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AMD’s dropped its latest Radeon Software Crimson 17.8.2 driver just in time for the Destiny 2 beta. Similar to Nvidia’s driver release yesterday this includes performance optimisations for Bungie’s co-op sci-fi shooter, alongside the newly launched F1 2017 from Codemasters. That’s not all though because AMD has also been busy nailing down performance boosts for Radeon RX Vega users playing a little-known game called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is becoming a little ridiculous at this point. The battle royale shooter is now the most popular non-Valve game in Steam’s 14-year existence, attracting 481,291 concurrent players over the weekend and pipping Fallout 4 to third spot. It now sits behind just DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Never ones to sit and rest on their laurels, Bluehole has also outlined the major August update coming to PUBG today, as well as addressing the thorny issue of loot boxes.
Bluehole and the ESL have announced the world’s first PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational, inviting eighty of the world’s best PUBG players to compete for a $350,000 prize pool at a LAN event in Cologne, Germany. In order to fund this, Bluehole has made the rather controversial decision to introducce loot crates to PUBG, each containing unique cosmetic items.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ meteoric rise to success shows no sign of abating. According to the latest Steamcharts data, Bluehole’s battle royale showdown now boasts the fourth highest peak player count in Steam’s history, eclipsing the mighty GTA V’s launch week.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is going to be updated with first-person servers as part of the August update. First-person servers will fix the camera in a first-person perspective, rather than switch between first and third-person as it does currently. It’s a feature fans have been crying out for, particularly those after a purer experience and avoiding the ‘peeking’ that can be achieved by manipulating a third-person camera.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a phenomenal success, and part of this was down to the transparency of PlayerUnknown himself. While the likes of DayZ and H1Z1 linger in a state of perpetual Early Access, Battlegrounds has been regularly and consistently updated with new content, while PlayerUnknown himself has been keen to get out there say the full game would be within six months of its Early Access launch. Progress has been solid, but unfortunately, PlayerUnknown has now addressed the community and delayed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launch.