Fortnite update finally adds Preferred Item Slots ahead of Bugha’s Late Game mode

The new Fortnite 3.23 (17.20) update today is being rolled out across PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and more, with Epic Games revealing what’s included in this new update’s patch notes. The Fortnite patch is available to download following the game’s server downtime today, with Epic adding in the long-requested Preferred Item Slots feature as it prepares for its upcoming Bugha’s Late Game mode. The update version number is 3.23 on PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, 17.20 on PC, and 1.000.034 on PS5

What’s new in the Fortnite 3.23 update patch notes?

The new Fortnite 3.23 update adds in Preferred Item Slots, allowing players to manage their inventories more effectively. The list of new additions and fixes as noted by Epic is below:

  • This is the update that introduces the previously-announced Preferred Item Slots setting.
  • Arena playlists will be disabled starting July 19 at 10:00 PM ET (July 20 at 02:00 UTC). We plan to have them available again after downtime has ended, but there may be a delay.
  • Career statistics may stop updating shortly before downtime begins, but they should be accurate once downtime ends.
  • We’ve heard reports from players that the “Deploy Alien Nanites anywhere other than Holly Hatchery” Quest is not tracking progress properly. We plan to auto-complete this Quest with the release of v17.20.

Preferred Item Slots are a big change for Fortnite, with players now able to create a preset that will automatically put certain items in certain places in their inventory. This means that if you wish to have a sniper rifle at the start of your inventory, you can now choose to do so, giving you quick access to the weapons you use the most.

Server downtime was announced by Epic this morning in preparation for the new update, with servers set to go back online in the next few hours. Additionally, Epic revealed that Bugha’s Late Game mode will roll out shortly following this new update, a brand new competition held in honor of the 2019 World Cup Solo Champion that will allow players to compete for cash prizes from July 20 to July 28.

In other news, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant was revealed yesterday, lifting the lid on Ubisoft’s free-to-play arena shooter. Nintendo also revealed that it won’t be releasing a Switch Pro in the near future, despite the disappointment surrounding the Switch OLED.