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PUBG Mobile is now available worldwide, and it sure delivers on the hype

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on mobile does a number of things incredibly well.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on mobile does a number of things incredibly well.
Tencent Games released its mobile port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds a while ago in China. The game was launched in Canada earlier in the week, and has finally been made available globally. Coming in as a free 700 MB install, PUBG Mobile may just represent the future of mobile gaming.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is undoubtedly one of the biggest battle royale games in the world right now. The game has shattered all sorts of peak player count records on Steam since it was launched last year. The battle royale was introduced to the mobile OS a few months ago, but only in China, with users who wanted to play the game having to sign up for Chinese platform WeChat. That, and the fact that it used Chinese servers, made for a less than satisfactory gaming experience for players in other parts of the world. Not anymore, though, as the game is finally available worldwide.

The game was initially released exclusively in Canada, a few days ago, but has finally gone global. Users in Africa, North America, and Europe have all successfully downloaded, installed, and played the game without much hassle.

The game itself impresses. I tried this on my burner MT6750 device and it ran pretty well, albeit on low graphic settings and with slight frame drops. Anyone with a Snapdragon 625 device and up should be able to run it excellently. I'll do a test on my Honor 7X and update this with the results in a few hours.

Considering PUBG’s notoriety for being a demanding game on PC, it’s a surprise that the game runs anywhere near as well as it does on mobile. Graphics and textures are fine—on my test device, even; and that says a lot about how good this port is.

The game is a 700 MB install—a 30 MB APK and a 670 MB data download if you choose to use third-party stores. It is, of course, free. 

Right now, there's no controller support. I tried connecting a stock PC controller but only the movement sticks worked. There's apparently also an issue with bots—it would seem the first couple matches pits you against a team of bots. Don't be too proud if you win your few games.

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Ricci Rox, 2018-03-21 (Update: 2018-03-25)
Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - News Editor - @riccirox
I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.