A possible Switch version of PUBG could have found its secret sauce in the mobile edition..
PUBG has been a phenomenal success, and the popularity has increased no end thanks to the Xbox One edition. Now we all know that Microsoft has some kind of deal with Bluehole Games about the exclusivity, so we won’t be seeing the game on other platforms anytime soon. However, what isn’t known is how long this agreement is for. A year? Two?
So once all the legalities are out of the way, it leaves the path free for developers to bring the game to other platforms, A PS4 version is a given, but what is unexpected is the possibility of a Switch version. Yep, that’s right Nintendo’s mighty wonder machine could be getting its own very own edition of the Battle Royale behemoth. Why are we thinking this? Well mainly because of a video from respected tech bods Digital Foundry who were comparing a mobile version of PUBG with the PC counterpart.
“The concept of a PUBG Switch port seemed highly unlikely based on the issues we’ve noted with the Xbox One and even X versions of the full-fat game, both of which seem to struggle with CPU-based limitations – an aspect that would only be amplified on Switch,” Digital Foundry noted in its analysis.
“What we’ve seen of PUBG on mobile is a bit of a game-changer though and presents a route to viability for a potential Switch conversion. At the very least it demonstrates that in handheld play, graphical reductions can have a positive impact on making the gameplay work on a smaller screen – something that would be crucial for Nintendo’s hardware.”
The mobile version of PUBG is a currently available now on Android and iOS but, only in China. It is possible to download if you want to go through the faff;
Step 1: Launch the iTunes program and, if you are logged in, sign-out of your Apple iTunes account (Store – > Sign-out). Step 2: Scroll down and click “Change Country” and select a country from the list. Step 3: Now search for the name of the app that you are looking to install on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Of course, as the video states, playing a game on Chinese servers could present a few lag issues and what not, but still, it’s pretty cool. I just hope this does pave a way for PUBG to come to Switch as it would probably be the perfect platform for the game. Unless Fortnite gets there first.