Could the new stat rival in the PUBG: Battle Royale space be BGMI and PUBG Mobile?

PUBG: New State, the new battle royale game from PUBG and PUBG Mobile publisher Crafton, was launched last week to give gamers a “next-generation” experience. The South Korean publisher has also chosen PUBG Studios to develop PUBG: New State. The developer previously showed off his work on the original PUBG: Battlegrounds for PC and console. But to take on PUBG: New Kingdom in India, Crafton already has its own India-exclusive title – Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI).

In this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks with deputy video head Cyrus John and video editor Robin John about PUBG: New State and how it differs from BGMI.

Although PUBG: New State is set in 2051, its gameplay is very similar to that of PUBG Mobile and BGMI. That said, the game brings new weapons, and vehicles of the future, including electric cars and drones.

In some ways, it feels like a compressed version of PUBG on PC that was launched back in 2017. PUBG: New State has improved graphics that require better resources from your phone. However, Crafton hasn’t provided any specific minimum hardware requirements for the game, and it’s compatible with all devices — at least on paper — that run a minimum of Android 6.0, iOS 13, or iPadOS 13.

Arrival of PUBG: The new state comes a year after the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile. It also debuted just months after Crafton decided to bring back its battle royale experience to Indian gamers in the form of BGMI – which was PUBG Mobile for all intents and purposes.

PUBG New State Hands-On: Futuristic Enough?

PUBG: New State has PUBG Studios as a new developer compared to China’s Tencent Games, which differentiates itself from the original PUBG Mobile. However, features such as the age verification mechanism on the game have not addressed the concerns that were raised against the earlier version.

Some users also noticed lag while playing PUBG: New State shortly after launch. However, the publisher pushed out an update earlier this week to fix some known issues.

In less than a week after its launch, PUBG: New State also managed to garner 10 million downloads on Google Play. This suggests the early popularity of the title, coming after the success of PUBG Mobile and BGMI.

That said, gamers who don’t have Heavy Duty hardware, or who have already switched their profile from PUBG Mobile, are unlikely to move away from BGMI and move to PUBG: New State in the near future.

We discuss some of the reasons why gamers may stick to BGMI – despite being offered an enhanced experience on PUBG: New Kingdom. We also talk about how PUBG: New State opens up new opportunities for gaming-focused mobile devices in the market.

You can listen to all this and more in our nearly 30-minute-long conversation by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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