PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds released into Xbox Game Preview yesterday on Microsoft’s consoles and players are discovering that the experience is less than ideal. While it may be a Game Preview title, it suffers from massive frame-rate problems across both the Xbox One and Xbox One X, where it received some visual enhancements.
Digital Foundry did an analysis of the game running on both consoles and found that while the Xbox One X has an advantage at times of around 5-10 frames per second, it still dips well below 30FPS. There are times where it hits close to 10FPS on both systems, and neither can hold a constant 30FPS for a prolonged period. Needless to say, this makes for a choppy experience.
Though its performance is rough, Digital Foundry revealed that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds running on Xbox One X hits full 4K resolution, and its textures are noticeably better compared to its Xbox One counterpart.
“PUBG is indeed enhanced for Xbox One X, and although we’ve only had time for a cursory comparison, the improvements are substantial. First of all, native rendering resolution jumps from 1080p up to full 4K. Secondly, texture detail gets a significant upgrade – it’s still far off the standards set by most console titles, but it’s clearly a massive upgrade compared to what’s served up for base Xbox users. Additionally, foliage draw distance also gets a big, big boost on Microsoft’s 4K console.”
Seeing as Microsoft currently isn’t offering a one-hour free trial for the game, be sure you know what you’re buying before purchasing it. It’s apparent that PUBG has a long way to go before it’s well optimized and stable.