PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds arrived on the Xbox One yesterday, but it may be more of a straight port than anybody realized.
Fans on the ResetEra forums discovered that plugging a USB keyboard into an Xbox One can make the game halfway compatible with keyboard controls, and can even allow users to pull some menus from the PC version of the game that shouldn’t be accessible.
Pressing the ‘O’ key on the keyboard will pull up a non-functional Options menu, exactly the same kind that PC games use to allow players to adjust screen resolution and other settings. While the menu itself doesn’t work, it gives some insight into what settings PUBG is using, and it doesn’t look good.
The game seems to be running on a preset with “very low” graphics, though, as DigitalFoundry has discovered, the settings aren’t an exact match. On the standard Xbox One, the menu shows the game running on some of the lowest PC settings, though reality shows that ambient occlusion, some texture work, and an anti-aliasing pass have been added. On the other hand, draw distance has been cut down and there’s no depth of field.
On the Xbox One X, settings are a little better—the equivalent of a PC’s “medium” preset, according to the menu. Again, it’s not an exact match—draw distance is again more equivalent to the “low” setting of draw distance on PC—but it’s better than the standard Xbox One.
Digital Foundry speculates that this options screen is something left over from the process of porting the game, and wasn’t ever meant to be seen. While keyboard controls work, they’re only half functional; WASD and other keyboard commands can move the character, but no one has yet successfully connected a mouse to aim and shoot.
Outside of this hidden menu, players have been reporting extremely low frame rates and subpar performance on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. With this new revelation that the Xbox version of the game is running with the equivalent of the lowest PC settings, we can only hope that the game will get a major fix before it leaves the Game Preview Program.