PUBG Developer Wants to Have Xbox One and PC Cross-Play Support

The upcoming Xbox One version might eventually share a community with the PC crowd.

3 months ago by Nate Hohl in News

There’s undoubtedly a large portion of Xbox One players who are excited about the prospect that they will soon get their own version of Bluehole’s popular battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (an occasion which will mark the game’s console debut as well). PUBG’s creator, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, also recently confirmed an interesting little tidbit: cross-play support between the Xbox One and PC versions of the game is something that he wants to eventually see implemented.

Speaking in a recent video interview with Shacknews (which you can watch below), Greene discussed a variety of subjects, many of which were, unsurprisingly, directly related to PUBG. When asked whether he and the Bluehole team were considering the implementation of cross-play support between PUBG’s current PC version and the upcoming Xbox One version, Greene was very candid in his enthusiasm:

“We ideally want to get the same experience on both versions of the game and we think cross-play would be great. We definitely want to get both sets of playerbases battling against each other.”

Green was also careful to clarify, though, that the specific logistics of getting cross-play to work are things that the studio is still working out. For example, controlling the game with a mouse and keyboard on PC is a bit different than controlling it with an Xbox One controller, so how do you balance the experience to keep it fair for players on both platforms? Still, despite these technical hurdles, Greene was clear that cross-play support is something that Bluehole is actively looking into.

Also within the interview, Greene confirmed other little tidbits about both current and future iterations of PUBG, as well as what he’s up to during his (admittedly limited) downtime:

  • There are no plans to make a PUBG 2, which isn’t that surprising considering how successful the original PUBG is continuing to be.
  • If all goes well, PUBG’s PC version will fully launch sometime later this year, ditching its Early Access tag in the process.
  • During the rare times he isn’t busy, Greene enjoys playing games like Battlefield 1. He naturally likes playing PUBG as well, but if he gets sucked into a really good PUBG match he knows he won’t get any work done so he has to restrain himself.
  • Before he developed the mod that would eventually become PUBG, Greene wasn’t actually much of a gamer, and his previous occupations included working as both a professional photographer and a DJ.
  • Don’t worry, usable binoculars will eventually come to PUBG.