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PUBG Mobile Guide: Everything You Need to Know [ 2019]


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PUBG Mobile (as the game is officially known) is unlike the PC and console versions right off the bat in that it's free and that it includes a new way to earn cosmetic rewards. You still earn BP from playing matches, and you still use those points to open randomized loot crates, but now you also earn Vitality and EXP points. Vitality climbs as you complete special daily missions, like playing a certain number of matches or killing a specific number of people.
Customizable controls
The touch-screen controls work surprisingly well for a game as complex as PUBG. Using the default configuration, you move with a virtual control stick, using your other thumb on the right half of the screen to control your aim. You fire, aim down sights, crouch, go prone and access your backpack with virtual buttons on the right side of the screen. Once you're comfortable with the layout, you'll find you have access to all of the same actions as on the PC version, including leaning and free-looking.

You can customize the layout of the virtual buttons completely by sliding them around and changing their size and transparency. You can even save multiple layout presets. The default layout is very intuitive, so I found it didn't need much tweaking.

sing auto pickup
A very neat idea that PUBG Corp. should consider for every version of the game is the mobile version's auto-pick-up feature, which smartly collects weapons, ammo, attachments and healing items as you walk over them. It'll pick up ammo only for guns you're using, and it'll auto-equip attachments.

Visual feedback
To compensate for the fact that most players don't wear headsets, PUBG Mobile gives you a lot more visual information that would be conveyed through sound in the PC and console versions. A hit marker on the center of your screen indicates the direction you've been shot from, something famously left out from the original version to force players to rely on sound queues.

he minimap will also display a bullet icon in the general area of nearby gunfire from other players, making it much easier to track down other players. You still need to keep an ear out for footsteps, so you should use a good pair of earbuds.

You will encounter AI bots
According to Kotaku and The Verge, PUBG Mobile uses bots for new players based on their EXP level and will begin slowly filling in the 100-person match with more actual players as you gain levels. This means your first outing is quite likely to be successful. I placed fourth with a whopping eight kills in my first match, and I chalked it up to the game being full of inexperienced players. Turns out, it may have been the presence of witless AI bots giving me a confidence boost. The exact details of how many bots the game uses isn't clear at present.​