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PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has officially arrived on iPhones, iPads and Android devices in the United States -- and it's way, way more badass than a mobile game has any right to be. 

Which is to say: It's the same insanely addictive, nailbiting 100-player survival deathmatch, complete with four-person online co-op and voice chat as the Windows PC and Xbox versions and it also comes with a bunch of new features that make the game even better.  

Here's why PUBG Mobile is pretty fantastic on the go.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Where you drop in PUBG can determine if you win or lose -- and the mobile version's parachute controls are fine enough to place you exactly where you need. I had no trouble landing on the roof of this school and snatching up the best weapons in the area.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

PUBG Mobile has a ton of quality of life improvements that aren't in the PC or Xbox One versions -- like being able to see the flight path of the drop plane at the beginning of each match!

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And get this -- the aiming controls actually work, too. Believe it or not, you cans spot, aim and actually hit foes with nothing but your touchscreen.

Part of that's because the game has some pretty heavy auto-aim which snaps your gun to target. But it's also because... (next slide)

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

...the controls are crazy customizable. Don't like where the onscreen buttons are? You can rearrange the entire layout to suit your own thumbs. Need the fire button in a different place? Move it. Prefer an invisible d-pad? You got it. Just click on the settings icon and make those controls perfect.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And then there's the gyroscope. It sure is hard to snipe in PUBG Mobile compared to mouse-and-keyboard on PC, but we'd argue it's *easier* on phone than Xbox. Why? You can turn on gyro controls that let you simply nudge the phone in any direction for precise aiming.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Here's where you enable the gyroscope -- and you really, really should. Trust us, motion controls are awesome.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

One of my first kills in PUBG Mobile -- I can't believe I was able to take someone down with a handgun using only touchscreen and gyro controls.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Plus, PUBG Mobile adds little directional hit indicators when you get shot, or hear shots nearby. Way easier to tell where enemies are coming from. The directions of distant shots appear in the mini-map.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Sniping out of a house still totally works, too. Might be the auto-aim.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
10
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And those aren't the only controls that PUBG Mobile improves. The beauty of the new auto-pickup feature: if you don't have a weapon or ammo or accessory, just walk over it and it's yours.

(Don't walk over a sickle in real-life, folks.)

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Sure, auto-pickup might sound like a terrible idea -- but PUBG Mobile implements it so perfectly that I wish the PC version did this. The game automatically picks up the best stuff FOR you. 

Stumble across a scope your rifle? The game will equip it for you. Find better armor? BOOM: You're already wearing it. This dramatically speeds up the most tedious part of the game.

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

It really comes in handy when you're digging through a giant loot box. Just wait next to the box for a sec, and it'll automatically give you all the items you'd want and nothing else. 

Or you can just tap them if you feel like changing things up.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
13
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

This looks like a giant mess, but it's actually pretty managable. Thanks, auto-pickup! 

Also, you can literally drag items out of your inventory to toss 'em, if you ever need to. Way easier than scrolling between columns and rows on Xbox. 

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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And in PUBG Mobile, you'll never have the super, super annoying issue where you try to heal an ally and wind up grabbing an item off the ground instead. The buttons are totally separate.

Another one to file under "Why don't the PC and Xbox versions do this?"

Also see: the little bandage button at bottom center. No rooting around in your inventory to heal up your character.

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15
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Speaking of loot boxes: No, the game isn't censoring blood spatter here. Each dead enemy emits a puff of green smoke to help you find where they left that sweet, sweet loot. Makes it way easier to spot on your phone's tiny screen.

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16
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

The in-game map is oddly less intrusive on the mobile version -- obscuring only half of your screen instead of the whole thing. It's also SO easy to navigate with touch controls.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
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of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Want to tell your friends where to go? Just tap on the map. Way faster than slinging around analog sticks on Xbox, or even mouse-and-keyboard on PC.

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18
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And the sprint feature is super handy when you've a long way to run. 

Just swing your thumb far enough north on the virtual D-pad, and you'll keep automatically running forward until you turn it off. Good way to rest your thumbs, and makes it easier to sight enemies since your digit isn't in the way.

There's a button to do that on PC, too, but it's way more important on mobile.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
19
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

The mobile version will still let you squad up with your friends -- complete with a pretty darn decent voice chat system! 

Pretty impressive that it all works over a cellular connection, and with both wired and Bluetooth headsets. 

Plus, in our early tests, it only consumes around 8MB of data for a match, whether you're using iOS or Android. That's totally reasonable.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
20
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Friend invites in action. They'll pop up for you on any screen, so you don't have to wait around in the lobby. Go customize your character or something.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
21
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

If you sign up with Facebook (which PUBG pushes you to do) the game will automatically add your friends when they sign up for the game, too. Assuming you're OK with the privacy implications, it's more convenient than trading Steam IDs on the PC version.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
22
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And just like on PC and Xbox, a squad game isn't necessarily over when you're dead: incredibly, PUBG Mobile managed to cram the spectator mode in, too.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
23
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

See? Working spectator mode. And since there's voice chat, you can help spot for your teammates, just like on PC and console.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
24
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And don't think that PUBG Mobile skimps on the vehicles, either.

Want to go all Dukes of Hazzard? You can -- with no fewer than three different mobile control schemes. (You can swap the straight-up directional buttons for a tiny steering wheel, for instance.)

No Confederate flag though, for obvious reasons. And no turbo boost for vehicles like on Xbox and PC. That's a surprising omission. 

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
25
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

I sure did. 

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
26
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Hopping into a vehicle couldn't be easier -- and unlike on PC, there's no confusion over whether you're taking the wheel.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
27
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Cars are a bit more powerful on mobile, because it's a little harder to snipe them from across the map.

They still flip end over end like a champ, though, if you hit a slope wrong.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
28
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

You'd think PUBG might have had to cut back on the foliage for mobile... but no! Still provides brilliant cover.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
29
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Unless a jeep is barreling right down at you, of course.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
30
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

See? Barely visible on my buddy's screen.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
31
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And believe it or not, this overhead view of the map is actually better looking than the Xbox One version of the game. Sometimes.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
32
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

On Xbox One, you sometimes still won't see buildings appear at this point in your fall. Impressive to see it working so well on mobile.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
33
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And that's true even with slower phones. Even if you don't have the fastest phone on the market, you might be a able to run the game anyway: PUBG Mobile actually has graphics settings!

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
34
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Yes indeed -- the kickass jetski is already available for you to find and ride in the mobile verison of the game. (It didn't even arrive on PC until last December, and just hit Xbox in March.)

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
35
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Nobody can shoot me if I'm hiding behind a rock out in the ocean, right? Right?

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
36
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Similarly, you can vault over obstacles in PUBG Mobile from day one -- a feature that took months to come to the PC version.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
37
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

But the most important thing about PUBG Mobile is this -- it's just as intense when you're down to the wire, victory within reach. Your heart palpitates. Your hands shake. It's an incredible feeling to get from a game.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
38
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Victory and chicken to-go. Nothing tastes better.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
39
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Particularly when you have friends over for dinner.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
40
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

Share my victory on social media? Don't mind if I do.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
41
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And hey, at least there's a consolation prize when you lose. Another fun little piece of artwork for you to collect.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
42
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

OK, let's talk about what we DON'T like about PUBG Mobile -- or at least the things we're a little uncertain about. 

To start: If your phone isn't the latest, greatest model, the game can take quite a while to load. 

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
43
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And a few times, on a less-than-perfect connection, we got totally booted out. Boo.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
44
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

If you don't carefully customize your controls to fit, you might wind up accidentally spraying bullets all over the place, giving away your position. We sure did.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
45
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

We also had some weird moments where enemies just sat there, facing us, without shooting to kill. We have a sneaking suspicion that PUBG Mobile doesn't just pit you against real human players, but bots too.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
46
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

The mobile version has the very same character customization options as the full PC release -- and the same drawbacks, too. Make sure you like what you select, because changing your character will cost a whopping 3,000 BP of PUBG's in-game currency.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
47
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

There's not as much furniture inside houses in PUBG Mobile. Where'd it all go? Makes it easier to play on the small screen, though.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
48
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued

Foliage, part 3

Draw distances

Draw distances, continued

Graphics settings

Jetski

Jetski, continued

Vaulting

That nailbiting dread

Chicken dinner

Team Chicken

Sharing

Second place

What's the catch?

Dropouts

Accidental spray

Bots?

Pay for plastic surgery

Home improvement needed

Ramps

Put some clothes on

Loot boxes

Loot boxes, continued

Artificial stickiness

Privacy

Currency

Quests

Currency, continued

Get used to this

Why?

Why? part 2

A final thought

See you on the battlegrounds

And staircases, well...

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sean Buckley/CNET
49
of 62

PUBG Mobile

Nails the basics

Mo' Map

You can actually aim

Supremely customizable controls

Gyro aiming

Gyro, continued

Gotcha

Directional hit indicators

Auto-aim

Auto-pickup

*Smart* auto-pickup

Smart auto-pickup, continued

Easy inventory management

Easier revives

Loot box indicators

Less obtrusive map

Tap to point

Auto-sprint

Online multiplayer with voice chat

Easy friend invites

Facebook integration

Spectator mode

Spectating, continued

Cars are here

Goals

Get in the driver's seat

Vehicular mayhem

Foliage

Foliage, continued