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In-game message reveals more details about PUBG crossplay

Published: 24/Sep/2019 14:09 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 14:59

by Paul Cot

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is far from a new game yet fans continue to request crossplay be added to the popular battle royale game.

The PUBG development team heard these requests and subsequently confirmed the feature will be coming in October. We can expect an announcement confirming all the details soon but for the meantime this is what we know:

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  • Crossplay coming in “early October”
  • Available to test on PTS in late September
  • Console updates within two weeks of PC
  • Additional details coming soon

It’s important to note that crossplay with be between console platforms only. That means Xbox One and PS4 players will enter the same lobbies, while PC will remain separate.

This makes a lot of sense due to massive difference between how the games play on PC compared to console. The gun mechanics are very different between the two and PC players enjoy far better performance in terms of responsiveness and frame rate.

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Crossplay won’t bring everything

While details online remain sparse, eagle-eyed PUBG players, who play on either Xbox One or PS4, may have noticed an interesting message at the bottom of the main lobby screen.

“Cross Platform Play is coming to PUBG! Please be aware that Cross Party, Friend List, Voice Chat and Custom Match between platforms are currently not supported.”

The in-game announcement can be seen on the bottom-right hand side of the screen…

The message casts some doubt over the impact crossplay will have, at least in terms of a streamlined experience when playing with friends on a different console. Let’s say you’re a PS4 player who wants to play with someone on Xbox – in layman’s terms this indicates that you won’t be able to enter a private chat, game chat or each other on a friend list.

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This means if you have a friend on the opposite console then playing with them may be tricky. It appears crossplay will be used to boost lobby numbers rather than facilitate friends who are on different consoles.

An apparent lack of custom games between Xbox One and PS4 is also a little disappointing as this all but eliminates the potential for competitive play between the two. Whether this can or will change remains to be seen.

Good news for FPP players

While this may take the shine of the upcoming announcement, there’s one major boost. A hardcore contingent of the PUBG community have been ruing the gradual demise of FPP (first-person perspective).

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Due to the game’s default mode being TPP (third person perspective) the numbers for the former have slowly dwindled to the point where full lobbies are a rarity.

However, the fact that lobbies will now be shared between the two consoles gives a huge ‘adrenaline syringe’ in the arm of FPP players. The popular mode could return with full lobbies without the never ending wait times chicken dinner hunters are accustomed to.

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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