PUBG is one of the most competitive online games to date. With over millions of players every month and still counting, finding 99 other power-hungry players in one match only takes as fast as a few seconds. Competition is king more than just the hill and having that better competitive edge means more chances of earning the winner winner chicken dinner.
It may play a lot more like DayZ but the fast-paced gunplay and mind games always make playing PUBG a rewarding experience…until you come across a hacker.
In this article, we will discuss how you can improve your chances of winning and gain higher ranks faster through both hardware choices and software settings.
Later on, we’ll also talk about PUBG’s skill ceiling and pacing versus other competitive games and why millions of players still spend countless hours in this game despite its major technical issues.
Better Hardware Means Better Results
It’s a given that you will need the most optimal settings for PUBG not just because of better visuals but because of overall performance. Better PC means better gaming quality. Period.
To make sure you can play the game properly, make sure you have the minimum requirements:
- OS: 64-bit W7, W8.1, W10
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 or AMD FX-6300
- Memory: 8GB of RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB or AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB
- DirectX: 11
- Network: Broadband
- Storage: 30 GB
However, if you do meet the above requirements, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can run them at a constant 60 fps. Most times, you’ll face some slowdowns, delayed rendering and fps drops down from 30 to 20. This also means you can play the game properly only if everything is at minimum settings.
But, if you do want to play PUBG with at least 60 fps and even up to 120 fps, we recommend the following:
- OS: 64-bit W10
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-1600/Intel Core i5-7600K
- Memory: 8 GB of RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB/higher
But if you can snag better specs than these then expect your PC to run at steady frames. That is until the game’s rather poor optimization starts to show. You see, in many cases, PUBG still suffers from framerate drops at certain parts of the map, especially when you play in Erangel.
When on the highest settings, you may experience drops from 60 to 50 and even below 30. Even after two years since its release, PUBG Corp still has yet to address this issue. But nevertheless, the better specs you have, the better. And if you think you’re the only one suffering from this drop, don’t worry. Your enemies and allies experience it too at the same time when the frames drop.
A Gaming Mouse Gives You a Better Edge
The gaming mouse of your choice doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive. As long as it lets you adjust the cursor speed and has 2 extra buttons on the side that you can use as shortcut keys (we recommend binding them to grenades and health items), then you’re already more set into the field more than ever.
Speaking of gaming mouse, let’s hover over to the recommended mouse sensitivity settings.
Fiddle with Your Mouse Sensitivity
I’d say to each his own. But if you want to know how PUBG legend Shroud plays effectively, one of the key factors is his mouse sensitivity settings. Sure, you can always settle with the default settings but it’s still nice if you have a reference from other players. For example, here are Shroud’s settings:
- Invert Mouse: No
- General Sensitivity: 55
- Vehicle Driver Sensitivity: 55
- Targeting Sensitivity: 55
- ADS Sensitivity: 50
- 2x Scope Sensitivity: 50
- 4x Scope Sensitivity: 50
- 8x Scope Sensitivity: 47
- 15x Scope Sensitivity: 47
However, do take note that just because these come from a pro player’s settings doesn’t mean you’ll get a guaranteed win. It may work for him, but it may not work for you.
Sounds Matter a Lot, Especially with Headphones
Sure, you can play PUBG with loudspeakers but if you want to take this game seriously, you will need a proper headset. You don’t need to be an audiophile but you will need headphones that deliver high-quality sounds since being alert with noises is one of the most important aspects of the game. We highly recommend getting a headset that reduces ambient sounds so you can make the most of the game’s sound effects.
Despite its poor graphics optimization, PUBG does have one of the best sound scoring and surround sounds to date in a shooter game. The whizzing of bullets, the creaking of footsteps on wooden floors, the echoes of gunfire from a distance, the screeching brakes of a motorcycle from a few meters off and the shriveling of tall crops as a player crawls through the fields so he doesn’t get seen. If you got good headphones, you can analyze where and how distant your enemies are from you as well as finding out where they’re shooting from. If the visuals don’t help, it’s the sounds that will tell you where other players are.
Refresh Rate Means Everything More Than 4K Resolution
Did you know that a lot of pro players prefer a 1080p 144 Hz monitor than a 4K 60 Hz screen? Well, that’s because a monitor with more than 60 fps means response rates are faster and movement is smoother. How do we know this? Consider the following:
4K is better if you prefer game presentation over performance. This is especially for single player games and casual online matches. Otherwise, if you’re nothing but competition in a multiplayer game you need to focus on the refresh rate more if you value accurate gameplay and milliseconds of advantage over other players.
If your PC transfers more video frames than what your monitor can handle, this causes screen tearing. For example, your monitor has a refresh rate of 60Hz but if the PC transfers video frames beyond that limit, your monitor will display out-of-sync images.
Having a good refresh rate is very important for multiplayer games, most especially with the likes of Overwatch, DotA 2, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, CS:GO and, in this case, PUBG. Better refresh rate equals less input lag.
“But what if my monitor shows chopped up lines while the game is running?” This is called screen tearing. When this happens, it means your monitor couldn’t handle as much data as possible coming from the PC – in other words, you’re using a 60 Hz monitor. If you don’t happen to find a better monitor (maybe because you’re lacking the funds), it’s better to deal with these lines than turning on v-sync. Sure, v-sync may reduce these screen tears but at the cost of tiny framerate drops.
This is why live streamers and esports players prefer a 1080p monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate so they don’t ever have to worry about framerate issues too much even if there are slowdowns in PUBG.
Side note, if you ever find yourself shopping for a better monitor, get one that has either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD Freesync installed for minimal screen tearing.
If you ask us about the recommended screen monitor size, we highly advise that you get a 24” display as this is the most optimal chose between 21” to 27”.
Fiddle with the Graphics Options
If you care little about visual beauty and show more concern towards that chicken dinner, you will need to customize your game graphics. Sure, you may have the best specs but, again, since PUBG needs to work on its optimization and the fact that some particles and visuals are more like barriers than simple presentations, you need to tamper with the game settings.
Here are our recommendations:
- Screen Scaling: 100
- Anti-Aliasing: High
- Post-Processing: Low – Very Low
- Shadows: Low – Very Low
- Textures: Medium – High – Very High
- Effects: Low – Very Low
- Foliage: Very Low (or Off if you have the option)
- View Distance: Very Low
- V-Sync: Disabled
- Motion Blur: Disabled
With these settings, you’re in for a serious treat of FPS. You see, the “low” parts may look like turn-offs but they help in running consistent frames per second.
Anti-Aliasing should always be on High so you don’t ever have to worry about jagged edges from character models and the environment.
Post-Process, Shadows and Effects are just all about visual presentation and nothing else.
Foliage, on the other hand, is better when it’s in its minimal settings so you can see enemies more when they’re proning within bushes or grass fields.
View Distance is set to low so your PC doesn’t need to adjust and render graphics from far distances.
V-Sync is, of course, disabled since this causes FPS drops.
Motion blur is off because, let’s face it, nobody likes motion blurs in video games.
Still Need More Performance Boost? Configure Your Nvidia Settings.
If you’re still unsatisfied with how the game performs, check your Nvidia Control Panel instead.
When you’re in the Nvidia menu, click Manage 3D Settings, and then Program Settings. Choose PUBG from the list. Set the number to 1 in Maximum Pre-rendered Frames. And then, follow the rest: Prefer Maximum Performance, G-Sync, Highest Available (on refresh rate), Threaded Optimisation On and Use the 3D Application Setting on V-Sync.
Better Chicken Dinner
Hopefully, this article with the best PUBG competitive settings will help you guide your way onto earning that sweet victory roya–I mean, winner winner chicken dinner!
About the Author:Brian Stone has always been around computers since he was 8. After discovering he had a burning interest in computers, he aims to help the entire community of gamers by dedicating his time and life to help gamers and computer enthusiasts alike. Through his work, he wishes to help readers choose the best products and make the smartest investments.
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