PUBG Console Versions Will Finally Hit 60FPS for Some Players
PUBG Corp. has announced that console players will finally enjoy a much smoother battle royale experience overall soon as those platforms’ performance will finally reach the coveted PUBG 60FPS necessary for a game like this.
PUBG 60FPS Performance Is Coming to Some Consoles
The PUBG 60FPS performance will finally land on consoles very soon. It will be one of the main features of the update 9.1 on PS4 and Xbox One. This is a massive new patch for the battle royale game that changes how the game runs on console.
Well, the new update changes things, at least for some players on console. The improved frame rate to PUBG 60FPS instead of the usual 30FPS is a welcome and long-awaited change. However, it comes with a catch that will disappoint some users.
The problem is that only some of the console platforms will benefit from the new PUBG 60FPS performance. Only the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will be able to enjoy the updated frame rate that should make the battle royale game a whole lot smoother online.
If you are someone (like this writer) who has a base PS4 and Xbox One from the launch of those systems or even the slim versions of the consoles, you will not be able to check out the new frame rate when update 9.1 drops today for both PS4 and Xbox One.
How the Improved Frame Rate Works on Consoles
This PUBG 60FPS performance is only available through the Framerate Priority settings on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X platforms. This will lift the new frame rate cap on those systems to 60, but it will come at the cost of capping the screen resolution to 1080p.
While this is unfortunate for the other platforms, PUBG Corp. is investigating the potential of bringing this updated frame rate to the other console devices, but no specifics were shared. We may never see this come to the other platforms.
The positive part of this is the upcoming release of the next generation of consoles: PS5 and Xbox Series X. While PUBG hasn’t been announced for those platforms (even though we would like to see that), the backwards compatible version of PUBG will likely target 60 frames-per-second.
But there is room for potential problems when it comes to the Xbox Series S given how it doesn’t use Xbox One X performance in some cases. We will have to wait for confirmation regarding all of these new systems. But this is only one part of the new update. Here is everything else that we know.
Update 9.1 Start Dates
If you are reading this right now, you can check out the new PUBG update 9.1 patch for players to download and install. Well, that is if you are on the public test server on consoles. The public test server is still relatively new to consoles, but it is available on both PS4 and Xbox One.
If the PUBG 60FPS changes or the other ones below are interesting to you, hop into the public test server and check out the changes now. It is available on both Xbox One and PS4’s test servers, which can be found only by those who already own the game.
For those of you on Google Stadia, there is no public test server at this time, so you will have to wait for the full release on the live servers of Season 9 for you to check this stuff out. While the update and new season begins now on the public test realm, it is coming to the live servers pretty soon.
The new season and all of the content in the new update 9.1 will come likely on Oct. 29. We know that the maintenance schedule is set for Oct. 28 at 10 p.m. PT through 4 a.m. PT on Oct. 29. The Season 9 update will likely drop right after that, but maintenance could go on for a little longer if something comes up. Regardless, you only have just over a week or so to wait for this new update.
Paramo Arrives on Consoles
Besides the new frame rate for consoles, the other major change in this update is a brand new map. That’s right, the sixth map has arrived in PUBG for consoles and is known as Paramo. This new map is located in South America and is one of the smaller ones.
Paramo joins the smaller maps as the latest three by three maps and will be separate from the new season’s normal matchmaking pool. Players will be able to queue up for it directly so that you can see this new volcano-themed map for the first time.
This seasonal match exclusive version of the map will have bots disabled and will not count at all towards your career stats, which is unfortunate. But this will give you a good season’ s-worth of time to figure out the good places on the Paramo map and where you like to visit.
It will also have the battle stat feature disabled, but you will still complete your missions and challenges while on this map. The first-person perspective will only be available in the North America and Europe regions, though, so keep that in mind.
It is a three by three map that has dynamic map locations. Due to this map’s smaller size, there will only be 64 players in each match of Paramo. There are no red zones. The blue zone will only shrink rather slowly but deals more damage than other maps if you stay in it.
Oddly enough, for Paramo’s launch, only the motorcycle will be available on the map. It is typically near the small villages, so grab it if you need to zip around this new small map quickly.
One of the most important parts of the Paramo map is that it will have dynamic map locations in every match that players are in. Major landmarks and parts of it will change in every new match you do to have different experiences from every match to match.
There are active volcanoes that are throughout the Paramo map. They will present a brand new hazard for you to deal with. If you step into it, this will deal 10 damage per second to the player. Even riding your motorcycle into the lava will destroy the vehicle, so watch out for that.
There are new boxes that will spawn in some houses. If you destroy them, you will be able to find multiple loot pieces to check out. Players will be jumping from helicopters onto the map. These helicopters will continue to drop cargo throughout the match.
It will drop the cargo outside of the play area, which makes collecting the loot a problem. However, you can get around this by shooting at the helicopters and drop the cargo early if you shoot it enough.
There is one significant change that many players will likely be happy about when it comes to the new ranked series: there is now a solo queue for battle royale ranked. If you don’t have a team to party up with or want to go solo, this ranked mode is just for you.
With the start of ranked series 9, you will receive the past season’s rewards based on how you did last season. As always, your rank will be softly reset this season, so your final rank in Season 8 will affect where you start this new one.
After five matches, you will have your initial placement for the season. You will have to climb the board from there. When it comes to the solo matches, it follows many of the same patterns that the regular squad ranked matches do: 64 players, no red zones, more loot, third-person only, and Erangel, Miramar, Vikendi, and Sanhok as maps.
You won’t be seeing the recently released map as part of the ranked series for a long time, most likely since Karakin hasn’t even joined the ranked maps yet. When it comes to determining your rank this season, points earned per kill and assist increased by 50%.
As for Sanhok, there are some adjustments to only its blue zone since a lot of players die in the second circle of the match compared to the other three. The size and waiting time of phase two increased. The dynamic blue zone mechanic is gone. These changes only affect ranked Sanhok.
As for every general map in ranked, there are increased spawns of assault rifle and DMR magazines, some of the sights, and canted sights. Meanwhile, 2x and 3x sights, handgun and SMG magazines, and general handgun spawns decreased.
From now on, esports vehicle spawn locations will now always spawn a vehicle for players to jump in. Last but not least, the MG3 has been added to the care packages on all maps.
Season 9 Survivor Pass and Weapon Changes
There are no new ones per usual when it comes to weapons this season, but there are some major changes to some of the existing weapons. Based on players’ feedback, it is clear that there are two weapons that players have a lot of problems with being too powerful: Beryl M762 and SLR.
As such, both of these guns will be getting some key changes this season to balance them out better. First off is the Beryl M762 that will have a base damage decrease from 46 to only 44. Meanwhile, the recoil of the early spray of the gun has been increased both vertically and horizontally by 5%.
And last but not least, the min horizontal recoil has slightly increased. Overall, this should make the gun less powerful and harder to handle due to the recoil. On the other hand, the SLR has similarly received some damage reductions from 58 to now 56.
Also, the SLR now has increased recoil while the player is aiming down the sight by 5% more than before. And lastly, the bullet velocity loss has been increased by 15% when it comes to distance. It will make it harder to fire from far away and do less damage, so players should keep these changes in mind.
As always, a new season means that there is a new survivor pass to check out. In Season 9, this pass is known as Highlands. It focuses a lot on the new Paramo map. Unlike the past seasons, this one will only last for two months, instead of the usual.
This strange and sudden change accompanies the lower requirement for reaching the max of only level 50 to get all of its rewards. It makes it more like some mobile games like Call of Duty Mobile, which is interesting. It will cost 990 to purchase and earn you 1000 coins if you earn all rewards.
For more on everything included in Season 9, like the more minor changes and fixes, check out the full patch notes on the PUBG website.