Fortnite Players Can Now Make House party Video Calls – Here’s How
Fortnite is leveraging the acquisition of House party from Epic Games to bring video chats to Epic Games’ popular battle royale title. In June of last year, Epic Games acquired the House party group video chat app and it was finally integrated into the studio’s most popular game over a year later. Starting today, House party will allow Fortnite players to connect with friends and family via video chat as they pursue a coveted ‘Victory Royale’ in-game. It should be noted that the House party app must be installed on a smartphone or tablet for the feature to work.
Epic games announced in a blog post that he House party Only video chat function can be accessed Fortnite gamers on PC, Playstation 5 or Playstation 4. There is no news yet on whether and when the feature will be available for more platforms.
For the feature to work, your smartphone or tablet must have the House party app installed. The Android or iOS device essentially becomes a webcam to use during video chat. When a chat is enabled, you can see your friends’ faces on the screen and continue chatting with them while playing Fortnite.
Of course, your Epic and House party accounts must be linked for the feature to work. As an incentive to link the two accounts, you’ll unlock a special Rainbow Mist Wrap to customize your weapon or vehicle. For players on platforms other than PC or PlayStation, Epic is also giving away a free Rainbow Fog Wrap. All you need to do is play five games with your friends between November 20 and November 26. A free Wrap will be delivered to your account on December 4, Epic announced in the blog post.
In an interesting feature, when there is a video chat, the video feed of you and your friends will be cropped around the face, with a colorful background that matches the bright palette that Fortnite is famous for.
How to set up video chat in Fortnite
Follow these simple steps to quickly set up or join a video chat session:
- Open the House party app on your device.
- Connect to Fortnite via the Settings or TV icon.
- Invite your friends to join you or join them on a call.
- Launch Fortnite on PC or on your PlayStation console.
- Chat with your friends while you play while watching them on the screen.
For security reasons, House party’s video chat service is restricted to players 13 years of age and older. Only your House party friends can join the video chat. Players will also have the option to block people or limit the number of participants on the call.