PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle royale game focused on scavenging weapons and using stealth or other tactics to be the last person alive. While the title has see unprecedented popularity on Steam and other platforms like the Xbox One, it still suffers from a lack of optimization. For example, even with one of the best NVIDIA cards out there, you frequently see drops down to 30 FPS at moderate settings. The base Xbox One version drops down even further, and the Xbox One X port doesn't take advantage of the added power in a meaningful way.
Despite these problems, it's considered a sensation and players can't get enough. If you still haven't played PUBG, you can get it for just $17 on Amazon for the next few days. Both the "Full Product Release" and "Game Preview Edition" are priced the same. This appears to be a Black Friday deal, but the retailer is known for running random promotions now and then.
A few months ago, developer Bluehole launched a campaign called "Fix PUBG". According to the company, "This is a phrase that we've been hearing a lot lately. Bugs, performance problems, and quality-of-life issues have been limiting PUBG's true potential, and you want it fixed. So we think it's time to do something about it." The team revealed a roadmap with specific goals like "Client Performance," "Server Performance," "Anti-Cheat," "Matchmaking," and "Quality of Life."
Yesterday, Bluehole announced that it was abandoning Fix PUBG and instead focusing on build stability and quality. According to a report by Eurogamer, the team said that "While this is the end of the Fix PUBG campaign, we will go forward in our development, improve our processes, and redouble our efforts with the lessons learned." It's unclear if build stability and quality refers to performance on consoles or other issues. Hopefully the frame rate and visual quality will be the focus here.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
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