Ten Updates Later, PUBG on Xbox One Still Runs Poorly

When it was first announced that there was going to be a PUBG Xbox One X version, I was immediately worried about how the game would perform on console hardware. Sure, the Xbox One X is a powerful bit of kit, but PUBG struggles to run smoothly on even the most powerful PCs. Not to mention the fact that PUBG was also coming to the standard Xbox One, which seemed like a disaster waiting to happen.

Fast forward ten updates, and PUBG is now in a fairly playable state, across all available platforms. Now, when I say “playable,” I mean that it’s not so choppy or laggy as to force me to quit. Dips below 30fps are always going to impact enjoyment, however, and there’s a long way to go before the game is deemed stable, and the experience consistent.

The folks over at DigitalFoundry have done their usual performance analysis of the latest PUBG Xbox One and Xbox One X Game Preview builds, taking an in-depth look at the current state of the game. The full 11-minute video can be found embedded below, but in a nutshell, the news isn’t good. Performance across both systems is still awful during the first few minutes of the game, with dips down to 10-15fps.

It isn’t just a case of the Xbox One X, with its vastly more powerful hardware, offering the best experience, as the base-level Xbox One sometimes outperforms it. DF puts it down to background streaming issues causing significant drops in performance. Frame-time issues during gunfights are also highlighted.