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How To Install PUBG Mobile On Intel Chromebook (& What To Know About It)

Tencent's PUBG Mobile has finally hit Intel Chromebooks. While it's only a starting point and has tons of issues, it is able to be installed. Here's how to do it and what to watch out for in the process.

While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been around for quite some time on PC, console, and even mobile, Google’s Chromebooks are one of the less thought of possibilities of picking up the battle royale. That has now changed with Tencent's official PUBG Mobile finally coming to the Google Play Store on Intel Chromebooks.

Chromebook owners jumped for joy the day that the usually Android-based Google Play Store finally became available on (most) Chromebooks, allowing people to use the same apps as tablet and mobile users. But, of course, there were limitations. In a similar fashion to some mobile apps not being available for download on tablets (and vice versa), Chromebooks tended to get the short end of the stick when it came to some of the options out there.

How do you get PUBG Mobile onto your Chromebook?

So, how do you do it? While on your Chromebook, head to the Play Store app, if it’s available. Search for PUBG Mobile and voila! Your Intel-powered Chromebook is a “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!”

Now, here’s the bad news. It’s buggy, needs a touch screen to utilize controls properly, and the graphics are “half-baked”. Don’t expect it to be easily playable with an Atom or lower-end processor. Chromebook enthusiast site Chrome Unboxed went into detail on their 7th-gen Core i5 defaulting to low settings automatically and it still had frame-rate issues. In comparison to their Google Pixel 2 XL phone, the phone was “silky-smooth” and had less issues.

We checked on our low-end Intel Chromebook ourselves and found that the hefty 1.2 GB download bogged the computer down the second it loaded up. The lack of true keyboard and mouse support made the game truly unplayable on our end, especially without the ability to map keys. It’d make more sense to offer controller support for those without a touch-screen, or at least solve the keyboard and mouse issues. For an added note, we had a similar experience to Chrome Unboxed on mobile as well, using our Google Pixel 2 phone, having a much smoother play time and less issue.

Using a touch screen doesn’t seem to be a walk in the park either. Chrome Unboxed explained that the gyroscope support is “Wonky”. Tilting up turned them left and right as they went downward. So, even if you have everything right, it still may be hard to play.

But, as Chrome Unboxed said, “Still, we have PUBG on Chromebooks!” While it’s definitely not optimized just yet, it still exists and Tencent can keep adding updates to offer better graphical support and more control options in the future. It’s far for perfect, but for those with the right equipment, you’ve got some PUBG now.

While on the slow march to getting that 1.2 GB game on your Chromebook, check out how PUBG Corp is handling personal item trades in the game.

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