How To Install and Play PUBG: Battlegrounds on PC? Step by Step Guide

PUBG is also known as PUBG: Battlegrounds is one of the most popular battle royale games. Since its PC launch back in March 2017, it began to grow rapidly and started adding a huge number of player bases every day. They also rolled out the mobile version of the game after the initial release and had a big success while doing so. So if you are looking for a guide that helps you install and play PUBG PC on your PC then you are in the right place. Today we will discuss how you can download and play PUBG on your computer.

PUBG was developed and published by PUBG Corporation (Krafton) and is built on Unreal Engine 4. You can play PUBG on Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia platforms. What makes it more interesting is that it soon got released on Android & iOS for mobile players. PUBG saw its staggering growth and went viral due to its huge popularity among its mobile players. A report claims that, as of December 2021, PUBG has crossed 100 million monthly PUBG Mobile active users. And this was just for the mobile version only, excluding numbers from China.

What is PUBG?

PUBG is a battle royale game that pits players against others where the basic rule is to survive. There could be 100 players in the game and you have to be the last one standing to win the game. But survival isn’t the only thing you need to do in this game. The game features a wide range of weapons, equipment to help you eliminate enemies in your way. Due to its multiplayer competitive nature, the game requires you to make decisions that will either lead you to victory or put you down.

With that being said, let’s see how you can Install and Play PUBG on PC.

How to Install PUBG on PC?

Before installing the game, it is important to check whether your hardware is capable to run the game decently. Though players who have low-end PC can also play, we recommend that you should have a good mid to high-end PC to experience the game smoothly.

Minimum and Recommended System Requirement for PUBG

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements for PUBG PC.

Minimum Requirements

OS64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300
Memory8 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB
DirectXVersion 11
NetworkBroadband Internet connection
Storage40 GB available space

Recommended Requirements

OS64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
DirectXVersion 11
NetworkBroadband Internet connection
Storage50 GB available space

Is PUBG PC Free to Play?

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So here’s good news for you. Krafton, the developer of PUBG recently announced on their website that they are going to make PUBG PC a free-to-play game. This wasn’t the case before. Players would need to purchase the game for 13$ on Steam in order to play.

However, according to the PUBG official website, they are giving away this game to all the players as a F2P (Free-to-play) game. Players on PC can now download and play this game on PC for Free. Earlier Xbox and PlayStation players needed to have Xbox Live or PlayStation® Plus subscriptions in order to play. It is no more requirement for them to play PUBG on the console.

PUBG: Battlegrounds is going to be Free from 12 January 2021 as per the official website of PUBG Corporations.

For those who will purchase or have already purchased this game before 12 January, Karfton is going to reward players with Special Commemorative Pack. This pack includes BATTLEGROUNDS Plus and Costume skin set

From Where to Install PUBG PC?

PUBG PC on Steam

PUBG PC is currently available on 5 platforms as discussed above. The official PUBG game is available on PC and must be downloaded from Steam in order to play. There is no other way to play official PUBG without Steam, so keep that in mind.

So you can purchase the game right now or either wait for the 12 January when the game will be available for free. If you can’t wait and want to play it right away, you have to pay the price of around 13$. Visit the Steam store and search for PUBG: Battlegrounds and purchase it from there.

What’s the Size of PUBG: Battlegrounds?

PUBG PC Size

As of now according to Steam, PUBG: Battlegrounds requires around 43GB of space in order to play. We recommend installing it on your SSD to get a smooth experience.

How to Play PUBG? A Small Guide to Help you get your First Chicken Dinner

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Gameplay

The basic idea of the game is that it puts you against 100 players in real-time on a battlefield where you have to loot, fight with each other and survive till the end.

PUBG: Battlegrounds revolve around survival. In order to become a winner, you must survive till the last. Players are rewarded with chicken dinner at the last if they are the last man standing.

However, even though the game mainly emphasizes the survival aspect, there is no thumb rule on how you can play the game. You can use a variety of tactics to win the game. You could be very aggressive or defensive as well. So it depends on you how you play this game.

Maps

When the game was launched, there was only one map called Erangel. However, since its initial release, developers kept adding a variety of maps to the game. A few of them are Miramar, Sanhok, Vikendi, Karakin etc. Each map has its own requirement to survive on it and different skill sets may require to excel at a certain map. For example, Sanhok requires you to be good at close encounters, on the other hand, Miramar requires you to be good at Sniping and long-range encounters.

New maps are added, modified, and removed on a constant basis by the PUBG Corporation. However, Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok, and Vikendi are the ones that will stay on for a long time as they were before.

Maps you can choose to play in PUBG. There are about 7 maps as of now.

  1. Erangel – 8×8 map. The first ever created map. A classic map that lead the foundation of PUBG.
  1. Miramar – 8×8 map. Based on the dessert in Mexico. Has area covered in big and small cities, while the most of the area is comprised of mountains and dessert.
  2. Sanhok – 4×4 map. A map with half size of the previous two. Land, loot and get into fight without thinking twice. Be ready for close enounters and enemies hiding in the bushes.
  3. Vikendi – 6×6 map. Its a snow forest map around Adriatic Sea area. One of the beautiful maps in PUBG as well as dangrous too. Main attractions are Dino Park, Castle and Winery. Watch your back as you may get surrounded by enemies too quickly here.
  4. Karakin – 2×2 map. Relatively small dessert themes map located somewhere in North Africa. Lobby size is limited to 64 players to balance the small size of the map.
  5. Paramo – 3×3 map. Based somewere in North America. The main attraction about this map is the active volcano.
  6. Haven – 1×1 map. The most recent and smallest of all maps. Player numbers are limited to 32 per lobby only considering the small size of map.

Modes

There are 3 modes that players can choose according to their taste.

  • Solo – Best suited for those who want to play alone without any friends and want to engage in 1v1 combat.
  • Duo – As the name suggest, this mode lets you play with another player. This can be your friend or random if you allow matchmaking.
  • Squad – Sqaud is a group of 4 players. And it is one of the most popular modes in the PUBG. Invite your friends, discuss strategies and plan a perfect ambush on enemies. For those who don’t have any friends to play, don’t worry. You can also choose to play this mode without friends by enabling matchmaking. This will assign random players in your squad.

Weapons

PUBG: Battlegrounds features a great arsenal of weapons. From Pistols to SMG to Assualt Rifles and Sniper Rifles. The game also has other equipment to help you in the battle as well such as a Smoke grenade, He grenade, Stun grenade, etc.

Here are different types of weapons categorized in different sections.

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  • SCAR-L
  • M16A4
  • Groza
  • AKM
  • AUG A3
  • M416
  • QBZ95
  • Beryl M762
  • Mk47 Mutant
  • G36C
  • Beryl M762/zh

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  • SKS
  • Mk14 EBR
  • Mini 14
  • SLR
  • QBU
  • VSS Vintorez

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  • Winchester Model 1894

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  • Micro UZI
  • UMP45
  • Tommy Gun
  • Vector
  • PP-19 Bizon
  • MP5K

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  • AWM
  • M24
  • Karabiner 98 Kurz
  • Winchester Model 1894
  • Mosin Nagant

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  • DP-28
  • M249
  • MG3

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  • S1897
  • S686
  • S12K
  • Sawed-off
  • DBS

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  • Crossbow

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  • P1911
  • P92
  • 9mm
  • R1895
  • P18C
  • R45
  • Flare Gun
  • Skorpion
  • Deagle

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  • Smoke Grenade
  • Frag Grenade
  • Stun Grenade
  • Molotov Cocktail
  • Sticky Bomb
  • C4
  • Decoy Grenade

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  • Sickle
  • Machete
  • Crowbar
  • Pan

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  • Flare Gun

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Controls

Here are the default controls for PUBG: Battlegrounds PC. You can also change the default key bindings to your likings.

Control map for pc

Zones

Zones play important role in PUBG and in fact and could be crucial for you to be victorious. You have to be very careful about how you enter the zone, how you move according to it, and when to not react to zones.

As the game progresses, zones keep getting shrunk and you have to keep moving in the safe zone marked as white on the map to avoid getting damage from the blue zone. You have to constantly move into the safe zone (White) as well as fight enemies to your way back in. There are red zones as well that drop bombs on you. If you get caught in an unfortunate place, you may get knocked out as well as get eliminated permanently.

Here are different types of zones in PUBG and what they do

White zone – You have to go inside this zone in order to be safe. There is enough time to go into this zone before the blue zone starts shrinking.

Blue zone – If you go outside of this zone, you will receive damage. The damage depends upon the size of the Blue zone. The bigger it is the small damage it will inflict. Damage increases as the zone get smaller. So try to avoid going out of the zone as much as possible.

Red Zone- Red zones are marked on the map and usually cover a small portion of the map. Planes will drop bombs on the area marked on the map as a red zone. If you find yourself inside the red zone, quickly get to the shelter, otherwise, you may get knocked and sometimes may die as well.

During the game, players also receive airdrop that contains special weapons such as AWM, AUG, Groza, Level 3 Vest, Helmet, and Backpack. Players also get to customize their characters, vehicles, and guns by applying skins. You can buy premium skins as well if you want to personalize the game according to your taste.

Conclusion

In the end, we would like to say that this game is very diverse in its nature. There are quite a lot of things to learn and improve upon. Until you don’t play and spend time yourself in the game, there are no possible chances of improvement. So we suggest starting playing this game, learning basics then slowly moving forward to learn new techniques. Your skills will definitely improve as you play the game. So practice is the key here.

Another interesting thing about PUBG is that engaging in gunfights with enemies isn’t sometimes necessary to win at all. You could win without firing a single bullet. But most of the time you must fight as well. So your strategy and how you react to the world is the key to winning the game.

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