‘PUBG’ PTS Update Adds MP5K & Loot on Xbox One & PS4 - Patch Notes

PUBG finally has a new update in the works for PS4 and Xbox One, and interested parties can play it right now on the console Public Test Server. The PTS goes live as of May 21 at 10 p.m. EDT and will conclude sometime on May 28 prior to the final release. Get more details in the patch notes below.

PUBG PTS Update May 21 Patch Notes

New Weapon: MP5K

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The MP5K is a new SMG exclusive to Vikendi. PUBG Corporation

The MP5K is a brand new sub-machine gun chambered for 9mm ammunition. MP5K is exclusive to Vikendi and replaces the Vector on that map.

While the firing mechanics of the MP5K are similar to those of the Vector, it boasts a higher per bullet damage, but with a lower overall firing rate and DPS. This SMG also has a higher magazine capacity than the Vector, starting at 30 rounds by default with 40 rounds in an extended magazine.

Key characteristics of the MP5K:

  • High rate of fire at 900 RPM with reasonably easy to control recoil
  • Accommodates all attachment slots to allow for a tactical stock, different types of magazines, muzzle attachments, grips, the laser sight and, of course, scopes
  • Base damage value of 33
  • Exclusive to Vikendi

Gameplay

Weapon Balance

  • M16A4
    • When firing using burst mode, the initial recoil has been decreased
    • Increased the range before damage fall-off occurs
      • This will help increase M16A4 efficiency when fighting over long distances
    • Canted Sights and the Tactical Stock can now be attached to the M16A4
    • The Tactical Stock will decrease recoil recovery time, animation kick and weapon sway, while also improving ADS speed and hipfire accuracy
  • Vector
    • Vector has been rechambered to use 9mm ammo
    • Magazine capacity has been increased to 19 bullets by default and 33 with an extended mag (was 13/25)
    • Damage decreased from 34 to 31 due to above changes
    • Muzzle velocity changed to 380m/s (previously 300m/s)
  • UMP45
    • The UMP9 has been rechambered to use 45ACP ammo and is now called the UMP45.
    • Magazine capacity has been adjusted to 25 bullets by default and 35 with an extended mag (was 30/40)
    • Gunshot sounds have been changed to be more realistic
    • Muzzle velocity changed to 300m/s (previously 400m/s)
  • MK47 Mutant
    • Tactical Stock can now be attached to the MK47 Mutant
    • The Tactical Stock will decrease recoil recovery time, animation kick and weapon sway, while also improving ADS speed and hipfire accuracy
  • Attachments Balance Modification
    • SMG and Pistol attachments have been combined and can now be used on both weapon types
    • Bullets Loops for Shotguns, Win94 and Kar98k have been combined into one item called Ammo Loops
    • Holo Sights can now attach to pistols
      • When equipped to Pistols, the size of the sight will be reduced to fit more appropriately
  • Hit Area Damage Multiplier Changes
    • Increased SR body shot damage from 110 percent of base damage to 150 percent
    • Increased SMG limb shot damage from 120 percent of base damage to 125 percent
  • Gameplay Balance
    • Decreased the overall aim punch (aim sway) applied when being shot by an enemy
    • First aid kits will no-longer heal instantly after use timer and will instead restore health over a two-second period
    • Vehicles now block players from receiving grenade damage with a similar mechanism used for other objects. Although, depending on grenade position and trajectory, damage can still be dealt to players hiding behind vehicles.

Item Spawn Balance Modification

Erangel Loot Changes

The overall item spawn rates on Erangel have been increased. Additionally, we've increased the spawn rate of some major weapon classes.

  • Increased the spawn rate of ARs (12 percent), DMRs (16 percent) and SMGs (14 percent)
  • SRs and Handguns received a slight spawn rate increase

Due to item changes this patch, including merging some attachments together, there is naturally a gap left in spawns which needs to be filled with other items. Because of this, we have increased the spawn rate of other items evenly. This will also result in a small increase in spawns of high priority items such as ARs, meds etc.

This also means the overall loot for other maps has also increased slightly, although no changes have been made to individual item spawn ratios on other maps.

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With this latest update, it's easier to tell if you're using a canted sight. PUBG Corporation
  • Crosshair UI Improvement for Canted Sight and Scopes
    • Added a new crosshair when using the Canted Sight to help players easily identify which scope they have equipped
  • When using your main scope, you will see the standard crosshair, with an X shaped crosshair when using the Canted Sight

Movement Rustling Sound

  • Weapons
    • Separate rustle sounds now play when equipping weapons in your hands vs holstering on your back
    • Identical rustling sound will be played regardless of weapon type
    • Sidearms, melee weapons and throwables do not make rustling sounds
  • Sound level balance
    • Rustling sounds of backpacks, weapons are all identical in both volume and audible distance
      • Even though the audible range of clothes is same as bags/weapons etc, it may sound like they're heard at a different range due to the volume being lower.
    • Audible distance and volume of the rustling sound changes dynamically based on the characters movement speed
      • The faster you move, the louder the noise, which can then be heard from further away
    • The audible range and the volume of the rustling sound is lower than footsteps

UI/UX

  • In-game lobby background and BGM has been changed
  • System menu UI which can be accessed by pressing the Start button has been redesigned
  • Emotes customization UI has been redesigned
    • You can customize your emotes in the EMOTES tab within the CUSTOMIZATION menu.
    • The maximum number of emote you can use in-game has been changed to eight from 12
      • Starting at 12 o'clock position, four of the emotes positioned counter-clockwise you previously equipped will be unequipped.

Performance

  • Optimized level streaming and improved the loading speed of proximate buildings by 30~40 percent.
    • Material data structure has been optimized.
    • Streaming priority has been optimized based on the prediction of the player's movement direction.
    • Level LOD data has been optimized.
  • Hitching which occurs when texture streams has been optimized.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where footsteps on a steel surface made sound of incorrect material in Sanhok
  • Fixed an issue where characters got stuck on the ceiling when vaulting on certain objects in Sanhok
  • Fixed an issue where vines over the wires in Camp Bravo blocked bullets in Sanhok
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to see past walls by abusing the emote mechanism
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to open or close doors, despite a vehicle blocking it
  • Fixed an issue where players were briefly able to see through a thin wall when leaning against it
  • Fixed an issue where when a player was damaged by two Molotov Cocktails, the player who threw the first will be credited with the kill.
  • Fixed an issue where the smoke coming from a grenade explosion outlines players inside the smoke grenade
  • Fixed an issue where players are unable to lean while standing on a crossbow
  • Fixed an issue where players with poor network connectivity take no damage when exiting moving vehicles
  • Fixed an issue where characters hands move abnormally when switching firing mode on the Bizon
  • Fixed an issue where the Inventory UI displays incorrectly when equipping certain attachments on the QBZ
  • Fixed an issue where a specific object prevents Care Packages from landing on the ground
  • Fixed an issue where players are unable to be revived after the game client is forcibly closed or has crashed
  • Fixed an issue where certain object appear in different locations to other players
  • Fixed an issue which caused heavy FPS drops momentarily using hotkeys to mute or change audio channels.
  • Fixed an issue where automatic mini-map zoom wasn't being activated while inside the plane or parachuting
  • Fixed an issue where using LB or RB while observing would sometimes only cycle between two players
  • Fixed an issue where the canted sight increased ADS speed of other scopes attached
  • Fixed an issue where attaching a specific magazine on the Beryl would display the incorrect magazine model
  • Fixed an issue where switching from the main sight to canted sight would reset reticle brightness
  • Fixed an issue where the camera momentarily moves up and down when vaulting inside of a building
  • Fixed an issue where a character model shakes when moving to prone
  • Fixed an issue which players could drive through a window on a motorbike without breaking the glass
  • Fixed an issue where the reload animation was played twice when you pressing firing key multiple times while reloading Kar98k
  • Fixed an issue where the care package would penetrate a character when a character is on the landing spot
  • Fixed an issue where items get stuck on the floor and are unable to be picked up in certain location

While this PTS update doesn't completely overhaul the struggling PUBG console ports as fans know them, there are a few solid additions here with regard to both features and beformance. Talking of features first, the biggest addition is the MP5K that initially made its PC debut at the end of March. Gameplay changes are also critical, including the merging of attachments, progressive medkit heals and a reduction of grenade damage when behind vehicles. Fans have long hoped for solutions to some of these problems, so it's nice to see them finally being addressed even if it took a long time to get there.

Quite possibly the most underrated change of the update, though, is the 30 to 40 percent increase in asset streaming speed and detail. Despite its many updates, PUBG on PS4 and Xbox One remains an unpleasant experience when compared to PC. This patch won't magically fix everything, but matches should feel a bit smoother than before. Combined with the dozens of bug fixes listed above, there should be a perceptible sense of improvement. While we'd be hard pressed to say this PTS update was entirely worth the suspiciously long wait, it does bring a fair amount of content to the table.

PUBG is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and mobile. The Xbox One and PS4 PTS is available to those who own the base game.

What are your thoughts on the latest PUBG console update? Is this update enough to bring the PS4 and Xbox versions of PUBG back from the dead? Tell us in the comments section!