There is little doubt that PUBG has been the gaming phenomenon that has stricken gamers, so much so that it has over 300,000 people playing the game at any time. The game has managed to break concurrent player records each month on Steam, and doesn’t look to be stopping its meteoric rise anytime soon. The test server alone has managed to find itself on the Most Played list, even if player progress doesn’t carry over when the full game releases. What’s more, it won the Best Multiplayer award at this year’s Game Awards recently too.
PUBG hit the Xbox One Preview program recently, and would be assumed to thrive on the Xbox One X, given the power of the machine, which could bring significant improvements to the visuals. This doesn’t necessarily tie in with how PC players approach it, given they sometimes set graphics lower so there’s less cover. But with a number of issues hindering the launch on Xbox One, it will lead many to wonder if it was worth Microsoft’s time in investing in getting exclusivity on the console platform.
It is most definitely worth keeping in mind that it is in the Preview stage, and is not a finished product by any stretch. So the question is raised as to what could aid the particular version, if it is being held back in these early stages of development.
If the reputation alone that precedes PUBG isn’t enough to establish a sold playerbase on Xbox One, then perhaps it could be aided by cross-play with PC. This isn’t something that will be supported at full launch, but there is interest there from Bluehole to do so. This would put Xbox players at a disadvantage to the mouse/keyboard combination that PC offers, so it would take some work on the developers’ part. Still, it is something worth considering if it can be implemented, and continue to grow the PUBG family as other titles such as Rocket League has.