It seems PUBG on One X won’t see a performance boost over vanilla hardware after all.
After an interview went live yesterday featuring Playeruknown’s Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene, it was reported that the game would be running at 60 frames per second (fps) on Xbox One X and somewhere between 30-40fps on the base Xbox One consoles. Many One X owners were happy to read that their pricy upgrade was being utilized while some base Xbox One owners felt they would be at a disadvantage when facing off against players who had nearly double the frame rate.
The debate didn’t last long, however, with Greene weighing in this morning and changing the conversation altogether:
So, now all Xbox One owners, regardless of version, will be capped at 30fps. While the 30fps cap will prevent most screen tearing thanks to v-sync, the same group of One X owners who were happy yesterday are voicing concern today. Those who felt like they’d have an unfair disadvantage on older hardware might be at ease now, too, but it still begs the question: Why upgrade to Microsoft’s (relatively expensive) cutting edge platform when one of the biggest multiplayer games of the year won’t use it to its full potential?
Of course, PC gamers who have had access to the game since in launched in Early Access in March of this year were quick to point out that framerate stability on their platform has been middling for months, so Xbox One X owners were foolish to expect 60fps going into Xbox Game Preview. While they’re not wrong that the PC version of the game has faced some serious growing pains, that point of view also forgets that building and optimizing for console is easier than PC. Rather than build PUBG around countless hardware set ups on PC, PUBG on console really just has to cater to two pieces of hardware: standard Xbox One and the X. Of course, that doesn’t mean 60fps would be a simple task on the X, especially considering its underpowered CPU, but it doesn’t mean 60fps was off the table from a raw power standpoint.
As Greene mentioned in the above tweet, things change throughout development, so it’s possible different performance modes could come to PUBG on Xbox One X in the future. For now, though, Xbox One players, regardless of iteration, can expect to play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds at 30fps when it launches in to Game Preview on December 12, 2017.