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Battlegrounds first-person only mode: How to play the new update in PUBG

How to get your head around the new perspective.

Battlegrounds first-person only mode is a new addition as part of the game's fourth monthly update.

Though you can toggle between third and first-person views in regular matches, the dedicated mode means you will only see in first-person.

This means you cannot see round corners, ledges or behind you with the camera, with the limited perspective leading to a different feel to combat and exploration.

If you're after more PUBG advice, our Battlegrounds guide, tips and tricks page can help, as well as our to the Battlegrounds map and vehicle spawn locations. You may also be interested to read everything we know about the new desert map coming soon.

How Battlegrounds first-person only mode works right now

In August 2017, first-person play was expanded to be playable in more ways:

  • Single, duo and four-player squad matches can played in first-person mode. Squads were not originally available on the mode's launch.
  • NA, EU and ASIA servers are supported.
  • Leaderboards are not yet available, but will be coming soon:
  • Right now, the starting airplane and freefall down to the island will play in third person, though a future update will change this to first person. Otherwise, everything else - including vehicles - is playable in third-person.
  • An FOV slider for the first-person view is available between 80 and 103 degrees, allowing you to see more of your surroundings because the camera is wider.
  • Other tweaks include the camera no longer 'tipping' when picking up items, and the view shifting up slightly from the original first-person view, giving players the feeling of normal height.

How to start a first-person only match of Battlegrounds

After a brief period on the Test Server, the first-person only mode is currently only playable in the main client.

To start a first-person only match, hover over the match start area in the upper left corner, and the options for first-person matches (or FPP) will be at the bottom.

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Squads were also added in the weeks after the mode launched.

How first-person mode differs in Battlegrounds

In the words of Playerunknown himself as part of an interview with Eurogamer, playing in first person is "no better", but "different", leading to certain more "intense" situations. Here's some things to know before getting into the mode:

  • If you're comfortable with third-person up until this point, it might be worth knowing the differences in play between first and third-person modes, and the advantages third-person gives to defenders in most areas.

    This video by MagnumDopus shows several situations - hiding at a corner and by a window - where one player has complete view of the oncoming player, but the other is completely oblivious. These are useful tactics in third-person play but no longer available in first-person, putting both players on a much more even standing - meaning you must be much more careful about how you use your surroundings.
  • As such, 'hiding' is now easier - for both you and the opposition. Hide behind walls and in corners of rooms if you suspect someone is nearby and want to get the jump or avoid them, and when exploring buildings, be sure to be extra careful when clearing rooms. Take your time and be prepared for people to be lurking.
  • By the same token, exploring the island in first-person gives you less visibility on your surroundings, making it important to use the environment to hide your presence. You can easily miss enemies at your sides or from a distance, and there is a chance you could narrowly pass a player without even realising. Use cover to obscure your presence and keep your eyes peeled for any movement ahead.
  • Leaning - defaulted to the Q and E keys - allows you to poke your head out from corners without exposing your entire body.
  • If you want to try first-person mode out in third-person matches (whether as temporary practice on real servers, or simply preference), tap the V key. You can also tap the right mouse button (not hold) to aim down sights.
  • Remember to toggle the FOV slider to your liking. Though first-person is intentionally restricted, moving the slider between 80 and 103 degrees allows you to see a few more degrees of your surroundings.

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