PUBG will be arriving on next-gen consoles day-one with cross-gen and cross-platform play
The grandfather of the battle-royale genre, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, is officially coming to next-gen consoles. After devastating launches on the PS4 and Xbox One plagued with performance issues and bugs, the expectation is that PUBG, like many other games, will receive a huge performance boost from the powerful hardware in next-gen consoles. Looking at an official announcement on the game’s site though, it seems like PUBG will be passing over any massive improvements in favor of bog-standard stability and consistent FPS.
PUBG will be arriving on both next-gen consoles day-one and will support cross-generation and cross-platform play, so you’ll be able to squad up with any other console playing friends regardless of what machine they’re using. That being said, the game’s performance will depend heavily on which platform players pick, and whether they make use of an upcoming “framerate priority option.”
By using this option, the game will run at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X and PS5. On the Xbox Series S, players will be locked at 30 FPS, although developer Bluehole is “working to provide an option to raise the framerate cap” on both the Xbox Series S and Xbox One S.
The framerate priority option will also be coming to current-gen consoles with the game’s October 9.1 update, although it’s not clear if that means the PS4 and Xbox One will see the same performance for PUBG as their next-gen counterparts. In all, the benefits that PUBG will be getting from its leap to next-gen are pretty lackluster. The lack of any reference to resolution options in this announcement also stands out – there’s no indication that the game will be able to run at anything above 1080p while using the framerate priority option.
PUBG also recently launched its ninth season with a new map titled Paramo. Set on an island with an active volcano, the map is ever-changing throughout the course of a game.