The insanely popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is now available on mobile devices in many regions including the United States following its beta testing in Canada. Just like the Xbox One and PC versions, the PUBG Mobile is a multiplayer shooter game that pits 100 players against one another, and your objective is to be the last one standing. It is one of the most stressful games out there.
PUBG Mobile download links
Unlike the Xbox One and PC versions, the PUBG Mobile is free of charge. Tencent Games, the developer behind the title, claims that it is a “faithful adaptation” of the PC game. The game is roughly 900MB in size. The PUBG Mobile is now available for download on both Android and iOS. You can download the Android version from here and the iOS version here.
PUBG Mobile brings several mobile optimizations such as voice chat for squad communication, new on-screen controls, and the option to auto-pick up items, and aim assist. Tencent Games’ Corporate Vice-President Chen Jerry said that a lot of work had gone into “controls and optimization” to give players a “smooth and intuitive experience.” It was rolled out in the US after receiving “large amounts of positive feedback” following beta tests in Canada.
The PUBG Mobile requires iOS 9.0 or later on iPhone 5S or later. The Android version of the game supports more than 500 different devices from various vendors. It requires Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or later with at least 2GB RAM. You’ll also need a reliable Internet connection to play the game. The game is rated 17-plus. It runs Unreal Engine 4 and boasts of “powerful anti-cheating mechanisms.”
PUBG Mobile arrives in the US just days after the rollout of its rival multiplayer game Fortnite. Fortnite has become incredibly popular in most countries, topping the iTunes charts in 47 countries. Even though Fortnite is available only on an invite-only basis, players have so far spent more than a million dollars on in-app purchases. Fortnite has also benefited from promotions by rapper Drake.
PUBG Mobile Guide
If you haven’t played the PUBG on a touchscreen device before, here’s your guide to getting started. There are three modes in the game: solo mode, duo mode, and squad mode. You can choose the mode of your choice to start the battle royale. The goal in each mode is to be the last one standing. You can login to the game via your Facebook account or as a guest. Your progress will still be saved if you play as a guest. You can also choose to customize the character if you like.
There is a start button on the top left of the main screen. Tap on the button to start the battle. Since you’ll have no clothes in the beginning, you can buy them using battle points or coins, but that’s not necessary.
You are recommended to customize the settings before you start playing. Go to settings and enable Aim Assist that would help you aim easier. Turn on Healing Prompt to get the best possible recovery option. You can also customize graphics as per your taste or to reduce battery consumption. There are four graphics setting options: smooth, balance, HD, and ultra HD.
Coming to controls, go to settings to customize the controls for your character as well as for the vehicle. The status bar appears on the top left of the screen to show you how many players are alive. Your health status is shown at the bottom of the screen. If it’s white, you have no reason to worry. But if it’s red, it’s an indication that you aren’t in good health. The bag option appears on the bottom left of the screen. All the items you pick are stored in the bag. You can use any item from within the bag by tapping on it.
The map appears at the top right side of the screen. You can tap and zoom in to locate your friends, safe zone, and red zone. Just tap on “Mark my location” to keep track of where you are on the map.
PUBG Mobile tips and tricks
1- Find a good landing spot
You start the battle with nothing. You have to find the necessary supplies, weapons, and ammo to be able to survive in the game. It all begins with a good landing spot. Try to land close to buildings. Once you jump, you can navigate your character using the joy-stick.
2- Use the map to navigate
Tap on the on-screen map and zoom in to see the safe zone, your location, and the red zone. Get out of the red zone if you happen to be there. Try to be in the safe zone as much as possible. If the safe zone keeps shrinking, try to use fences, trees, and bushes as cover.
3- Auto run
Auto run makes it easier to traverse the ground. When your character is running using the on-screen analog stick, you’ll notice a green icon ahead of your thumb. Just drag to it and let go to enable auto run. It will also open the doors automatically unless someone else as closed it.
4- Auto loot
Your character will automatically loot the supplies, weapons, painkillers, and other items.
5- Fire mode
PocketGamer points out that characters that appear to the left of your gun at the bottom of the screen are buttons that allow you to change the fire mode from single fire to burst or auto fire.
6- Free look
If you are running with the auto run, grab and hold the eye icon below the map and drag it around to be able to get a free look without having to change your direction.
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