PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG is one of the most popular games today on PC as well as on mobile. PUBG is developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. PUBG is available for PC, Consoles and even on your smartphone where it is called PUBG Mobile. Both PUBG and PUBG Mobile are similar, except for a few differences.
During the game, each time you land and skydive, up to a hundred players will parachute onto an island and go to pick up the necessary equipment to fight for survival. With different perspectives and real-life graphics, the gaming community enjoys and races to the top in each match to overcome other gamers to master the game. It sounds like a simple concept, and the concept of Battle Royal has been around for a while. But PUBG made US$11 million in the first three days of the Windows early access release.
Even before the official release on PC, the game sold a million copies and attracted 89,000 players online at its peak. It was awarded Action Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gaming in the DICE Awards 2017; The best PC multiplayer game in the 35th Golden Joystick Awards 2017. In other words, the game is fun and addictive and if somehow you still haven’t heard of it, you have to give it a try.
The minimum system requirements to play PUBG on your PC are:
Operating system: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband internet connection.
Memory: 30 GB of free space
But if you’ve ever played a PC game that only met the minimum requirements, you know it’s nearly unplayable. The game runs just fine if your PC meets the recommended hardware requirements and PUBG is no exception. The recommended hardware for PUBG on PC is as follows:
Operating system: Windows 10 64 bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-7600K / AMD Ryzen 5-1600
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or higher
PUBG Mobile being a free game unlike PUBG on PCs and consoles, it makes it a very popular choice. Furthermore, being a game developed for mobile hardware, PUBG Mobile is much less graphically expensive and it shows in the picture. These two differences have resulted in some people wanting to play PUBG Mobile on their PC. Either you prefer the free model, or your computer doesn’t have the necessary hardware to run the full PC version of PUBG.
How to play PUBG Mobile on PC
Lucky for you, the company that helped develop the game for mobile devices, Tencent, has come up with an official way to play PUBG Mobile on your PC. If you’ve tried using an Android emulator like Bluestacks or Genie motion to try and play PUBG, you know PUBG doesn’t work on emulators. This is why Tencent has released an official emulator called Tencent Gaming Buddy. It allows players to officially run PUBG Mobile on their PC, and unlike the desktop version of the game, it doesn’t require high-end hardware. Judging by the name of the emulator, Tencent could probably port more of its games to PC, but for now, it only has PUBG, the most popular smartphone game to date.
- Download Tencent Gaming friends.
- Run the installer and it will download the necessary files to run the emulator as well as download the game. Depending on your internet speed, this may take a while. Just follow the on-screen instructions, the installation process shouldn’t be too difficult.
- Once the installation is complete, run the emulator and launch PUBG, and it should run without a hitch. The interface is very similar to PUBG Mobile on mobile, except for the right controls which you won’t need since you now have a mouse.
- Tencent has done a pretty good job of assigning keyboard buttons to every action you might need to perform, and you can see those shortcuts on the screen.
If you are thinking that you can gain an edge over other players by using your smartphone using a keyboard and mouse, PUBG Corp has made sure you can’t. It would be unfair after all and no one likes cheating. This is why, when you play the game, it tells you that an emulator has been detected. It will only match you and your teammates with others who are using the simulator.
- W / A / S / D – Move
- Left click – Shoot
- Right Click – Aim
- Move mouse – Zoom in or out
- C – Crouch
- Z – Vulnerable
- Q/E – Peek
- 1/2/3 – Switch Guns
- 4/5/6 – Grenades and other similar weapons
- 7/8/9 – Medikit, bandages, painkillers and energy drinks
- F – Select items, open or close doors and jump from the plane
- Spacebar – jump and climb obstacles
It should be noted that Tencent Gaming Buddy is still in beta so you can expect some hiccups. For example, it’s a bit slow to load even though I have pretty fast internet speeds. Sometimes the game will stutter for no reason, and sometimes it will get stuck for less than a second. It’s rare that you can still play the game. However, this time, a player I filmed just disappeared into thin air. My teammates can still see him, so there’s that.