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PUBG Xbox One Update changes controls

Since the initial release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the game on the console platform. It’s release on the Xbox Game Preview program 12 December 2018 saw huge interest, with 1 million copies sold within 48 hours. Players flocked to the Xbox version of the  Battle Royale. But PUBG was not without its controversy.

PUBG Update addresses some of the most common complaints

Right from the beginning, there were immediate complaints from the community about frame rate, rubberbanding, control layouts and even game crashes. All valid complaints since these are some of the issues that PUBG corp clearly still had some work to put in to. Over the PUBG Corp kept updating on Xbox One to address these issues, taking community feedback into consideration as they go. On 21 January 2018 PUBG received yet another update for the Xbox One and it made some fundamental changes.

PUBG Xbox One Control changes

Selecting your Pistol has been assigned to the ‘Up’ button on your controller D-pad. Before changing from primary weapon to your pistol was done by repeatedly pressing ‘Y’ on the controller to cycle through your firearms. This was a clunky system that leads to many players simply discarding of their pistols, avoiding having to cycle over it before being able to select a secondary weapon. Like in other first-person shooters, its’ often faster to switch your weapon than it is to reload. This change undoubtedly comes based on feedback from the Xbox One PUBG community. Prepare yourself for more switching to secondary weapons in the heat of a firefight during the coming weeks on PUBG.

A new controller preset option has also been added. This new controller preset supports holding ‘LT’ to aim down the site, instead of just having to tap ‘LT’. This will add to the quality of play for many players, as holding ‘LT’ to aim down site is common on most console FPS titles.

Other fixes with PUBG Xbox One Update

To date over 3 million copies of PUBG for Xbox One has been sold. Seeing the popularity of the game, it’s no surprise that PUBG Corp keeps pushing out a steady flow of updates to improve the overall experience of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One. Fixes to the crashes players (including me and everyone I have played PUBG with on the Xbox) has been addressed. Rubberbanding and server performance has also seen improvements following the new PUBG Xbox One Update. See the full patch notes from the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Forums below:


  • Pistols have been removed from Y button’s weapon rotation and grouped with the melee weapon.
  • Players can now equip pistols by pressing ‘up’ on the D pad.



  • Continued improvements related to player “rubber banding”.
  • Enhanced server performance while parachuting.



  • Added a new controller preset to options menu.
    • Type B (new preset) now supports:
      • Holding LT to aim down sight.
      • Holding LB to use 3rd person perspective aim sight.
  • Controller guide has been updated to include  the new controller preset.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where players repositioned out of the battleground after certain actions and remained invulnerable until the end of the match.
  • Additional memory and non-memory related crash fixes.
  • Fixed the inability to join duo/squad through invites outside of game.


Known issues to be addressed next patch:

  • Dropping objects causes the player to switch weapons.
  • User is unable to switch grenade types when tapping right on the D-Pad.

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