The battle royale genre or style blew up after the release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG. The game’s success prompted several developers to release their battle royale games. Things exploded better when these games made their way to smartphones. The free-to-play model played a massive part in making the games famous. But for numerous gamers, playing shooting games on a touch screen is not intuitive and doesn’t feel as satisfying as using a mouse & keyboard. But considering not everyone is ready to pay for PUBG on PC or has a powerful PC enough to run the game, you are not left with much of choice, or so it would seem. So if you have been looking at how you can get the best of both worlds, I have got you covered. So, here is how to play PUBG Mobile on PC.
Play PUBG Mobile on Windows PC in 2020
Recently, there are two official and top ways to Play PUBG on Windows PCs. The most leading one is the Gameloop emulator, developed by Tencent because it has a huge player base and runs precisely like PUBG Mobile. It was earlier called the Tencent Gaming Buddy, but it has now been renamed to Gameloop. Next is PUBG Lite, a proper desktop game developed by Tencent for Windows PCs. Last year in July, it was released, and since then, PUBG Lite has even amassed a significant player base. We’ll go through both of them and find out which one is the perfect way to play PUBG on PCs. So without further ado, let’s begin with Gameloop first and learn how to set it up. In the end, I have highlighted the optimal settings that you should use to run the game seamlessly.
Play PUBG Mobile on PC: Set Up Gameloop Emulator
Gameloop is the perfect-ever emulator for PUBG Mobile, and it is relatively simple and easy-to-use. You’ll have to download the setup file from this link & install the emulator on your Windows PC to get started.
Furthermore, the setup process is quite simple & straightforward; just run the .exe file, & the setup wizard will guide you through the process. Additionally, the setup executable will first install the emulator on your system, after which you can tap on PUBG Mobile to download the game.
Adjust Emulator Settings for Great Performance
By the time the game downloads, you will set up the emulator to ensure optimal performance as your system’s default settings do not offer the best performance. To do that, tap on the hamburger menu in the upper right corner of the emulator home screen and click on the ‘Settings’ option.
Now in the settings option, you will have to make the following given changes to ensure outstanding performance:
1. Firstly, in the ‘Basics‘ tab of the Setting Center, you do not have to make any major changes to improve the performance, but you can choose if you wish to run the emulator at Windows startup or not. And by default, the option is turned on; if you have got an older PC or don’t have a boot SSD, I would suggest that you turn off the option so that the emulator does not impact the startup/reboot time of your PC.
2. In the ‘Engine’ tab, you are required to turn on the ‘Prioritize Dedicated GPU’ setting to ensure that the emulator uses the dedicated GPU on your system, which will significantly improve the performance. And if you do not have a dedicated GPU, turning on the setting will not affect the performance.
3. Choose the highest memory setting available in the ‘Memory’ drop-down menu, now select the max number of cores in the ‘Processor’ drop-down menu, afterward set the resolution according to your personal preference.
In my testing, I even found that selecting the lowest possible DPI from the ‘DPI’ drop-down menu also positively impacts the performance. When you are done changing the settings, you will need to restart the emulator for the settings to take effect, but ensure you restart after the download is complete, or you probably have to begin downloading the game from scratch.
Adjust In-Game Settings for Great Performance
You have now got the game downloaded and have already applied the optimal settings; you can run the game. The primary time you start the game, you will see a controls panel to the emulator’s right, which will list down all the keyboard & mouse controls to play the game. While many PC gamers will be familiar with the controls, if you have never played a shooting game on your PC before, and I would strongly suggest you go through the controls & memorize them, and you can. The panel can be hidden when not in use.
You can now log-in to your Facebook or Twitter account to sync your PUBG Mobile data or play as a guest if you do not want to log-in to your account. Do note that if you log-in with the same credentials that you used on your mobile, all your PUBG Mobile account information will be carried forward to the emulator, & the stats will certainly remain synced up no matter which platform you play the game on.
When you’re logged in, you can customize the in-game settings as per your preference and your system’s capabilities. My system contains an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, coupled with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti & 16GB of RAM, and I use the following given settings:
With these settings, the game runs rather fine on my system with minor stutters and lags here & there, which is expected since we are running the game on an emulator. Do not expect the game to run, and it would run on a high-end smartphone, even if you’ve high-end hardware powering your PC.
Moreover, you might also want to change the controls according to your liking by tapping on the ‘Customize’ button in the left bottom corner of the ‘Controls’ tab in the in-game settings menu.
Another thing you might need to adjust before playing any games is sensitivity. Well, in my experience, the default sensitivity settings are a little bit too sensitive for my liking, & I lowered them down considerably to make camera panning, ADS, and scope sensitivity a bit more manageable.
When you’re done customizing everything as per your liking, you can jump straight into a game and enjoy playing PUBG Mobile on your PC. Note that players using an emulator will only be matched with other players using an emulator to keep the playing field level. And although the game enables you to enter matches with your buddies who are playing on mobile devices, your buddies might find themselves at a significant disadvantage going against players using a keyboard & mouse.
Play PUBG Lite on Windows PC
As I said earlier, PUBG Lite is another way you can enjoy this awesome battle royale game on your Windows PC. Tencent itself has developed the game, so there’s not much to do for installation. Just tap and install. Besides that, your PC should have at least 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000, an i3 processor, or mid-tier AMD Radeon graphics and should be running Windows 10, 7, or 8. So, let’s move to the installation steps.
1. Tap on this link and download PUBG Lite on your PC. If the installer says some drivers or libraries are missing, so you can download those files from the same link.
2. Afterward, run the program from the desktop shortcut and log-in to your PUBG account. After that, tap on the “Install” button, and you’re done. The PUBG Lite size is around 3.9GB, so it’ll take considerable time to download and install it.
3. When the installation is done, open the game, and you’ll be able to play PUBG on your Windows PC just well.
4. However, if you wish to customize PUBG for a desktop environment, change some settings: firstly, increase the render scale to 120; now set the field of view at a 90-degree angle; and move anti-aliasing from medium to ultra depend on your PC’s configuration. These settings are my recommendations, but you can also try your own and see what combination yields better FPS output & graphics quality.
Play PUBG Mobile on PC & Grab that Chicken Dinner
So, that rounds up how to play PUBG Mobile on your PC. The Tencent Gameloop emulator is no doubt the best emulator to run PUBG Mobile out there. Although many other famous Android emulators, such as Bluestacks and Nox, do not offer the same fluid gameplay experience you would get with the Tencent Gameloop. You can even try playing PUBG Lite if your primary reason for playing PUBG Mobile is an old PC. PUBG Lite does not require powerful hardware & can run on lower-end PCs.
Now that you know very well how to play PUBG Mobile on PC, do you think you will improve your gameplay and ranking in the game? So, share your experiences in the comments down below, and if you face any issues, I will do my best to offer solutions to whatever problems you might encounter while running PUBG Mobile on your PC.