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You can have your own opinions on the game, but I'm talking about the game's performance on the console. You already know it's going to be a pain in the ass to aim with a controller, so I'm not going to complain about how the game controls. Besides, I personally believe that the game controls fine especially for a game that is clearly optimized for PC.
The framerate is what is seriously killing the experience. What in the world happened here? I get that Bluehole already confirmed the game was going to run at 30fps, but there are some serious fps drops that occur in the game.
You really start noticing it around the lobby when players start popping in and when you begin dropping into the map. I feel like the game's framerate starts to "smoothen" out close to 30fps when you start exploring the area. When people say that the game's framerate starts dipping every time you move, they aren't completely exaggerating. Depending on which part of the map you end up in and how many people are there, you're game is going to get a serious frame drop that will effect the gameplay.
For a Battle Royale game like this, framerate is going to make or break the experience. It will lead to unfair advantages to all players involved because it's going to be based purely on luck on who lands their shots the best. As I mentioned before, aiming with a joystick in this game is a bitch and most importantly there is no aim assist, so you pretty much have to be a console McCree main to hit your shots assuming the framerate is cooperating with you.
I'm not going to complain about the game's visiuals because I'm not too big on graphics and I'm aware that the quality of the graphics is going to take a dip when compared to its PC counterpart. However, draw distance isn't really that good on the console version. If someone is over 100ft away, you will see them as pixels. Meaning, you're probably not going to tell it's a human being.
I get the whole "game preview" thing, but it's clear that there was not enough time put into optimizing the game's performance on the Xbox One X or the base Xbox One. I'm playing the game on the base Xbox One, so I can say that the game isn't running good on it. There are even graphical issues that I barely touched on which do include pop-ins.
Did they really believe that this game was in a good state to be released on console? I don't understand why they just didn't spend more time focusing on the game's performance rather than just on the visuals. I bet a low-end gaming PC could perform better than the Xbox One version of the game.
Don't get me wrong. This is still PUBG. The game itself is fun. It's not a game for everyone especially if you don't like slow paced tactical shooters. However, if the game were to have a much better framerate then no complaints would be made about it. Well, besides the controls.
If there is truly no other way for you to play this game and you happen to have the Xbox One, then this wouldn't be a terrible choice, but you're better holding off until they manage to patch this framerate issue.
Till Next Time!!