Tencent Games are expected to drop a ‘lite’ version of their immensely popular Player Unknown: Battlegrounds title on July 4. It is big news for Indian gamers, who have long been unable to enjoy the full, immersive experience of PubG on the PC on account of its demanding system requirements.
At any given point of time, there are roughly 6.7 lakh people playing Player Unknown: Battlegrounds on PC around the world. Otherwise known as PUBG, this battle-royale game is what sparked the frenzy for such titles across the gaming world, giving us titles like Fornite, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s ‘Blackout’ mode and Counter Strike: Global Offensive’s ‘Danger Zone’ mode.
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6.7 lakh might seem like a lot but it is nothing compared to the numbers for the mobile game—PUBG Mobile—which in April had an estimated 50 million daily active users from around the world, many of whom were from India.
There are many reasons why the mobile version succeeded—the omnipresence of gaming-capable smartphones is one. But another huge factor is the immense computing requirement that PUBG for PC has, a limiter that put it outside of the reach of many Indians who just have laptops to play on.
The system requirements for PUBG on PC include needing a processor at an i5 level or beyond, a graphics card of at least the capability of an NVIDIA GX 960 with 2GB RAM, 8GB of RAM and at least 30GB of storage space.
PUBG Lite, on the other hand, requires only the basic minimum for computing in the 2010s: An Nvidia Core i3 processor that is clocked at 2.4 GHZ or above, about 4GB of RAM, and a GPU that supports DirectX 11, starting from the Intel HD 4000. And when it comes to hard drive space, it will take up a measly 4GB. Moreover, the game will even support a Hindi language option.
You can watch the trailer for PubG Lite below.
In case the game has issues running, make sure to download the additional drivers listed on the website, such as those for Microsoft Visual C++, the .Net framework and DirectX 11.