PUBG: New State, the new battle royale game from PUBG and PUBG Mobile publisher Krafton, launched last week to bring gamers the “next-generation” experience. The South Korean publisher has also chosen PUBG Studios to develop PUBG: New State. The developer previously showed his work on the original PUBG: Battlegrounds for PCs and consoles. But to tackle PUBG: New State in India, Krafton already has its India-exclusive title: Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI).

On this week’s episode of Gadget’s 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora meets with Deputy Video Head Cyrus John and Video Editor Robin John to talk about PUBG: New State and how it’s different from BGMI.

Although PUBG: New State is set in 2051, the gameplay is similar to PUBG Mobile and BGMI. The game brings new weapons and futuristic vehicles, including electric cars and drones.

PUBG: New State has improved graphics that require better resources from your phone. In some ways, it feels like a compressed version of PUBG on PC that launched in 2017. However, Krafton hasn’t set any specific minimum hardware requirements for the game, and it’s compatible with all devices—at least on paper—running at least Android 6.0, iOS 13, or iPadOS 13.


The arrival of PUBG: New State comes just over a year after the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile. It also debuted just a few months after Krafton decided to bring back its Battle Royale experience to Indian gamers in the form of BGMI – which was PUBG Mobile.

PUBG New State Hands-On: Futuristic Enough?

PUBG: New State has PUBG Studios as the new developer of Tencent Games in China to differentiate itself from the original PUBG Mobile. However, features such as the in-game age verification mechanism have not resolved the concerns raised against the earlier version.

Some users also noticed delays while playing PUBG: New State shortly after its launch. However, earlier this week, the publisher pushed an update to fix some known issues.

In less than a week since its launch, PUBG: New State also got one crore downloads on Google Play. This suggests the early popularity of the title following the success of PUBG Mobile and BGMI.

That said, gamers who don’t have heavy hardware, or those who have already changed their profile from PUBG Mobile, probably won’t be moving away from BGMI and to PUBG: New State for the foreseeable future.

We discuss some of the reasons why gamers might stick to BGMI – despite being offered an enhanced experience on PUBG: New State. We also talk about how PUBG: New State opens up new market opportunities for gaming-focused mobile devices.

You can listen to all this and more in our nearly 30-minute conversation by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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