'PUBG' Update 1.65 Adds Season 11 and Emergency Pickup on PS4 and Xbox—Patch Notes

PUBG update 11.1 has made its way to console as version 1.65 on PS4. While it may not feature the glitz and glamour of a new map or gun, it does bring back the fan-favorite Paramo map and introduces the Emergency Pickup support item. There are also a few interesting buffs and nerfs that make slight adjustments to the battle royale meta. The full details arrive courtesy of a recent blog post from PUBG's developers at PUBG Corporation.

PUBG console update 1.65 patch notes

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'PUBG' update 11.1 makes its way to console as version 1.65. Read the patch notes below to see all the big changes. 'PUBG' is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Stadia. PUBG Corporation

Season 11 Ranked Begins

Honor-based rewards will only unlock for the following season to make sure players continue to strive for the latest one. The ranked season will run for two months regardless of when the Survivor Pass is expected to end.

  • Ranked Rewards Table Changes
    • Ranked Parachute skins are provided from Gold and above.
    • Vehicle skins are no longer provided in Ranked.
    • Animated emblems are provided for Platinum and above.
    • Master and Top 500 receive a Nameplate and Emblem.
    • Emblems and Nameplates are "Honor Rewards" and are provided as "Unlock" types.
  • Updated Rewards Table
    • Season 11 reward design will be revealed through a separate announcement.
  • Unlock Rewards
    • The highest rank Unlock Rewards can be used in the next Ranked Season.
    • Unlock Rewards can be found in the inventory at the start of the new Season.
    • Once the Ranked Season is over and the server maintenance begins, Unlock Rewards will be collected from the inventory.

Season 11 Ranked Updates

Spawn rates for all weapons in Ranked Mode will be increased similar to a level similar to Esports Mode, on all maps. We have increased the amount of item spawns by 30 percent – 40 percent to reduce time spent looting. There are no changes to other item or vehicle spawn rates.

The Return of Paramo

Based on your feedback, we've brought back Paramo to Normal and Custom matches, as Haven and Karkin bid farewell.

Check out the changes to Paramo this update!

  • Added one random spot(total of four).
  • Increased item spawn rates in the Secret Room and Care Package Helicopter.
  • Improved terrain and added additional cover to fields.

Normal Matches

  • Up to 64 players can play in a match (bots included).

Custom Matches

  • Now available in Custom Matches
  • Added Secret Room Key to spawn options.

Map Service Plans

  • Playable maps will be reduced to five to improve matchmaking.
  • Miramar and Erangel will stay in place, while the other three rotate. Paramo will be rotating in for this update.
  • Paramo has been fine tuned.

Weapon Balance Updates

To help keep matches exciting and make sure players have many viable battle choices, we've decided to nerf the Beryl and SLR. On the other hand, we've seen that certain guns are underperforming, and so we are giving the Mini-14, VSS and SCAR-L small buffs.

  • Mini-14
    • Increased damage by +1. (46 → 47)
  • VSS
    • Increased damage by +2. (41 → 43)
  • SCAR-L
    • Increased damage by +1. (41 → 42)
  • SLR
    • Increased horizontal recoil by 15 percent.
    • Decreased recoil recovery rate from 2.1 → 1.9
  • Beryl
    • Increased horizontal recoil magnitude by 5 percent
    • Increased horizontal recoil speed from 10 → 11
    • Increased vertical recoil speed by +1.5 (15 → 16.5)

New Feature: Emergency Pickup

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The Emergency Pickup transports squads to the safes area of the map. PUBG Corporation
  • Sixty seconds after deployment, up to four players can attach themselves to a balloon. That balloon is then picked up by a plane that transports attached players to the center of the Safe Zone.
  • Players can drop at any point during the flight.
  • Cannot be used before the first circle and after the fourth circle.
  • Cannot be used indoors or anywhere terrain blocks the plane.
  • Exclusive to Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok and Vikendi.

Emergency Pickup can be used effectively in the following situations:

  • Stuck deep in the Blue Zone or are otherwise unable to outrun it
  • Have to cross an open field with little cover while engaging another team
  • When you and your teammates want to find a safer looting location

Be aware of the following once you're picked up by the plane:

  • Once picked up by the plane, you cannot shoot, so be wary of taking fire while you're midair.. especially if there is a Motor Glider around.
  • Players on the rope can receive damage and are therefore vulnerable to mid-air attacks from a Motor Glider.
  • Players can detach from the rope at anytime and deploy the parachute.
  • At an altitude of less than 50 meters, the parachute is unable to be deployed.
  • Camera is locked in TPP for the duration of the journey.

Mastery Medal Updates

Ten new types of Mastery Medals have been added.

  • While the first medal update focused on killing skills in battle, this update adds medals that focus on multiple combat situations and play styles.
  • For example, medals have been added for missed victories, taking down a whole enemy squad, coming out on top in certain unlucky situations and even for working well with your team.

Mastery Medals can be acquired in both Normal Matches and Ranked, but not Arcade, Labs and Custom Matches. Each medal specifics which game modes they can be acquired in.

PUBG ID Updates

  • Players can now display up to two medals on their PUBG ID, as an awesome way to show off your achievements.
    • Upgrading a medal tier will remove the old medal and only display the higher tier medal.
  • Players can customize their PUBG ID from the Customize tab.
  • PUBG ID will now be shown as a profile pop-up, rather than the previous passport format.

Mutual Friends

The previous PUBG friend system only allowed you to follow another player. In the new Mutual Friends feature, players will be able to become friends with one another. Alongside this change are more improvements detailed below.

  • Friends list now supports up to a maximum of 300 friends.
  • A "Friend Request" tab has been added to the Social Page. Mutual friend's activity status can be found here.
  • You can choose to block requests from specific players desired players for 30 days. Once a player is blocked, you're unable to unblock them during that time period.
  • The "Following" feature is no longer supported, with previously followed players listed under "Previous List".
    • Friend requests can be sent from this list.

UI/UX Improvements

Killfeed Updates

  • The killfeed now uses graphics only, with the text-only option no-longer being supported.
  • DBNO and headshot icons are now separated for improved visibility.

New Feature: Match Log

As text kill feeds are no longer supported, we have added a new screen to view the log of matches using the existing text kill feed feature.

  • Match Logs can be accessed from the Menu and include the following info:
    • Kill messages
    • Important messages (all messages displayed in the center of the screen)
  • Match Logs are not provided in the following situations:
    • Ranked
    • Arcade TDM
    • Training Mode
    • Custom Match: TDM/War Mode/ War Mode: Conquest/Esports
  • Match Logs will be activated in the following modes:
    • Normal Match
    • Custom Match: Normal/Zombie Mode
  • Observer also supports Match Logs in following situations
    • Normal Match
    • Ranked
    • Custom Match: Normal/Zombie Mode/Esports

Esports Tab PGI.S Champions Page Update

Winners of PGI.S 2021 can now be found in the Esports tab with Update 11.1.

  • The top four teams will be displayed alongside the PGI.S Grand Prize total.
  • Tournament Champions will be shown alongside their pictures, in celebration of their victory!

Check it all out and more in the Esports Tab!

Notification Changes

  • During Normal Matches, a notification now displays when leaving a match which could impact your reputation score.
    • If you choose to leave before plane takeoff or after death, your reputation will not be negatively impacted and the notification won't be displayed.
  • Match Rating pop-up has been removed.
    • The feedback you've sent through match ratings has been very helpful in improving PUBG. Based on the data collected, we will continue to improve PUBG.
      • We are introducing a new survey system in place of voting on match ratings, full details later in the patch notes.
  • The Player Profile Icon has been moved into the friend system at the bottom right of the main menu.

Store Improvements

Introducing the newly designed G-Coin page.

  • Items can be found easily by selecting categories.
    • Categories without items will be deactivated.
    • Some categories have been re-named.
    • Sub categories have been added.
  • Adjusted some image/model sizes to improve item previews.

QoL Improvements

  • Maximum number of participants are displayed in the Customize tab emote settings.
  • Players can now create up to three Custom match sessions, which means player won't have to wait to start a new session.
  • A new survey system is coming. Once a new survey begins, players will be notified through the notification center on the main menu.

Wheel Widget

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The Wheel Widget is a new way organize one's inventory on console. PUBG Corporation

We've added a new Wheel Widget feature to help you quickly equip consumables, throwables and scopes located in your inventory.

  • Consumables
    • Pressing down on the D-pad will display the consumable Wheel Widget.
      • When the Wheel Widget is open, you can cycle through your consumables by pressing left/right on the D-pad or LB/RB (Xbox) L1/R1 (PS).
      • Press A (Xbox) X (PS) to select a consumable.
      • Press B (Xbox) Circle (PS) to close the Wheel Widget.
    • A yellow checkmark will indicate the consumable that is currently equipped (holding).
    • Holding down on the D-pad (0.3 sec) will use your last selected consumable.
    • The number in the circle located to the lower right of the highlighted consumable shows the total amount stored in your inventory.
      • A number will not be shown if you have one in your inventory.
  • Throwables
    • Pressing right on the D-pad will display the throwable Wheel Widget.
      • When the Wheel Widget is open, you can cycle through your throwables by pressing left/right on the D-pad or LB/RB (Xbox) L1/R1 (PS).
      • Press A (Xbox) X (PS) to select a throwable.
      • Press B (Xbox) Circle (PS) to close the Wheel Widget.
    • A yellow checkmark will indicate the throwable that is currently equipped (holding).
    • Holding right on the D-pad (0.3 sec) will equip the last selected throwable.
    • The number in the circle located to the lower right of the highlighted throwable shows the total amount stored in your inventory.
      • A number will not be shown if you have one in your inventory.
  • Sights & Scopes
    • Pressing and holding up on the D-pad (0.3sec) while in ADS will display the sight & scope Wheel Widget.
      • When the Wheel Widget is open, you can cycle through your sights & scopes by pressing left/right on the D-pad or LB/RB (Xbox) L1/R1 (PS).
      • Press A (Xbox) X (PS) to select a sight or scope.
      • Press B (Xbox) Circle (PS) to close the Wheel Widget.
    • Squares one, two and three shown on the upper left side of the highlighted image shows the sights or scopes attached to the main weapon(one)/sub-weapon(two)/handgun(three).
    • The number in the circle located to the lower right of the highlighted sight or scope shows the total amount stored in your inventory.
      • A number will not be shown if you have one item in your inventory.
    • Sights & scopes that cannot be equipped/used are displayed in red
    • A yellow checkmark will indicate the sight or scope on the weapon that is currently equipped (holding).

We look forward to reading your feedback and suggestions on the new Wheel Widget feature.

TDM Map Ratio Changes

  • We have slightly reduced the Sanhok map ratio for TDM based on community feedback.

Performance Improvements

  • Increased server performance by improving server replication process.
  • Optimized level streaming to reduce hitching.
  • Improved unnecessary performance overheads related to reflections and optimized reflection computations inside buildings.
  • Improved Care Package optimization to reduce server hitches.
  • Increased server performance in relation to Red Zones.
  • Image loading speeds have been improved in-game and in the menus.

Items & Skins

  • April Skins – Hippie
    • Sales Period
      • 14 April 2021 1 a.m. EDT – 13 April 2022 1 a.m. EDT
  • Items
    • Four Sets
    • Two Vehicles
      • "High Flyin'" Motor Glider
      • "Hippie Soul" Aquarail
    • Two Emotes
      • Victory Dance 46
      • Victory Dance 47
  • Weapon Skin – Gold/Silver Beryl
  • Sales Period
    • 21 April 1 a.m. EDT – 2 June 1 a.m. EDT
  • Items
  • One Set
      • Gold Plate – Beryl M762
      • Silver Plate – Beryl M762
  • Item patterns on the Corgi Crew Skins have been adjusted due to texture issues.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed an issue when using a throwable in a vehicle where the hand position wasn't aligned correctly.
  • Fixed the issue where Ranked Match leaving penalties (unable to join match) were applied even after 30 minutes have passed.
  • Fixed the issue where only a small amount of damage was dealt to opponents upon collision with Dirt Bikes at full speed.
  • Fixed an issue where grenades could sometimes fail to throw and explode in the players hand.
  • Fixed the issue where bare footsteps sounds were played when wearing Pillar Tactical Pants.
  • Fixed the issue which could display the wrong clothing preset for squadmates.
  • Fixed the issue where the two different compensators that could be attached to the Mini14 looked identical.
  • Fixed the issue where Team Finder doesn't deactivate after starting matchmaking.
  • Fixed the issue where the Panzerfaust could be fired through walls when jumping or falling.
  • Fixed the issue where respawning didn't work if the player didn't switch into spectating mode after dying in War Mode.
  • Fixed the issue where the boost items were canceled when consuming them while changing weapons.
  • Fixed the issue where a player kicked from a Custom match lobby could re-join via invitation.
  • Fixed the issue where the Coupon Store wasn't available during the grace period.
  • Fixed an issue where the kills you earned after you die are not displayed in the Match History.
  • Fixed an issue where the area of the item slot was displayed abnormally in the shop recommendation tab at certain resolutions.
  • Fixed an issue causing players character to get stuck in the lean position while using a throwable.
  • Fixed the view angle issue on the Zima.
  • Fixed the black tool-tip background being displayed in the POBG loading screen.
  • [POBG] Fixed the issue where the Grenade Chicken throws grenades where they are standing.


  • Fixed the issue where the opacity of the Random Crate's background wasn't displayed properly.
  • Fixed an issue where the arrow UI in the top right corner of the Match Report Weapon Mastery was displayed even when achieving XP for a single weapon.
  • Fixed an issue where 'Item' was displayed as 'Steal' when using the Tactical Map Marker.
  • Fixed an issue where players queuing for a match were marked as already playing when viewed on the Social Page.
  • Fixed a visual issue in the notification window after reporting a player.
  • Fixed the issue where the News page content wasn't aligned in Arabian.
  • Fixed the issue where the player's nickname was displayed on the mini-map in observer mode.
  • Fixed the issue where the 'Vest' filter wasn't displayed in the Customize menu.
  • Fixed the issue where the killfeed was not displayed once a random player is kicked from the game.
  • Fixed the issue where the Bot reputation is always zero.
  • Fixed a problem where the nickname of the user who died or ended the game was not darkened in the team list UI.


  • Fixed the clipping issue when the Hairstyle PGI.S and the Crossbow hat were worn together.
  • Fixed the issue where a display error occurred when wearing the PGI Title Handwraps after wearing Duncan's Infiltrator Handwraps.
  • Fixed the issue where the skin color changes when a female character wears the Looters/Spurdogs Basketball Shoes.
  • Fixed the texture issue when a female character wears the Karakin Local Blouse.
  • Fixed the issue where the character's hand disappears when the Evening Bloom Dress and the Smoke Stalker Jacket are worn together.
  • Improved the 'DARLING' text written on the butt plate of the Rosebound M24.
  • Fixed the clipping issue when PGI.S Beast-Mode Mask and Julie's Infiltrator Helmet – Helmet (Level 1) are worn together.
  • Fixed the clipping issue on the male characters when the Fancy Holiday Jacket and the Military Skirt (Black)/(White) are equipped together.
  • Fixed the sound issue of bare footstep sound being played when wearing Wooden Puppet Legs.
  • Fixed the clipping issue when the Fairied Away Gloves and the Lunchmeat Hoodie were equipped together.
  • We rolled back the design of (BATTLESTAT) Festive Flannel – M416 and (BATTLESTAT) Moo'd Killer – Mini14.

Despite these absolutely massive patch notes, the major features of PUBG Season 11 are a bit more low-key than it first appears. While certain highlights like the return of Paramo and the debut of the Emergency Pickup item sound like they'll be positive additions to the game, the other changes might actually be more disliked than appreciated. For example, having a smaller rotation of maps might fill matches faster with fewer bots, but it also means squads will have less choice when deciding how they'd like to spend their session. And, while PUBG's development team may feel that the Wheel Widget is an improved way to organize one's inventory, it also introduces a new control scheme to the game that will undoubtedly take some getting used to. Especially when it comes to throwables, it's going to take a lot longer to get those into the battlefield. In that sense, the jury is still out on how great Season 11 will actually be.

That being said, there are some smaller tweaks to look forward to in PUBG's 1.65 update as well. We're really glad the grenade-lean bug has finally been addressed, as that was one of the most obvious pain points to enjoying the game on PS4 or Xbox. When it comes to buffs and nerfs, everything there looks pretty smart as well. The Beryl has remained dominant for far too long, and longtime fans will approve of any move that brings the VSS back into the standard weapon rotation. PUBG Season 11 is definitely quieter than other seasonal updates, but there's just enough in patch 1.65 to keep existing players hooked.

PUBG is available now on PC, Xbox One and PS4 and Stadia.

What are your thoughts on PUBG console update 1.65? Are you excited to try the Emergency Pickup? Tell us in the comments section!