New Delhi: The highly-awaited Mobile Lite version of PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, better known as PUBG, is finally available on Google Play Store. Designed for entry level Android phones, running on 2GB or lower memory, the game takes up around 600 MB of space after installation, unlike the original that requires more than three times that.
The game is free to download and play. The app has a store where users can get designer outfits and random gift boxes. These micro transactions start at ₹75 and can cost up to ₹4,000.
The Lite game is built on the same Unreal Engine 4 and doesn’t differ much from the original. Everything from landing on the island of your choosing to scavenging for weapons and shooting off others works on similar lines, so anyone who has played the original will be familiar with the rules of engagement and controls. For instance, you can chat with team members, choose crosshair colour, and map the controls according to your convenience. The handy control options peek and fire which adds sniper like capabilities to any weapon are available in the new game too.
The new game, however, is a step down in terms of graphics and doesn’t have multiple graphics settings users could switch to, to suit their smartphone configuration. Also, maps are smaller and the number of participants has been limited to 60 instead of 100 in the original. One can play as a lone wolf or as a team by pairing up with others.
The visuals, however, remain consistent no matter what device it is played on.
The game has been creating a lot of buzz among trigger-happy mobile gamers and has become the top ranked free game on Google Play Store within three days of its release.
The Lite version takes up less space, but still needs 4G connection to work, as any multiplayer game needs bandwidth. While the original game has a low graphics settings, it would still take up over 2GB of storage. Though users miss out on the action a larger map and longer matches with the Lite version, the game-play remains challenging. Also the Lite version allows players to free up some space on their smartphone.