The two big battle royale sensations are now available on mobile devices, and in general, both do a commendable job of condensing the console and PC experience down into something that can fit in your pocket or be played on the bus. There can only be one winner, though. Get ready for one hell of a survivalist scrap… Fortnite vs PUBG: Gameplay 100 players enter, one leaves. When it comes right down to the core, PUBG and Fortnite are indecipherable shades of grey. Skilled players can achieve impressive feats with these constructible objects — like combining ramps to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Building adds a welcome tactical layer to Fortnite, and constructing a fortress then cowering behind multiple barricades is as valid a tactic as trying to aggressively outgun rivals. Cars, vans, bikes, and even boats all appear in Battlegrounds, and the touchscreen controls for each handle surprisingly well. As similar as the core gameplay loops are, when it comes to the mobile versions, I definitely prefer how PUBG handles. Moving around the environment, opening doors, and vaulting through windows feels more assured and precise in Battlegrounds, and I feel a good deal more comfortable steering my survivor about than I do in Fortnite. Aiming weapons is also a darned sight easier in PUBG Mobile, thanks to a generous aim-assist that makes lining up enemies in your sights a relative doddle. By comparison, I really struggle to consistently hit players in Fortnite, and generally feel the overly jittery touchscreen controls makes shooting folk far more difficult than it should be. Turns out, the game actually fills early matches with bots to ease you into the experience. Rest assured, by the time you hit level 10, the difficulty soon ramps up, with the human-to-player ratio increasing dramatically. Still, even when I hit level 11 and beyond, I found I was regularly making the top 20 in PUBG Mobile — something I attribute in part to the bot-tastic gentle learning curve. Fortnite mobile does have a key weapon under its shooty sleeve, though: it supports cross-platform progress. This means you can carry over your character and rank from the portable edition to the console and PC versions. Cowardice can be a Chicken Dinner-winning tactic in PUBG. Winner: PUBG Fortnite vs PUBG: Performance This is a tricky one. Technically, Fortnite is the slightly smoother of the two, but PUBG Mobile gives you more options to tweak performance. On my 2017 model iPad Pro, Battlegrounds is stable, and more to the point, looks more sophisticated than Fortnite. Both titles target 30fps, and to my frame-obsessed peepers, I rarely noticed any significant dips below that target from either game. The ever expert technical gurus over at recently did a deep dive analysis of Fortnite on several iOS devices, and although it found performance sticks closely to 30fps across multiple iPhones, the likes of the iPhone 6 drastically cuts back on lighting and texture quality compared to the iPhone X in ensure a stable frame rate. When you first boot up the game, it detects your hardware level, then chooses between a low, medium and high preset depending on the strength of your device — my Apple-endorsed tablet ran the latter setting without issue. For me, running the game at the high fps setting produced stable performance, though the game is up front that upping this parameter increases battery usage. I also set graphics to HD rather than Smooth, Balanced or Ultra HD , and found this produced a good balance between decent visuals and stable performance. Still, with a powerful tablet, PUBG Mobile can bizarrely run rings around its console sibling. Winner: Fortnite Fortnite vs PUBG: Microtransactions While both PUBG Mobile and Fortnite Mobile are free-to-play, they do contain microtransactions — try not to drop that monocle into your tumbler of port in shock. The key difference here is that, in Fortnite, you have to part with actual human money to buy cosmetic items, such as skins and emotes, with a currency Epic calls V-Bucks. For context, the average crate usually costs around 700BP, or 1400 if you choose to open another one straight away. Microtransactions may be about as popular as a deep-fried panda burger on an otherwise all vegan menu, but at least neither battle royale can be accused of pay-to-win practices. Of course, the very fact PUBG Mobile has no paid microtransactions automatically makes it the default winner. For context, 1,000 V-Bucks in Fortnite will cost you £9. Believe it or not, I actually like Fortnite a whole lot more than PUBG when it comes to the two consoles versions. But with the mobile ports, I genuinely prefer Battlegrounds. But make no mistake: both Fortnite mobile and PUBG Mobile are two of the best conversions to grace portable platforms in years. Overall winner: PUBG Mobile.