in regular Fortnite, you will be able to locate and identify threats from much further away, instead of just relying on audio cues.

Overall, visual sound effects are a highly effective Fortnite gameplay feature that players should definitely turn on and make use of, regardless of whether they can hear well or not. If there is one reason to keep it off, that would be because of how distracting it can be, especially in firefights, as it clutters up the screen around targets.

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