Microsoft Announces New PUBG Bundle For The Xbox One X

Microsoft Announces New PUBG Bundle For The Xbox One X

The war between PUBG and Fortnite: Battle Royale appears to have no end in sight. Though PUBG may have dropped its lawsuit against Fornite, the two leading battle royale games are still going tit for tat.

By MarkJulian - Jul 04, 2018 06:07 AM EST
Sony only recently announced a Fortnite bundle for the PS4 a few days ago but Microsoft has already countered.

It's hard to think that all of the shenanigans and competition between Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale started just last September.

In under 12 months, Fortnite has gone from a struggling, single-player campaign in beta to a pop culture phenomenon.  PUBG is still churning out solid numbers but its player base is shrinking due to Fortnite's popularity. 

Back at E3 2017, XBox scored a rare win by announcing that PUBG would be a time-exclusive. At the time, PUBG reigned supreme and Xbox One owners lauded the exclusive deal over their PS4 peers. The game was officially rolled out for the console in December and remains a popular title to this day, despite several issues and bugs.    

However, (perhaps due to PUBG's timed-exclusive deal with Microsoft) Fortnite became the game of choice for the PS4 and it was noted back in June that PUBG's player count had dropped by 50%.  A few weeks later, a Sony PS4 Fortnite bundle was announced.  Keep in mind, that while one game waned and another surged, there was a looming court case between the Epic Games and Bluehole.

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled their own plans for a bundle that includes their own popular battle royale game.  The Xbox One X bundle retails for $499 and includes a download code for PUBG, along with a free trial pass for Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass.  Microsoft also announced that PUBG has been the most popular game on the console since its launch and recently surpassed 8 million players.

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