PUBG Will Be Playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X
PUBG Corp. has finally given us our first taste of details for PUBG on next-gen systems. While an officially PUBG next-gen version has not been announced at this time, players will still have the opportunity to check the battle royale game out on PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
PUBG Is Playable on Next-Gen Systems
In a recent blog post, the battle royale developer noted that the last few months have seen many community players wondering what the game is doing in terms of next-gen. The next generation of consoles are rapidly approaching, and we hadn’t heard anything about PUBG.
PUBG and Apex Legends are the only two major battle royale games that hadn’t revealed next-gen details, despite others like Fortnite and Call of Duty Warzone already addressing that. But now we know some aspects of the PUBG next-gen compatibility and how it will work on those platforms.
While there is no specific PUBG next-gen version that was announced, unfortunately, in the blog post, we do know that the battle royale game will work with all three systems of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. It will be fully available on all three of them on their launch days.
This isn’t surprising or game-changing since we already knew that you could play PUBG next-gen on those consoles through the backwards compatible nature. Both Sony and Microsoft are touting how you can play the previous generation of games on the new hardware.
PUBG Works Through Backwards Compatibility
This isn’t that surprising, but the extra details that the developer threw in there regarding this announcement are very welcome and exciting news. For those of you who opt to play PUBG next-gen from now on, you might be happy to know that you will be able to do so seamlessly.
This is because your PUBG account and your progress will completely carry over to the new hardware. So, if you are an avid PS4 player of the game and you purchase the PlayStation 5, you will be able to pick right back up where you left off with your same battle royale account.
This is at no extra cost and the same for the PUBG next-gen compatible version since it is just through backwards compatibility. Not only will you keep your stats, rank, and all of that, but you will be able to keep all of the precious cosmetic items and outfits that you have collected over time.
The same goes for Xbox One players who upgrade to the Xbox Series X or the all-digital and cheaper S. Also happening on day one of the new console launches, playing PUBG on next-gen hardware will also allow you to take full advantage of the cross-platform multiplayer.
Cross-Platform Multiplayer Is Included
PUBG will then be both cross-platform and cross-generation in terms of online multiplayer for the next-gen console versions. All players across PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series will be able to squad up with one another and battle against each other on the various PUBG maps.
This is great news since it will ensure that the potentially smaller player bases on the new hardware at first can benefit from the already existing players on the other two older platforms. This also means that everyone can still enjoy playing together on different systems.
Some players may have friends who could get a PS5 while others weren’t able to or are just waiting for more games to release for the new system in the future. Even though they are on different platforms, they will still play together in a squad as always.
That said, there are some differences between the three new next-gen consoles that you should know about. Most of this is good news, but it is somewhat bad news for certain next-gen players. When it comes to the PS5, everything will be mostly smooth, whether you have the digital version or not.
Most Next-Gen Platforms Can Use 60FPS
The PS5 will make full use of the PS4 Pro build of the PUBG game to play it through backwards compatibility. This means that you can use the new framerate priority option for the title that will release in the upcoming 9.1 update that is already available in the public test realm.
This new option allows the player to finally enjoy 60 frames-per-second on the new hardware for the first time ever. This will make the game feel and play how it should online, but users without the frame rate priority option (like on launch PS4s) will still be stuck with 30FPS.
The same can be said for the Xbox Series X version of the game that will include 60FPS optionally since it will be taking advantage of the Xbox One X version in backwards compatibility. But the problem is that the Xbox Series S will not have this option at launch.
Since it uses the Xbox One S build for playing older games, it will not have the new framerate option and run at only 30FPS. The developer is working towards making a higher frame rate possible, but we will have to wait and see.
According to the developer, testing has already been done on the new systems and it comes with some extra bonuses. There are little to no frame rate drops on the new hardware. There is faster loading, both of which are great news for battle royale players.
Xbox Series X/S players can check out PUBG at launch on Nov. 10 globally, while PS5 users in some territories can check it out on Nov. 12, with the rest of the world joining in on Nov. 19.