PUBG, PUBG Mobile will run on Microsoft Azure, plays on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S day one

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Image credit: PUBG Corporation)

What you need to know

  • PUBG is a popular battle royale game that helped begin the trend of nonstop battle royale titles.
  • It's fallen a bit in popularity due to the rise of games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, but still enjoys a large playerbase.
  • PUBG, including PUBG Mobile, is officially migrating to Microsoft Azure, which promises increased security and privacy.
  • In case you missed it, PUBG will also be available on the Xbox Series X|S day one, with improved performance.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) was one of the first games to popularize the now mainstream "battle royale" genre, which drops a ton of players onto a map and has them scavenge for gear and weapons, and battle it out to be the last player (or team) standing. Many other games have arrived and challenged PUBG, but the game still maintains a sizeable playerbase, especially with its mobile port on Android and iOS. A new report from Premier Games Press Centre reveals how Krafton Inc., the parent company behind PUBG and other products, is working with Microsoft to host its entire portfolio on Microsoft Azure.

PUBG was already running on Azure, at least on the Xbox, but this now expands to every PUBG version on PC, console, and (most notably), mobile. With Microsoft Azure, Krafton Inc. hopes to offer superior security and privacy with its products, something that's best achieved with Microsoft's cloud-based solution. Azure is one of the biggest cloud platforms in the world, and hosts many of the top games and services, including Minecraft, which recently completed its migration.

In related news, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are launching to the world today, and PUBG will be playable on the Xbox Series X|S day one. Because of a recent update in October, PUBG will be able to run at a stable 60fps on the Xbox Series X, something the game has always struggled with on consoles. In November, PUBG will also release an update allowing the Xbox Series S to push 60fps as well, albeit at a lower resolution. If you lamented the performance issues with PUBG on consoles, next-gen's more powerful CPU's appear to have finally fixed them.

You can check where to buy the Xbox Series X|S here, if you haven't been able to nab one yet. As for PUBG, it's available directly from Xbox ($20 at Microsoft, but it's also available through Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost, if you want to give it a try.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.