PUBG has a new update on Xbox One, and it’s primarily focused on performance boosts, and some fairly minor code changes that have migrated to the live environment. The free-fall and parachuting process has been optimized, leading to performance improvements during the initial stages of each game. Data tracking the movement of nearby but out-of-sight players is now handled more efficiently, resulting in better overall performance – helping to prevent crashes throughout the game.
Missing from this particular update are the content additions featured in last week’s Test Server. In other words, while the game should run a bit smoother with update 13 installed, you’ll only be able to take advantage of the improvements on Erangel with the standard roster of guns. Considering how divisive Miramar has been on PC, some Xbox players may be OK with that. Improvements from the Miramar Test Server make the latest ‘PUBG’ Xbox update shine.
Of Bots, Mice, and Keyboards
When you play PUBG Mobile, you’re not playing JUST other PUBG Mobile gamers. Instead, as we’ve found, some players aren’t playing on their mobile devices. Other players aren’t players at all – they’re bots. It would appear that the game is only partially populated by real mobile users.
ON the other hand, we’ve heard users suggest that the bots the game might have are too smart. The game’s makers partnered with Tencent Games in China for its China-based release, and Tencent is responsible for the development of the mobile game. Tencent is responsible for some very big games, and they’ve most certainly used their own bot-based characters in games before, more than once. Tencent is such a massive game publisher that there’s no need for them to come out and comment on a situation like this, so very tiny to them in comparison with the rest of their business. The game is already massively successful on mobile, PC, and on Xbox and PS4.
The game doesn’t explicitly suggest that the user should not use a mouse or a keyboard to play. If you’ve got access to a PC and an Android emulator, you’ll have access to PUBG Mobile with a keyboard and mouse.
PUBG Global Invitational Hosts 20 Teams for $2M This Summer
Battle Royale games are continuing to settle into the esports ecosystem by the day, so it would make sense that one of the bigger ones is going to get a high-profile tournament later this year. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will offer one of the ultimate tournaments this year, with 20 teams gather in Berlin, Germany to duke it out for a $2 million prize pool. Teams will qualify by taking part in regional tournaments across North America, Europe, and Asia. This will be one of biggest PUBG tournaments to date, with PUBG having previously been featured at the Gamescom Invitational last summer and at both IEM Oakland and IEM Katowice. While the IEM tournaments were held in first-person view, the PUBG Global Invitational will feature separate tournaments for first and third-person perspective players.
PUBG esports may be in its infancy, but its already found a massive audience in China. According to the same Polygon report, more than five million concurrent viewers tuned in to the Gamescome Invitational on PandaTV. No word on which streaming service will be hosting the PUBG Global Invitational, but it’s looking likely that the PUBG fanbase will find a way to watch, wherever it’s being hosted.