It is not uncommon for the developers to release lite versions of their games. Those would be stripped of some features but offered at a lower price or for free. The free-to-play approach is the one that PUBG Corporation decided to take for their Battle Royale gem Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.
The jury is still out on whether the game even needs a lite version. It seems that even the developers agree with that observation considering that they chose only one region to make the game available. At this moment, free-to-play PUBG can be downloaded in Thailand. It is only a beta version which should show whether this was a good idea in the first place.
It is not only about reducing the price but also making the game more feasible for those who do not have powerful PCs. As a result, PUBG Lite has lowered system requirements compared to its standard version.
Here are the minimum specs:
- Core i3 2.4GHz
- 4GB Ram
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
The recommended requirements are:
- Core i5 2.8Ghz
- 8GB RAM
- AMD Radeon HD 7870 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
Windows 7 or newer and 5 GB of hard drive space are necessary to run the game. According to the explanation from the developers, the goal was to make PUBG Lite available in regions where it may be harder to achieve specifications needed to run the standard version. The studio formed a special team that will focus on creating exclusive content for the lite variant, and over time we can also expect maps and other items already available in full-sized PUBG.
At this point, the only platform where the lite variant is available is PC, and there is no indication about Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases. That makes sense as there is no value in offering a watered-down version to those who already have the necessary hardware to enjoy the full one.
While it remains to be seen how PUBG Lite will be accepted by the community, it is an indication that the developers are trying to keep things fresh with the franchise. We have recently seen the implementation of Vikendi Survivor Pass, which reminds a bit of the Fortnite approach, but that doesn’t change the fact that it improves the overall playing experience.