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Fortnite Starter Pack, the Fortnite Mainframe Break Pack is the best deal you can get in the game

Fortnite Starter Pack Mainframe Break
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A fresh Fortnite Starter Pack has arrived in conjunction with the new battle royale season, and as always it represents a great value for money investment for those looking to top up their virtual wallet with some in-game cash. No matter if you're trying to get additional funds to unlock the latest Fortnite Season 2 Battle Pass, or you want to pick up the latest outfit or emote to make your locker complete, having some extra V-Bucks available on your account can make those in-game purchases happen without having to dip into your real money.

As we've come to expect by now, Epic has revealed the latest Fortnite Starter Pack for Chapter 3 Season 2 over every format including mobile (where available), so all players can enjoy the benefits of the deal. This Fortnite Mainframe Break Pack will set you back just $3.99/£3.19 and includes the Zoe Clash outfit, Sgt. Shiba back bling, Beep & Boop harvesting tool, Sticker 'Em Up wrap, and most importantly 600 V-Bucks to spend on microtransactions in Fortnite. You can check out what they look like below.

Fortnite Starter Pack - The Fortnite Mainframe Break Pack

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Even if you don't plan on equipping these new cosmetic items, this still represents a great value deal for in-game currency alone. There's no set date for how long this Fortnite Starter Pack will be available – the previous bundles were usually on the store for length of their corresponding seasons, though at the time of writing the Fortnite Voidlander pack is still available for purchase too – but it will be removed eventually, so if you're considering a purchase then don't wait too long before you commit.

I wasn't just guessing with that V-Bucks efficiency talk – here's how the math stacks up for each individual V-Bucks purchase Fortnite offers, taking into account total V-Bucks including "bonuses" for buying in bulk, and rounding to the nearest whole number:

  • 13,500 V-Bucks for $79.99 is 169 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 5,000 V-Bucks for $31.99 is 156 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 2,800 V-Bucks for $19.99 is 140 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 1,000 V-Bucks for $7.99 is 125 V-Bucks per dollar
  • 600 V-Bucks for $3.99 is 150 V-Bucks per dollar

The ratios work out similarly for GBP and other currencies. As you can see, the Fortnite Mainframe Break Pack gives you the most V-Buck buying power of any option under the 5,000 purchase – which is quite an investment in in-game currency, since you could also use that same amount of cash to buy a whole new game. Or perhaps just an irresponsible amount of pie, if you prefer.

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The Fortnite Mainframe Break Pack, on the other hand, is nestled comfortably in "impulse buy" territory even without the Zoe Clash outfit plus matching Sgt. Shiba back bling, Beep & Boop harvesting tool, and Sticker 'Em Up wrap. You can skydive into battle like a true hacker if you suit up in it.

Do note that the Fortnite Mainframe Break Pack can only be purchased once for each account, so it isn't an endless wellspring of in-game currency. And if you'd also like to buy the Battle Pass without grinding for the free Fortnite V-Bucks you occasionally earn, you'll still need to buy extra on top to reach the 950 V-Bucks asking price; in other words, if you're starting with this Fortnite Starter Pack, it won't actually save you any money on the Battle Pass. You can always use those extra V-Bucks to pick up more customisation items though, or put them toward your purchase of the next Battle Pass when Fortnite Season 3 lands in June.

Fortnite PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack

Fortnite Starter Pack PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack

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Don't forget, if you're a PS5 or PS4 player and PS+ subscriber then you can also grab the latest Fortnite PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack, which is free and includes the exclusive Snowtooth pickaxe, Snowsuited wrap, Ice Smile emoji, and Snowflake banner. Hey, it's always nice to get a little bonus, right?

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Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 400 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.