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June PUBG update for console revealed - early patch notes, release date and more

by Paul Cotton

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PUBG Corp. have shared details of the upcoming update for Xbox One and PS4, including weapon mastery, a new controller preset and map changes to both Erangel and Vikendi.

The next PUBG update, which will presumably be numbered as Xbox #8 and PS4 #5, is scheduled for June 27.

Weapon mastery hits console

PC players have been testing out the weapon mastery system since late April. It is a new progression system within PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that focuses on each weapon.

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Console players finally get to try the new weapon mastery system...

The system will act as an avenue for players to improve their weapon skills with each gun having its own separate progression path. Kills and damage with a particular gun will allow players to climb the ranks on their way to actual weapon mastery.

It is an extensive system that will take a lot of hard work and time to complete. There are 10 mastery tiers, with each comprised of 10 levels, to make 100 levels in total.

A handy screen at the end of each game will enable you to keep track of progress. The data it provides is comprehensive, showing stats such as knock downs, damage and kills.


Changes to Erangel and Vikendi

The remastered graphics of Erangel, added to PC versions in the latest Test Server update, aren't coming to console just yet, but loot changes are being introduced.

The overall spawn rate of ARs, DMRs and SRs increase, which should address players' complaints about the lack of loot on Erangel in comparison to newer maps. While this opinion isn't universally shared, the developers have taken note and adjusted the loot accordingly.

Also, there is good news for players who feel they don't get to play the iconic Erangel enough, as it is randomly selected when going into a game. From June 27, Erangel will be a featured map, meaning you can choose to play it whenever you want.

Another controller preset

Finally, a third controller preset has been added, giving players even more options than before. When PUBG was first released on console, players were disappointed to find that traditional CoD controls weren't an option. Developers quickly realized their mistake though and introduced controller preset B, which allowed you to aim down sights by holding L2.

By the time they made this change, many players had become accustomed to tapping L2 to ADS. This means even now there is no preferred controller set up among the community.

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This third option – controller preset C – will change leaning left and right from L3 and R3 to the bumper buttons at the top. The proposed change is an interesting one as few players have complained about the current setup.

Nevertheless, more options should be welcomed as it gives players more choice. The new controller preset will also bring additional changes but these details have yet to be released.