PUBG Free-to-Play ‘Lite’ version announced; supports budget hardware

A PUBG free-to-play lite version has been announced and is now available for beta testing in limited regions. This version of the game appears to be somewhat different from the core version that so many gamers know and love. The most readily-apparent difference is that it requires a less beefy computer overall, opening up the playing field to gamers on a budget. What may be even more interesting is the fact that this “Lite” version is a free-to-play game rather than a premium experience like its parent title.

According to GameInformer, work on the PUBG free-to-play lite version began in October of 2018. It was created to provide a way for gamers to get in on the battle royale action who might not be able to afford a computer that requires higher-end specs. The team working on the game seems pleased with their progress so far, although they’re far and away from reaching parity with the parent version of the game.

PUBG free-to-play lite version system requirements

Minimum Specs:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Core i3 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • HDD: 4GB

Recommended Specs:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Core i5 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7870
  • HDD: 4GB

As you can see, the Minimum and Recommended specs for the PUBG free-to-play lite version are far and away from those listed on the game’s Steam Store page. For example, the Recommended graphics card for the lite version is a GTX 660 whereas this would be inadequate for the premium version of the game which requires a GTX 960 at the minimum.

The amount of content in this version of the game is much lower when compared with the premium experience. Erangel is the only map in the game with the choice of solo, duo, or squad queues. More content is expected to make its way into the lite version over time, including the potential for some content exclusive to this version of the game.

For the moment, the PUBG free-to-play lite version is undergoing a beta test in Thailand. It does seem to be available in a handful of other regions on a limited basis, but it will probably be a while before it makes its way to the West—if it ever comes here at all.