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Watch out Fortnite, PUBG Lite is on the way

PUBG Lite players will be able to explore the Erangel map. (Source: PUBG)
PUBG Lite players will be able to explore the Erangel map. (Source: PUBG)
PUBG Lite has been announced, and it is currently in beta testing but for players in Thailand only. The concept behind the battle royale title is to bring the PUBG experience to gamers who may not have the hardware requirements to play the full game. The developer team has also revealed that the game will be free to play.

In a news post at the official PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds website developers have unveiled plans for a slimmed-down version of the popular battle royale game. PUBG Lite, which is in beta phase and is open to players in Thailand only at the moment, will eventually be released as a free to play game that can run on systems with lower specifications – even some devices that utilize an iGPU will be suitable.

Fortunately, the team behind PUBG Lite has offered details about the minimum and recommended PC specifications. Both require Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit) and 4 GB of storage space. For minimum settings, users can play the streamlined battle royale game with a Core i3 2.4 GHz CPU or equivalent, 4 GB of RAM, and a GPU starting from the level of Intel’s HD Graphics 4000. The recommended specs are listed as an i5 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870.

This is in stark contrast to the system requirements of the full PUBG title, which we reviewed in 2017. Obviously some cuts have been necessary to allow the battle royale smash hit to run on more basic devices. At present, only the map Erangel is available and players are limited to third-person perspective (TPP) play. Lowering the requirements with PUBG Lite and making it a standalone game might convince some Fortnite fans to switch sides and attract more neutrals, but it remains to be seen if this version of the title can snatch away the battle royale crown from its Epic Games rival.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-01-26 (Update: 2020-09-30)