New PUBG Map Puts Desert Before Chicken Dinner

PlayerUnknown plans on dusting your chicken dinner with a little southwestern flavor.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to be the belle of the PC gaming ball. After seemingly coming out of nowhere earlier this year, the game continues to gain a seemingly unstoppable momentum. The shooter has a new partnership with Microsoft. It’s player base now rivals that of PC gaming’s biggest dogs and it continues to sell through at an accelerated pace. PlayerUnknown himself announced at Gamescom that 8 million copies have been sold since the game launch on March 23. During the same keynote address, he revealed the first major glimpse at a new map for PUBG.

The new map is desert themed and the first screenshot reveals an urban area drenched in warm hues. Many of the structures are much larger than those seen in the PUBG’s default map and the outer perimeter features joshua trees scattered across the sand. It offers a substantial visual contrast to the greens and grays that dominate the eastern European setting in the game now.

The is no estimate on when players will get to see the new map in-game. The Gamescom Invitational Crates are still available in PUBG until the end of the convention. You can find out all about them here. If you are looking for a way to gain some more performance from your PC while playing, check out our guide to PUBG’s graphics settings and give yourself an edge without needing to upgrade your hardware.

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Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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    August 23, 2017 1:35 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, New PUBG Map Puts Desert Before Chicken Dinner

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      August 23, 2017 1:37 PM

      There's some additional photos if you want to toss them in.

      https://twitter.com/PLAYERUNKNOWN/status/881932191877419008

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        August 23, 2017 1:48 PM

        Added in! Hugs and kisses for you my sweet Tejas bluebonnet...

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      August 23, 2017 1:39 PM

      Hmm. Think those tall buildings have all floors accessible?

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      August 23, 2017 2:05 PM

      i like this game, but it still feels off to me. i'm not sure exactly what it is, but one thig is i'm not sure i get enough feedback on firing. i'm never really sure if i hit anything and maybe that's it.

      i realize 'git gud' would help me out a lot, but unless it's a team kill, i'm never really sure if i'm hitting my target or not.

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        August 23, 2017 2:27 PM

        Look for the giant red blood spray if you don't get that you missed.

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          August 23, 2017 2:29 PM

          sometimes. one time i killed a guy after putting 4 shotgun blasts in his chest from point blank.

          there was never any blood spray at all. he just fell and it said i killed him.

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            August 23, 2017 2:47 PM

            There are desyncs and blood spray is client side so you can't ever be sure you hit someone until they go down.

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          August 23, 2017 4:03 PM

          the blood spray means little, you can get hits that have it, dont have it, sometimes you can get it even if you missed. its a vague indicator at best.

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        August 23, 2017 3:14 PM

        I feel the same way, but apparently my 30-40FPS framerate is way lower than I should be getting (with everything at the lowest setting). I'm gonna try updating drivers tonight and see if it helps since my hardware should be able to handle it...

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          August 23, 2017 3:31 PM

          What kinda rig are you piloting there chief

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            August 23, 2017 4:04 PM

            It's got a 970 and some RAM and stuff.

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              August 23, 2017 4:07 PM

              yeah im on a 970 and get 80+ except for the problem areas that slaughter any system, lowest i ever see is maybe 55. and i have some settings on very high/high

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                August 23, 2017 4:14 PM

                Annoying. Though it may be my fault, honestly...that fucking NVIDIA GeForce shit was so obnoxious I may have turned something off that is supposed to be updating things. IDK. I had similar issues though with Witcher 3. I think I fixed it once I found the exact right driver to use but I can't remember for sure.

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                  August 23, 2017 4:19 PM

                  i use older drivers, updating GPU drivers is russian roulette these days. i generally wont update drivers until i have a reason to. you should nuke your entire NVIDIA install and start over, dont use GFE either because it can do some really stupid shit.

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                    August 23, 2017 4:21 PM

                    I've been playing for months with it like this, it's honestly pretty frustrating to know that it's probably been an issue on my end this whole time. I love PC gaming but this shit is infuriating.

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                  August 23, 2017 4:22 PM

                  oh also, there is an uncommon but known bug with PUBG where the .ini file gets set to read only. are you SURE you are running at the graphics settings that you think you are? maybe check and see if your stuff isnt all on ultra or something, and then check to make sure its toggling after exiting the game.

                  to clarify, you can change settings just fine IN GAME, but as soon as you exit the game the settings revert to the settings in the bugged ini file. this happened to me twice, nooone seems to know what causes it but its easy to fix.

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                    August 23, 2017 4:24 PM

                    I'll double check when I get home, but everything looks like shit compared to Drak's computer, so it's definitely not on ultra hah.

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                      August 23, 2017 4:26 PM

                      what is your CPU btw? this game really likes strong CPUs more than most anything on the market

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                        August 23, 2017 4:38 PM

                        4690k apparently

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                          August 23, 2017 5:29 PM

                          Well the CPU isn't the issue I can assure you of that.

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                          August 23, 2017 5:33 PM

                          that should run it just fine, thats still a good CPU

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                            August 23, 2017 7:18 PM

                            Welp, used the fix below and now my FPS is even worse (in the 20s). Gah.

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                              August 23, 2017 7:30 PM

                              do a complete uninstall of your Nvidia drivers/software. dont save any settings or anything (i dont remember if thats an option for modern Nvidia drivers during uninstall) if its an option. Reinstall latest drivers without any GFE.

                              I will note right now, my drivers are 382.05. These are a bit older but work on everything just fine and i wont upgrade them until I have to. You can probably find that exact driver on nvidias download page somewhere, just for your own comfort feel free to try it rather than the very latest. It really shouldnt matter, but I understand the impetus to maybe try something different.

                              If that doesnt fix it, then we will go from there. AFAIK you shouldnt need to use something like the old DDU program to full remove nvidia drivers, the standard uninstall should get rid of everything but if you try what I have said and it doesnt work, it might be worth it to give DDU a try. http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html it basically does a deeper nuking of your drivers, but as I said it shouldnt be needed.

                              If the reinstall doesnt work, then im sure we can help you figure it out. Might be something in the background hogging CPU cycles or something.

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                                August 23, 2017 9:41 PM

                                Amazing, this totally worked. I was getting 80-130 FPS just now before I upped my settings!

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                        August 23, 2017 4:54 PM

                        It's also possible my C drive is failing.

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                August 23, 2017 8:06 PM

                I wish I knew the secret you had to getting such good minimums. Even with a 7700K and 1080 Ti, I still get drops into the lows 30s (and occasionally below). The GPU upgrade certainly boosted my avg fps by a ton, though.

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                  August 23, 2017 8:13 PM

                  In game settings? Resolution?

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                    August 24, 2017 9:44 AM

                    Mix of medium and high settings at 1440p.

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                      August 24, 2017 10:04 AM

                      There is the answer. 1440p will cut your frame rate massively on a 970, it just doesn't have the memory bandwidth and the infamous 3.5 gigabytes scandal actually comes into play in certain games pubg being one of them, at resolutions beyond 1080

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                        August 24, 2017 11:50 AM

                        I'm using a 1080 Ti

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                          August 24, 2017 12:11 PM

                          Definitely something wrong with your rig then, was thinking you were using a 970 for some reason

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            August 23, 2017 4:06 PM

            i'm rocking a 960.

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        August 23, 2017 4:04 PM

        all of these fucking games need to just use BFs "tick" hit indicator. there is no reason not to, the combat in all these games is basically the same and it would work fine in PUBG. its kinda weird not to have it, its such a small addition that adds a ton of "feeling" to the combat.

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        August 23, 2017 4:08 PM

        Tick rate is like -5.

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          August 23, 2017 4:25 PM

          its hilarious during the early game deathmatch to unload a double barrel blast into someones head, and watch them continue to run for like 2.5 seconds before the game "registers" it and they just ragdoll midstep. TBH the games combat kinda sucks ass, its a mess. and they REALLY need to remove the "hipshot" button from first person mode. it feels so janky and stupid.

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      August 23, 2017 2:57 PM

      According to this https://imgur.com/a/Ade4G 4 would be about 3 too many at point blank.

      Although I've had similar issues.

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        August 23, 2017 2:57 PM

        Oops, meant for the ibrokn subthread...

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      August 23, 2017 3:00 PM

      I see what you did there.

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      August 23, 2017 3:00 PM

      lol does it have motorcross madness style canyon edges?

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      August 23, 2017 3:07 PM

      looking forward to this

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      August 23, 2017 3:11 PM

      Needs more pics of joshua trees plz.

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        August 23, 2017 3:13 PM

        Also does this mean there won't be any boats? If not, how do I cancel my pre-order plz.

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        August 23, 2017 3:16 PM

        Fortunately that's what I call my penis so one sec hang on

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        August 23, 2017 4:07 PM

        Those joshua trees are too massive.

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          August 23, 2017 4:08 PM

          have you ever seen joshuas tree? its enormous, girth like you wouldnt believe.

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          August 23, 2017 4:15 PM

          They do seem too big to me but w/e, it's cool they're in there at all!

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            August 23, 2017 4:15 PM

            that's what she said

            about my penis

            because it's a joshua tree

            duh

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            August 23, 2017 4:19 PM

            Yea it's cool they have them in there since it would really fit a mojave theme. They are just as tall as the 10 story buildings in that shot so it's just threw me off.

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      August 23, 2017 4:47 PM

      I think the current PUBG map is too big

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      August 23, 2017 5:25 PM

      Where's the snow map? Night time map?

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      August 23, 2017 6:44 PM

      Desert or Dessert?