You can decide whether you want to hunt down or evade opponents from the other ecosystem by toggling an option in the gameplay settings. Leaderboards will display a ranking of all console players, or just those from the platform you play on. Players will have a PlayStation or Xbox icon next to their handles to denote their platform.
However, if you have a PS4 and you want to team up with a buddy on Xbox One, you won’t be able to do that just yet. PUBG Corp plans to build a cross-party feature, but it’s unclear for now when that’ll be available.
PUBG is joining the few, but growing number of games that enable cross-play among PS4 and Xbox One players. They include Fortnite, Rocket League, Dauntless, Paladins, Smite and Realm Royale. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will include cross-play for the two consoles and PC when it arrives later this month.
The PUBG update also brings a new progress tracker called Survival Mastery. It’ll display how you and your teammates fared in a match with a “detailed review of each combat encounter,” and offer you rewards for putting survival skills into practice. You can earn XP through looting, combat, using items in combat and reviving a teammate. The system also brings forth the PUBG ID, a customizable profile through which you can showcase your accomplishments to other players (it doesn’t seem dissimilar to Apex Legends’ banners).
There’s a new crate weapon too: a double-barrelled, pump-action DBS shotgun. That could be useful for hairy, close-quarters encounters as it holds 14 shells and fires two shots a second. In addition, PUBG Corp tweaked the effectiveness of some weapons, made shotgun use more consistent, squished some bugs and added some other features. You can also use healing items while walking — previously, you had to stop moving to activate them.