'PUBG' PTS Update 8.1 Adds Season 8 & Sanhok 2.0 on Xbox & PS4: Patch Notes

PUBG has a new PTS update on PS4 and Xbox One that brings update 8.1 to console platforms. Want to see what Season 8 is all about with its Loot Trucks, Gas Can changes and Sanhok remaster? You've come to the right place. Check out the full patch notes courtesy of a post on the game's official subreddit.

PUBG PTS Update 8.1 Patch Notes

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'PUBG' update 8.1 has arrived on the Xbox and PS4 PTS. Read the full patch notes here. 'PUBG' is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Sadia. PUBG Corporation

Sanhok Remaster

  • Looks, plays and performs better.
  • Bootcamp: Longer sight lines and underground caverns
  • Quarry: More balanced with better cover and rope bridges added.
  • Mongnai (Airfield): Farns replaced by new area with Motor Glider.
  • Docks (Getaway): More loot and interesting destinations.
  • Ruins: Bigger and more maze-like with more loot.
  • Mountain: More pathways to make it easier to reach and leave when you must.
  • Cave: A new temple has been added to the area.
  • River: Bridges added to give players more options.
  • Pai Nan / Khao / Sahmee / Kampong: Increased verticality, wider roads and Loot Truck added.
  • Bhan: Removed for a new area with houses

New Feature: Loot Truck

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Th Loot Truck offers a new risk-reward scenario for getting high-level gear. PUBG Corporation

The Loot Truck is a brand new feature that gives players an additional, albeit risky, way to gear up. Trucks spawn in one of several garages around the island and drive along roads, enticing players to attack them. As these trucks take damage, they'll drop some loot and continue on their way. Players persistent enough to destroy the truck will be rewarded with an even bigger cache of weapons and gear. Be careful when attacking these rolling behemoths, though - they can take a lot of damage and doing so will certainly draw some attention.

  • Up to four Loot trucks are spawned at the start of the match.
  • Each truck is spawned separately inside of one the special garages scattered around the map.
  • When a truck is destroyed, new truck will be spawned from the garage.
  • Total number of 8 loot trucks can be spawned in a single match.

Heavy Armour

  • Loot truck can be damaged and destroyed with weapons/throwables
  • However, the loot truck takes decreased damage due to its heavy armour.
  • As loot truck receives damage, it will start to drop lootable small or large containers.
    • Dropped containers can be looted.
  • When the truck's durability hits 0%, the truck will explode and give excess to large amount of best loot including possible exclusive weapon loot.
    • Exclusive weapons are weapons with a pre-applied skin with a unique name.

Loot trucks are only spawned in normal matches during 8.1 update!

Balance update

Remastered Sanhok will feature mostly similar item spawns compared to previous version of Sanhok.

  • However, the Panzerfaust has now been added to world spawn loot.

Vehicle spawns in Sanhok has been slightly adjusted to fit the new map.

  • Some vehicle spawn spots were deleted to make way to the new loot truck's path.

Weather

  • Remastered Sanhok will feature clear day, sunrise, sunset, and overcast weather types.

Other changes

  • Due to the remake of 'Getaway' (previously Docks), Docks map is now removed from TDM map selection.
  • Updated Sanhok will be available on both Normal/Ranked matches as well as in Custom matches.
    • Old Sanhok will be no longer available in all game modes.
  • New Sanhok themed lobby and exclusive BGM has been updated.
  • Adjusted the Fade effect of the bluezone walls to look more natural.

Survivor Pass: Payback

With the new season comes a new Survivor Pass! Survivor Pass: Payback lets you earn nearly 100 new skins as you explore the remastered island of Sanhok. Complete special missions to unlock unique weapon skins and face paints. We've also increased the XP you can earn through playing and surviving, up to 7200 XP per day just by playing the game!

Deleted Mission tabs

Following 3 mission tabs were deleted from the survivor pass.

  • Community Mission
  • Progression Mission
  • Beginner Mission

Changes in Season missions

  • After the update, unlike before, all missions will be opened rather than waiting for each mission to be opened every month.
  • Complete all 4 types of Sanhok related missions to earn total 4 different weapon skins.

Challenge Mission

  • These are challenging missions based on the theme 'Survival.'
  • They are composed of total 16 missions capable of earning 4 make-up items.

Survivor Pass XP

  • Now players will be able to acquire more XP proportional to the time survived in normal/ranked match.
  • Players can earn approx. 600XP per 1 hour of normal gameplay and maximum 7200 XP per day.

Gameplay

Gas Can Improvements

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With these changes the Gas Can becomes a more seamless part of the environment. PUBG Corporation

The Gas Can improvements, which were postponed from update 7.2, are now back with some changes!

  • Changes from 7.2 patch
    • Spilled fuel was too easy to be spotted making difficult for players to make ambushes.
    • Spilled fuel is now blend much better with the environment making it difficult to spot.
    • Fuel now splatter in larger areas/puddles so that once its lit, it flames similar to the molotov's flame.
    • We have decreased the number of fuel cans and increased the spawn time in the training mode.
  • You can now equip Gas Cans in the melee weapon slot.
  • Press "attack" to pour gas on the ground. It takes around 7 seconds to empty the can.
  • Spilled fuel can be set on fire with gunshots, molotovs, and grenade explosions.
    • Fire deals the same damage as a molotov, but burns longer (~20 seconds).
    • Spilled fuel evaporates in about 3.5 minutes.
  • You can also throw the Gas Cans the same way as melee weapons (aim, then press attack), which causes it to release some fuel upon landing, making it easier to ignite and explode.
    • Jerry Cans cannot be picked up or reused after being thrown, but can still explode.
  • Changes to Jerry Can explosions:
    • Deals less initial damage. Max 40 dmg, which scales down with distance from the explosion.
    • Now sets the nearby area on fire like a molotov, dealing damage over time.

Parachute Follow Feature

Added parachute follow to help teammates land together.

This feature was temporarily removed after its addition in Update 6.2 due to some technical issues which have now been resolved.

  • During the pre-match countdown, follow UI will be shown at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Open the map to select a teammate to follow.
  • You can still select a teammate to follow up until exiting the plane.
  • After selecting a teammate to follow, you can cancel on the map screen, or also by holding the cancel button(PS4: O / Xbox & Stadia: B) while in the plane, or while actively following a player in your parachute.
  • If you're obstructed by terrain or an object, your follow will be cancelled.
  • A new icon has been added to better highlight the "Disable Follow" option.

Ranked Mode

New Season

A new Ranked Season has begun. Ranked Rewards for Season 7 will be distributed to players shortly after launching into the new season.

  • Vikendi has been added to the Ranked map pool.
  • Player ranks have been reset
    • Players will be given their initial rank after 5 placement matches.
    • MMR has been soft-reset, so your initial Season 8 placement will be influenced by your Season 7 rank.
  • Leaderboards have been reset

Game Mode Updates

  • Team placements
    • RP (Ranked Point) acquired based on players performance will have to account for Team placement rather than individual placement
      • When a player leaves a match even though teammates are still alive, placement points will be calculated based on the team placement at the very moment when the player leaves the match.
  • If the player decides to stay with the teammates and the team wins the chicken dinner, the player's placement point will be considered as 1st place.
  • Bonus kill points
    • When killing an enemy player whose rank is higher than 5 divisions, (ex. Silver 5 killing Gold 5 player) player will be able to earn a bonus RP.
      • The greater the difference in rank tiers, the more bonus RP granted to players.
      • Killing a higher ranked player will grant bonus BP RP.
  • RP Growth rate adjustment
    • In order to have players reach the rank best matching their skills, we have adjusted the RP growth rate 50% greater.
  • The minimum Survival Mastery level to participate in Ranked Mode has been increased to level 40 (previously level 20).

Ranked mode ruleset update

With Vikendi joining the Ranked, overall update has been made to the ranked mode rule set.

  • Vikendi is now playable in Ranked mode.
    • Vikendi's bluezone has been adjusted accordingly to match Ranked mode.
    • Vikendi's redzone has been removed just like other maps in Ranked mode.
  • Item
    • Small amount of M249 is now spawned in the world
    • DBS is now spawned in the world
    • Mosin-Nagant is now spawned in Erangel/Vikendi.
    • Small amount of crossbow is now spawn in the world.
  • Vehicles
    • Vehicles are now spawned on the Esports fixed spawn locations
      • However, in Ranked mode, vehicle will be not spawned in '100%' possibility.
    • Motorglider is now spawned in Ranked.
      • Motorglider is only spawned in Erangel/Miramar.
      • Motorglider will have small amount of fuel ready in the tank.
  • Flare Gun
    • BRDM-2 is no longer summonable with a flare gun.
      • BRDM-2 has been to overpowered in ranked mode than our expectations.

Ranked-FPP Mode

  • Ranked FPP is removed.

Survival Mastery

  • Maximum amount of Survival mastery exp available per match is now set to 1500XP.

Performance

  • Optimized the unnecessary process during opening and closing UI such as inventory and maps to improve hitching
  • Desynchronized how the game loads icons in the inventory to improving hitching during icon loading process.
  • The game now preloads bluezone before the game starts so that no more hitching occurs while loading a bluezone when match starts
  • Optimized the physical actors (objects) to improve CPU performance.
  • Thread scheduling optimization to improve CPU performance.

Sound

Footstep sound re-design and remaster

In order to provide better sounds, following improvements has been made

For more details of the improvements, please refer to the dev letter planned for release along with a test server update!

  • Quality & details of the sound resource itself has been improved.
  • Quality upgrade to footstep sounds by distance.
  • Minimized the sound difference between bare foot and with a shoe equipped.

UI/UX

In-game HUD Improvement

  • Improved the boost icon so that players can visually distinguish the 2 different stages of running boost.

Loading splash art improvement

  • New splash art has been applied to match players with 4K resolution.

New Caption

  • New caption has been added to the main menu Store tab to notify new items.

UI Design Improvements

  • Unified the style of the drop-down menu and improved for much more clear understanding on control method=.
  • Improved the style of toll tips to be more consistent.

Emote preview feature

  • Now you can preview your emote from "Customize" > "Emote".

Added Irish language

  • Now PUBG officially supports Irish. Brendan Greene is Irish, BTW (Will not be provided on PTS, will be available from the 8.1 Live server update.)

Social

'Team up' System

Now you can easily 'Team Up' with other players who you've met in normal, ranked matches!

  • In match result screen of both normal and ranked matches, you can now use the Team Up button to form a team.
  • In case of premade teams, only the team's host can activate the Team Up button.
  • Death cam will be still available after pressing the Team Up button.
  • When Team Up is successful, new team will be redirected to the game lobby screen after 5 seconds
  • If there are no other players left in the match result screen, player won't be able to activate Team Up.

Friend list improvement

  • Friend list is now updated in real-time

New Skin & Items

Available from August 5th

  • Starfairy weapon set
    • Starfairy - Vector
    • Starfairy - SCAR-L
    • Starfairy - AWM
  • Corgi Helmet Set
    • Corgi Crew - Helmet (Level 1)
    • Corgi Crew - Helmet (Level 2)
    • Corgi Crew - Helmet (Level 3)
  • Corgi Backpack Set
    • Corgi Crew Backpack (Level 1)
    • Corgi Crew Backpack (Level 2)
    • Corgi Crew Backpack (Level 3)
  • TBR Items
    • hambinooo's Gloves
    • hambinooo's Hoodie
    • spajKK's Gloves
    • spajKK's Hat
    • spajKK's Shirt
  • Emotes
    • Victory Dance 22

Custom Match

"Custom Match Update! Part 1!"

  • New presets are added.
  • Normal Mode
  • Crossbow Mode (Ghillie crossing)
    • World spawn weapons will only include crossbows, melee weapons and throwable weapons.
    • Ghillie suits will spawn in the world.
    • 4-man squads will fight on Erangel.
    • Initial Safe Zone will form around the centre of the map.
  • One Weapon Wonder
    • Can you win a chicken dinner with your given weapon.
    • You will start the match with one preset loadout.
    • You will have some basic items, but no ammo for your weapon.
    • Loot items and ammo after landing and show what you're made of!
  • War Mode
    • Basic Setting : Camp Jackal map is added
      • Bomb Kit(Dodgebomb)
      • VSS Kit
      • Overpower Kit: Camp Jackal map is added
      • Sniper Kit (One shot, one kill)
  • We're planning to introduce additional modes to the game. Also, we're developing new match settings so don't miss out!

Bug Fixes

Gameplay

  • Fixed the issue where footstep sounds were not played properly.
  • Fixed the abnormally quiet footstep sound played on certain floor types in large apartment building, Erangel.
  • Fixed the issue where melee weapons teleport when thrown inside a vehicle
  • Fixed the awkward movement of No.2 player character when pressing ready.
  • Fixed an issue where DBNO character moves continuously from other players' point of view.
  • Fixed an issue where BP calculation malfunctioned in public matches with Bots involved.
  • Fixed an issue where if a player enters ADS with 4x scope equipped and moves it down, part of the reticle blinks.
  • Fixed an issue of when reloading AR/DMR and switching it to a secondary weapon and back as a primary weapon, the reload animation does not play and enables the player to shoot quickly.
  • Fixed a sound issue of other players' footstep sounds being louder than your player's.
  • Fixed a visual issue of knees not showing on a female character when Festive pants and Jockey boots are equipped together.
  • Fixed an issue where the landing footstep sound is played one more time from the remote player's perspective when vaulting or ledge grabbing.
  • Fixed an issue where the Normal/Ranked toggle UI appears even when season is set to Season 1 - 6 in "Career>Stats".
  • Fixed an issue of the camera view miss-locating when you change your throwing stance in FPP on a running train while looking against the direction the train is going.

World

  • Fixing the floating part of the race track in training map.
  • Fixed the issue with certain object becoming invisible when using scopes in the training mode
  • Fixed the issue where players could land on certain point in mid-air
  • Fixed the issue where windows in Cement Factory building would not brake when players vault.
  • Fixed a sound issue in Erangel apartments where if you are located in a different floor, volume of other players' footsteps on concrete is noticeably smaller than footsteps on wood.
  • Fixed an issue on Miramar where footstep sounds are not heard continuously when performing certain steps.

UI/UX

  • Fixed the excessively narrow scroll bar located in the store menu
  • Fixed the false preview screen displayed in customize tab when previewing item boxes which are still on sale
  • Fixed the unnecessary penalty pop-up message displayed in ranked mode after spectating the players killer player
  • Fixed the issue where players were directed to wrong menu screen
  • Fixed the wrong season title displayed in the Career menu
  • Fixed the issue where observing player's weapon UI is not correctly displayed.
  • Fixed the issue of when you view a player's gamer card from the custom match lobby, the number of players were visible in the rich presence.
  • Fixed an issue the death cam isn't played and moved to lobby even when you press the death cam button from the results page.
  • Fixed an issue of the player Card's 3D modeling not being displayed from the Mastery Tab.
  • Fixed an issue of loot glow/pulse affect not saving preference.
  • Fixed an issue where the name of the PCS1-M416 skin is displayed as M16A4 when the game language is set to Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where the 'Survival Level Too Low' UI styling doesn't match the design.
  • Fixed an issue where the profile image of the Xbox player from the recently played list is a default image.
  • Fixed an issue where the Normal/Ranked toggle UI appears even when season is set to Season 1 - 6 in "Career>Stats".

Skin & Item

  • Fixed the issue where character's neck part becoming invisible when equipping biker jacket and Ice Princess costume.
  • Fixed the issue where part of Tenebres AKM weapon skin remaining the weapon even after changing to other skin type.
  • Fixed the issue of PEL 2019 Phase 3 item displayed as other item
  • Fixed the clipping issue with Major Trouble costume with a character.
  • Fixed the clipping issue with PLAYERUNKNOWN'S Trenchcoat and PGC 2019 Combat pants.

In other words, just like its PC counterpart, the latest PUBG PTS update on console looks to be one of the game's biggest overhauls in quite some time. The adjustments made to Sanhok in its remaster are both restrained and intelligent in that they keep popular areas mostly intact while swapping out underused sections of the map for something more interesting. Need a reason to visit the smaller shanty towns? How about the possibility of finding a Loot Truck amongst the shacks? There are few things that could make Mongnai more worthwhile than the chance of securing a Motor Glider.

As if a totally reworked map wasn't enough to make the 8.1 PTS worth a glance, smaller adjustments like changes to the Gas Can and a Parachute Follow feature should be enough to drag you in. Starting with the projectile, the revised Gas Can has spills that are harder to see, and it can now be thrown like a grenade in the heat of battle. These tweaks essentially make the item a more seamless part of the environment, which offers up a slew of new gameplay opportunities. While it took a while to get here, the Parachute Follow feature also sounds cool, taking cues from games like Apex Legends that have always allowed squads to deploy together. It's a total bummer FPP has been cut from Ranked, but everything else in these patch notes sounds super interesting.

PUBG is available now on PC, Xbox One and PS4. The PTS is expected to run for about one week before being released as a live update.

What do you think of the PUBG 8.1 PTS update? Are you excited to see what Season 8 has to offer? Tell us in the comments section!