PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds features huge, open areas, high players counts, and battles on an epic scale. To run it, you'll need an epic PC.
What is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) survival game. Bluehole Inc. developed and published the game, which hit Steam Early Access on March 23. In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, you join up to 99 other players for a 100-player battle royal. Some servers let players group together, such as when you invite a few of your friends over for a weekend-long LAN party. The last player or team left standing wins the match.
If all that sounds exciting, only one thing stands between you and the brouhaha: your PC's specs.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Minimum PC Requirements
Bluehole lists the minimum requirements you'll need to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
- CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
- GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- Memory: 6 GB
- Storage: 30 GB
- DirectX: 11.1 compatible video card or equivalent
- Checking Your PC's Hardware
Now that you know what hardware you need to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it's time to run diagnostics to see where your machine stands. On Windows 7, 8, or 10, press the Start key and type "dxdiag," then press Enter. DXDiag details your computer's processing speed, memory, video card, sound hardware, and more.
How to Increase Performance in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Remember, developers and publishers take "minimum requirements" literally: the following specs are what you'll need just to pass muster. Go above and beyond by upgrading your computer's hardware. Some upgrades give you more bang for your buck than others.
RAM, or random access memory, should be every PC gamer's first stop on the path to a beefier gaming machine. The more RAM you have, the more of the game your computer can load into memory, which boosts performance. Eight gigabytes (GB) of RAM is considered a safe bet. Still, more is better. If you have 8 or 6 GB, bump that number up to 12 or 16.
Once you've taken care of RAM, priority should go to your video card, or graphics processing unit (GPU). 2GB of video RAM is lowest the bar can go in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Aim for at least 4GB. If your computer supports two or more video cards in sync—refer to your owner's manual for detail—consider splurging on two of the same video card, each with 4 GB of RAM or higher.