Unlike the vast majority of console shooters (read: almost all), knowing how to aim in PUBG isn't as straightforward as pulling the left trigger and then firing with the right. No, the PUBG aiming system can make it almost feel like re-learning how to ride a bike, requiring a little bit of brain rewiring. Not only is it worth practicing for new players, but anyone jumping from the PC version to consoles is likely to need a brief readjustment, too. Thankfully, after a round or two with the guide below, you'll be popping heads like watermelons from miles away, and switching from first-person to third-person aiming with ease.
Unlike most games, PUBG gives you two options when aiming - a close up view for third person shooting, and a scoped, precision view down the barrel.
Here's how they work:
- Third person aim - hold the left trigger down.
- First person scoped - tap the left trigger. Tap again to release.
Here's a breakdown of the basic, default controls:
As well as scoping, things like the ability to change the grenade throwing motion from a lob to underarm, is handy in small spaces, as is the ability to free look, and using left on the D-pad to change firing modes. (Quick tip: burst fire and full auto for short to medium range encounters, never for range. Switch to single shot.)
In terms of other controls, the set up changes depending on what you're doing. These are the functions while actually aiming:
The 'Change Seat' options probably the most important there for when you get in the wrong side of a car (and you will).
There's also a bunch of map specific controls, important given how important getting to the right place can be.
Inventory navigation is also crucial given how little time you want to spend in there when people might be shooting at you. Key thing here is getting the shoulder button side-to-side navigation locked in your muscle memory.
And, finally, there are swimming controls which are probably the most conventional in the whole game. The ability to 'Dive' is your friend here as it's useful to avoid attention and dodge gunfire.