How to turn on visual sound effects in Fortnite

How to turn on visual sound effects in Fortnite
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31st Aug 2023 14:34

If you're hearing impaired, can't have the volume on high or have no headphones, then you're going to need to know how to turn on the visual sound effects in Fortnite. The visual sound effects show the direction of where sound is coming from on your screen, and even if you don't need them on, they're still a great way to gain an advantage.

The game was first released in 2017 and really kicked off a wave of popular Battle Royale games with Apex Legends and Warzone. Fortnite still has an edge over some of the others though because of its ability to be accessible to everyone, with features like this.

Here is all you need to know about turning on visual sound effects in Fortnite.

How to turn on visual sound effects in Fortnite

How To Turn On Visual Sound Effects On Fortnite
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Turning on the sound visualisation setting is a really good way of keeping track of enemies easier, as you no longer need to just listen out for them, and can instead follow the circles that originate from the source of the sound.

To do this, you need to enable an audio setting called "Visualize Sound Effects". We'll show you how to enable this below:

  1. Navigate to the settings menu by pressing the three lines icon at the top left of the home screen
  2. In the row at the top, select the sound icon, which is the seventh button
  3. Scroll down to the 'Sound' section and set "Visualize Sound Effects" to on
  4. Save and apply the settings, and it will be enabled

This setting will produce different coloured circles at the source of the sound for the player to track, with different colours representing different noises.

It's an excellent setting for those who are hard of hearing or can't concentrate enough to differentiate sounds and their locations. Here is what each coloured ring represents:

  • White Rings - Footsteps, vehicles, and animal sounds
  • Gold Rings - Chest sounds
  • Orange/Red Rings - Gunshots or explosions

Now you know how to turn on visual sound effects on Fortnite, and you can use this setting to improve your gameplay performance by tracking enemies more easily. 

For everything else, check out our Fortnite homepage.

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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