PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds August Update Detailed; Includes First-Person Servers, Xbox One Controller Support, and More

The upcoming Monthly Update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in August will be one of the game's biggest yet, with new items, weapons, and much more.

on August 2, 2017 4:45 PM

Pushing past six million copies in the past few weeks,¬†PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds¬†has dominated the Steam charts throughout this year alongside continued monthly updates, with the game’s upcoming August updates to be one of its most expansive yet.

Over on the Steam community forum for the title, developer Brendan Greene (aka “PlayerUnknown”) outlined what players can expect from the next Monthly Update for¬†PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which includes a hefty number of updates for the game. Specifically, these include a new car horn feature when driving vehicles, the addition of first-person only servers for the game in Solo and Duo game types for North America and Europe, support for the Xbox One controller, new weapons and character customization options, and much more.

The next Monthly Update will also introduce the game’s first new paid cosmetic items through a “crate and key system,” which Greene took time in the community forum to address. Due to some of the negative reaction towards implementing the system, Greene expressed that the introduction and testing of the new paid cosmetics will “serve as the foundation of a healthy economy after launch,” and will aim to “benefit all players – both who are willing to pay and who are not willing to pay for vanity items.” However, Greene also addressed that “our messaging wasn’t clear” in terms of implementing the new system, and added that the team will “try to communicate better moving forward.”

Specifically, Greene clarified with the game’s new cosmetic crates that players will be limited in the number of crates that can be received each week, as crate prices will be reset every Monday. Players will (currently) be limited to six crates per week, while trading and distribution of the crates will be free through the Steam Marketplace. Greene also provided some images of new items that can be found in the two new free-to-open crates coming with the Monthly Update.

The full breakdown of the update and what it entails can be found below:

Early Access – Month 4 – Patch Notes

Server Optimization

  • Optimized fences, doors, and windows
  • Optimized vehicle physics

Client Optimization

  • Optimized memory usage for world objects
  • Optimized terrain rendering
  • Optimized vehicle physics
  • Optimized User Interface

New Items

  • Added new weapon Mk14 EBR. Mk14 EBR is a Designated Marksman Rifle that can only be obtained from Carepackages. This weapon is chambered for 7.62mm and sniper rifle attachments

Character

  • Added two new face presets and hairstyles to character customization for both genders

Gameplay

  • Added 1st Person server options to NA and EU Solo and Duo game-modes
  • Players who choose 1st Person mode will be matched together
  • Character view is set to 3rd Person mode in starting airplane and during free fall from the airplane. This will be set to 1st Person only in a future update
  • Camera will stay still while looting items to prevent dizziness
  • Added a new feature to report players
  • Some people killed knocked-out teammates in order to avoid giving kill count to an opponent who knocked them down. Now the kill count will still go to the opponent in this specific case.
  • Added new animation when using different consumables
  • Improved camera transition when disabling Free look feature (Alt Key)
  • Decreased the reload time of VSS
  • Players may now re-enter games if they have been disconnected mid-game
  • You may now play with Xbox controllers, and we will continue to make improvements with Xbox controllers
  • Sound volume difference from inside and outside of building is more obvious
  • Added new sound effect while scoping or aiming weapon
  • Added new effects when a character is running or sprinting over different types of surfaces
  • Improved character animation without any weapon or with melee weapon
  • Added slight delay when using the drag-and-drop feature on items in inventory UI. We implemented this delay to provide a fair gameplay environment to all players
  • Improved post-process effect when a character takes damage outside of the blue circle

Items and Vehicles

  • Added a lower rail attachment slot to SKS
  • You may now honk a car horn when sitting in the driver’s seat with Left Mouse Click
  • Decreased the chance of vehicle explosion after the vehicle gets stuck in objects
  • Vehicle driving sound will change slightly in FPP and TPP modes
  • Added new sound effects for motorcycle tire screech while driving
  • Eliminated firing delay of S1897 from pump action after reload
  • Improved effects of boats
  • Added spark effect to flat tires
  • Reduced cast time of First Aid Kit / Painkiller to 6 seconds
  • Reduced cast time of Med Kit / Adrenaline Syringe to 8 seconds

UI

  • Added more features and hot keys to the Options Menu
  • Added new option for V-Sync
  • You may now designate a maximum of two different keys for each key bind
  • Added new option to set toggle on certain actions and features
  • You may now use Mouse wheel up/down as one of your key binds
  • Added new keybinds, such as all mute (Ctrl+M) and switching Voice Channel (Ctrl+Y), and a new option to adjust the volume of voice chat
  • Added new keybinds to use specific throwables
  • Added Colorblind Mode
  • Added an FOV slider for 1st person view
  • Added some region names to the mini map
  • Added new option to display helmet, vest, and backpack equipped on HUD UI. This HUD UI will be updated further in the future
  • Added new option to display all equipped weapons on the right side of the screen. This UI will be updated further in the future

Bug fixes

  • Partially fixed client crash issues

  • Fixed an issue of weapons sporadically ceasing to fire despite being set to auto firing mode

  • You may not use consumables in vehicles underwater

  • Fixed bugs below while spectating another character

  • A character appeared to be shaking when the character moves around

  • Camera swing when a character scopes while walking

  • Camera swing when a character peeks left or right while scoping

  • A character appeared to be shaking when the player moves his mouse while scoping in Prone

  • Characters farther than 500m away from a vehicle will no longer hear the tire screech sound

  • Fixed post-process bug underwater in FPP mode

  • Fixed an issue of the reloading sound getting played repetitively after dropping a weapon while reloading

  • Fixed the probability of getting rainy weather to previous value

  • Fixed a bug where a character could not equip attachment with full inventory

  • Fixed a bug where weapons would continue to play looped reload animation even after canceling the reload

  • Fixed a bug where a character could see through the other side of wall when scoping or crouching against certain walls

  • Fixed a bug where a character sitting on objects inside of certain buildings could see through ceilings and walls

  • Fixed sporadic issue of disabling in-game UI

  • Eliminated bombing outside of Red Zone

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC through Steam Early Access, while an Xbox One version of the game is also currently in development.

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