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PUBG announces Xbox update, promises performance and gameplay improvements

Published: 16:48, 13 January 2018
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PUBG may not have had the best of starts on Xbox but PUBG Corp’s steady stream of updates is looking to address that. The company announced the latest one on the forums, promising fixes and improvements to 3 million of its players. Yes, PUBG already exceeded 3 million Xbox players, despite shoddy performance.

The devs say they are “pushing a fix for an in-game issue that was undermining the core experience for some players” and have decided to bundle it with a few improvements as well. So, pistols will now be grouped with melee weapons and removed from Y button rotation. Furthermore, players will now be able to equip them by pressing up on the D pad.

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Devs say that as far as optimisation goes, they continued improvements related to rubber banding, although we must admit we’ll believe it when we see it. After all, the root of this issue lies elsewhere so we don't really expect it to be "fixed" per se.

The patch will also improve server performance while parachuting, a move that most likely stems from the . Namely, decreasing draw distance when players are flying in the air apparently worked wonders for server client communication and, in turn, fixed some in-game jerkiness.

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The update will also add new controller presets to the option menu and fixes several bugs, including the invulnerability bug. Additionally, the company announced that the next patch will be fixing issues where players can’t switch grenade types or switch weapons when dropping objects.

Ultimately, it appears that PUBG’s appeal knows no bounds and neither all the bugs in the world, nor all 30…..ish frames could prevent it from hitting 1 million Xbox players in the first 48 hours. It didn't take long to triple this figure either and PUBG before it was done with the old year. Seriously, never mind the gambling accusations, somebody start opening PUBGholics anonymous clinics. 

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