So, the latest update for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has gone live on Xbox One this week, but what does that mean for your gameplay? Observant battlers may already have noticed one major change; where the deuce has the familiar starting area gone? Let’s find out what matters and what doesn’t in this latest performance enhancing patch for PUBG.
Update 9 has some serious nuggets of awesomeness if you care to look for them. Among our favourites are:
Multiple starting locations: That’s right; instead of being all bundled together in one big, crowded lag-fest, players will now start in multiple locations, which should go somewhere towards avoiding performance drop on the PUBG server.
Lower accidental damage: Who wants to lose massive health from tripping over a rock? Not us, we said, and PUBG listened. Rocks, trees and uneven terrain will no longer cause excessive damage, making it easier to move around without worry.
Bug fixes: You’ll be thrilled to hear that all the random teleporting and dying should be ironed out now. Similarly, the Red Zone will no longer disappear immediately after it starts and, joy of joys, the water sound effects are apparently improved.
In general, all these updates are really to bring the Xbox platform in line with the PC build currently in use. However, the two ecosystems are still very much separate. Boo.
As well as the exciting stuff, the update squashed a bunch of bugs in the system to improve the UX and gameplay. These are nice, some are necessary, but most are simply yawnsome. Things like being able to use the right thumbstick to rotate your character model in the customisation menu. Great, but really, who cares? The energy drink has been redesigned, again interesting, but not really groundbreaking dev work there.
There are also all sorts of bug fixes which you’ll be happy about if you’ve ever encountered them, but somewhat ‘meh’ if you haven’t. Things like missing stairs, doors that wouldn’t open, terrain where you would become stuck, objects floating in the air… Obviously irritants, and good work to the PUBG team for getting them ironed out. If you’re keen to know all the ins and outs, you can read the full patch notes on the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds forum.
Despite lots of work to bring the console version of the game in line with the PC offering, there is still no new map on offer. That’s right, Miramar remains a PC exclusive, which was something we really hoped would be opened up to Xbox players with this patch. No doubt you’re disappointed with this, as are we, but it seems the developers are keen to make Erangel absolutely perfect before moving on to a new location. Still, while you’re stuck with Erangel as the only option, it makes sense to make the best of it. Try our interactive map to find loot, buildings, location tracking and more, and all completely free! Download our PUBG interactive map here.
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