PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is Coming Out on the Xbox One in December, No Cross-Play Functionality

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is Coming Out on the Xbox One in December, No Cross-Play Functionality

4K and the desert map will arrive at a later date.

Microsoft announced that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will launch for Xbox One through the Xbox Game Preview program on December 12. The game will also support the Xbox One X with HDR support, with 4K coming at a later time.

Microsoft announced the news today at its presentation during Paris Games Week, Brendan Greene revealed further details about the console release to Eurogamer.

According to Greene, the console version will come out on the Xbox Preview Program for much of the same reasons that PUBG first launched on Steam Early Access. That is to say that Bluehole will approach development of the Xbox version in much the same way as the PC version, using player feedback to dictate development.

That means certain features like vaulting (a much requested feature in PUBG) will come out on launch with the Xbox One; other features like first-person servers or the desert map will lag behind the PC version and come out at a later date (the desert map will release on PC with update 1.0).

"We aim to have the same experience across both platforms, while right now the two builds are on slightly different road maps," said Greene in the interview.

Greene also revealed that there won't be cross-play at launch, but it's still something the development team is interested in pursuing. However, Greene maintains that it would only be fair if there was a controller v controller and keyboard to mouse v keyboard to mouse option.

PUBG will launch on Xbox One for $29.99 (the same price as the Steam Early Access version) on December 12 for Xbox One and Xbox One X. Microsoft currently has launch exclusivity for the title, though reportedly Microsoft is seeking an expanded deal with a new publishing initiative.

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