PUBG Corp have today announced and released PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Lite in Europe, a free-to-play version of PUBG that aims to bring the same core experience, but do so with dramatically lowered PC requirements.
PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds has a stories history of running like hot garbage, whether you’ve got a half-decent PC or a games console. Not only that, but it’s a paid game, and that’s hurt it while trying to compete with the free-to-play competitors like Fortnite, Apex Legends and DayZ. With PUBG Lite they’re able to bring the game to an awful lot more people, potentially helping them break into more emerging markets. PUBG Lite first launched in Thailand in January of this year as a beta, spreading to South East Asia, the Middle East, South America and now to Europe – head here for the list of countries.
Here’s the lowly PC specs that you’ll require to be able to play, with the barrier for entry being a Core i3 dual-core CPU, potentially dating back to 2010, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 which featured on 2012’s Ivy Bridge. Recommended specs, meanwhile, feature a quad-core Core i5, and mid-high end GPUs from 2012. In other words, they’re aiming for hardware dating back 7 years.
|Minimum Spec||Recommended Spec|
|OS||Windows 7/8/10 64bit||Windows 7/8/10 64bit|
|CPU||Core i3 2.4GHz||Core i5 2.8GHz|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 4000||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or
AMD Radeon HD 7870
|Direct X||Direct X 11|
PUBG Lite features the core battle royale gameplay, but adds to it with a new 4 vs 4 mode, taking place in a deserted warehouse and with the inner being whichever squad hits 40 eliminations.
To monetise the F2P game is a new Lite Pass season pass for season 2 in the game. The Premium Season 2 costs 400 L-Coins, but it’s accompanied by the free Lite Pass with missions and in-game item rewards as you level up. They’re supplemented by a new Silver Bullet currency, gained from dismantling costumes and items, and the Chicken Medal, which is used for purchasing Gacha boxes such as the Halloween Crate. You know… free-to-play things.
Source: press release