PUBG Xbox One Hits 1 Million Players In First 48 Hours
1 million players and counting.
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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds launched on Xbox One last week in the Game Preview program and it was a quick hit. Playerunknown himself, Brendan Greene, said on Twitter that the game reached 1 million players on Xbox One after just two days. The game has not been without its issues on Xbox One, which is to be expected given the game is in an unfinished state. Greene said players can expect continuous updates for PUBG to improve and expand on the game going forward. After all, developer Bluehole is treating PUBG as a games-as-a-service title, so this kind of support is to be expected.
"This is humbling, so thank you all!" Greene said of the 1 million player milestone. "It's the start of the road on console for us," Greeene said. "We've lots to improve & update over the coming months & w/ your feedback we'll make a great game together!"
Over 1M players tried @PUBATTLEGROUNDS within 48hrs of launch on @Xbox Game Preview! This is humbling, so thank you all!— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) December 15, 2017
It’s the start of the road on console for us. We‘ve lots to improve & update over the coming months & w/ your feedback we’ll make a great game together!
It's interesting that Greene used the word "tried" when talking about how many people have played PUBG so far on Xbox One. Unlike basically every other Game Preview title, PUBG does not offer a free trial. This is a bummer, considering many would like to try an unfinished game like PUBG before buying it, and Microsoft's reasoning for why there is no trial might leave some players unsatisfied. Microsoft previously said that all Xbox Game Preview titles would have a free trial available, making this news all the more troubling.
Regarding PUBG's performance issues on Xbox One, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said on Twitter that he recently met with the team at Bluehole. "We are seeing feedback and will continue to update," he said.
PUBG costs $30 USD on Xbox One, so 1 million sales amounts to around $30 million in revenue. In other PUBG news, Microsoft is throwing in a free copy of the game with the purchase of a new Xbox One X through the end of the year. You can learn more about this special offer in GameSpot's previous coverage.