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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:

  • 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.

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.

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).

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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Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal

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A known cheater in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds managed to get hit by the banhammer while he was streaming live on Twitch, creating a wave of cheers among community members.

The Twitch account under question goes by the name of ‘vesprine,’ but the player himself is widely known in PUBG lobbies and online communities for perpetually making new accounts just to use cheats.

“He keeps resurfacing. Same guy over and over. He tries to join Plausible and gets insta-banned,” Reddit user ‘The-Basic-Bro’ said. “He needs a hardware ban at this point. He legitimately cheats non-stop… He has joined looking for squad groups on Reddit and the last two times I have called him out and disgraced him and had him banned.”

While some players want to see more stringent action taken against the player, PUBG Community Manager who goes by ‘Hawkinz’ did his part to stymie the cheater’s effect on the game.

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PUBG has come a long way since its launch, but hackers have still been a major problem.

During one of his streams, the player had resurfaced to show off more PUBG gameplay supplemented by the use of in-game hacks.

In the middle of his broadcast, he got a notification in PUBG that read: “Restricted Account – Your session will be terminated due to use of hacks.” Though not much has survived the Twitch account since he was banned, a screengrab by user ‘701dirty’ immortalized Hawkinz’s incredible response as the moment played out.

According to 701Dirty, the ban happened shortly after over a hundred people clipped and reported the streamer while he was playing.

“A few hours later over 100 people clipping and (saying) they got one of his accounts,” 701Dirty wrote. “I saw him have two accounts banned after matches and he tried logging into several already banned accounts… crazy.”

Cheater banned in real time from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Since its launch, PUBG’s servers have been swarming with hackers that have put a damper on the once-dominant battle royale.

The developers have issued multiple ban waves since the game’s launch in 2017, but are still combating the prevalence of cheaters years later.

Unfortunately, unless more meaningful action against PUBG’s hackers is taken, players like vesprine are going to continue to ruin matches, get banned, then reappear under another name.