Being one of the first popularized battle-royales, PUBG implemented a feature that catered to player preference.
With the addition of separate servers for first and third-person perspectives, players were able to choose between the two camera angles and could choose whether they wanted to play in a first-person or third-person perspective throughout the entire game.
Should you play PUBG in the first or third-person perspective?
Each view has its advantages and disadvantages, and queuing in both of these perspectives brings a lot of gameplay as well as style changes. Players play differently when using these two perspectives, and many prefer one over the other depending on their style. Here are the pros and cons of each perspective, which may help you decide which perspective you might want to stick to.
First-Person Perspective (FPP)
FPP means first-person perspective. It is your standard way of playing most first-person shooter games. Instead of seeing your character from a top-down perspective, you only see what the character would realistically see, your gun, the enemy, and your surroundings. Like most FPS games, PUBG’s FPP plays the same.
In the past, PUBG played in a third-person perspective, angering many FPS fanatics that loved the first person point of view. In their opinion, the third-person point of view gave an unfair advantage to those who only played in first-person. Once the first-person only servers were rolled out, many players migrated enforcing a first-person only battle royale everyone wanted to see.
While PUBG relies on one of the most important mechanics in all FPS games, aim, information, and information processing is also an important factor when playing PUBG. In PUBG you have to take into account your surroundings, the information that’s given to you, and make an educated choice in your next move. For example, seeing an opponent quicker than they see you is an advantage as it allows you to have more time to swiftly take them out efficiently. Even seeing the tiniest of details, like a small head pointing out from a rock could give you the upper hand in positioning, and pre-aim. Information is an important factor in all shooters and can change the tide of the game.
- The first-person perspective allows you to focus more on the information in front of you. By having a first-person perspective the information in front of you is clearer and can be interpreted quicker. This trade-off for detail is usually preferred by more experienced players, as bulk information can be lost if you have poor map awareness.
- Gunfights are more evenly matched, if you see the enemy, the enemy can see you. You won’t have issues of getting spotted from a person hiding behind a corner like you would in third-person. Players have to expose themselves to peek at you, so you’ll be able to react more efficiently compared to third-person.
- First-person is preferred by individuals who love fragging enemies. In first-person, there is more of a focus on gunfights and the kills each player gets. If you’re more interested in intense gunfights similar to other first-person shooters, this perspective benefits your gameplay experience.
- More familiarity. First-person has been the standard in many shooter games making it very familiar for most of the player base. If you’re already used to playing in first-person on a certain sensitivity, your gameplay experience switch to PUBG will be more efficient since your sensitivity settings are the same.
- The first-person perspective may be cloudy and can tunnel vision of the player in certain weather. Depending on your graphical settings and the weather in the game, your vision could become cloudy and you may mistake certain entities for other players. First-person is great for spotting smaller details, but for newer players on certain graphical settings, it could be difficult to spot others.
- Due to the nature of the first-person perspective, you won’t get as much of an advantage peeking around corners against enemies. If your aim is not up to par, you may find yourself easily bested by more experienced players. If your aim is substandard, then the first-person perspective may not be for you.
- The smaller field of view may seem claustrophobic and strange if you’re not used to it. Depending on your FOV settings, the standard settings may make you feel uncomfortable.
- Loss of bulk information, new players may have less map awareness than more experienced players. PUBG’s maps aren’t linear like other first-person shooters. There’s a bunch of verticalities that can affect one’s judgment. With third-person, a new player could easily lose track of an enemy and be unable to spot new enemies due to the limited field of view. More experienced players may like to take the tradeoff, but for new players, first-person may be more difficult.
Third-Person Perspective (TPP)
TPP stands for third-person perspective. It has traditionally been used in scenic roleplaying games, where the player is exposed to a vast and interesting environment. In PUBG however, the third-person perspective has had a love-hate relationship with the community. Third-person changed up how traditional first-person shooters were played. PUBG was a shooter game that had a third-person perspective, allowing for more information and quirky plays that would be impossible in first-person.
Many individuals believe that third-person gives a disadvantage to those who prefer first-person. This forced PUBG to release a first-person mode which locked the camera mode to only first-person. With this update, came a divide between the community. Those who played in third-person and those who played in first-person.
- The third-person view enables you to view more on your screen, if you’re not a fan of claustrophobic places third-person gives you the freedom of a wider camera view.
- By allowing you to view more on your screen, you are exposed to more information when compared to first-person. While first-person may allow you to spot details given the smaller FOV, third-person allows you to get an overview of your surroundings, exposing you to more information.
- Third-person in some cases could be beneficial for newer players. Players who are not well versed in traditional aiming or FPS, in general, may benefit from the third-person perspective.
- As a new player, you can check your surroundings more easily, as you won’t have to directly peek at the other players. You’re able to check around corners without exposing yourself to enemy players. This could be useful to those who want to outplay other players through positioning.
- A third-person perspective allows you to play mind-games against other players. Since third-person relies heavily on correct positioning, players can outplay their opponents through the use of camera angles and mind games. By positioning enemy players with your added information in a third-person view, you can battle more based on a position than raw FPS skill.
- If you’re more interested in fragging out or prefer first-person shooters, the third person may not be for you. Third-person relies more on the positioning aspect, instead of raw aim. If you want to eliminate a lot of opponents and want to rely on your raw abilities, you shouldn’t use third-person.
- Your sensitivity might be different depending on what game you’re coming from. If you’re not experienced in third-person shooters, you won’t be able to efficiently change your sensitivity. First-person and third-person sensitivities range from player to player, and the switch between perspectives is a significant one.
- Some players believe that the use of third-person gives a player an unfair advantage against other players who use first-person. Before the change between third and first-person servers, players believed that third-person allowed an individual to gain the upper hand simply because peeking an opponent from a corner is easier and does not require a direct peek. For players coming from an extensive FPS background, this camera mechanic may pose as unfair as it would give an unfair advantage to those peeking around a corner. If you’re an FPS fanatic you probably won’t like the playstyle of third-person users.
- If you’re not a fan of realism, third-person isn’t for you. First-person and third-person changes how players play. In first-person the mechanics and gameplay seems more realistic as it forces players to face peek. In third-person, however, at times you could be questioning yourself and realism and may feel frustrated due to the nature of the third-person camera angle. In third-person situations that couldn’t behave normally are apparent and may not fit well with certain players.
- Snaking, or camping in PUBG is always a hated sight to see. With the third-person perspective, players can camp in certain areas as they are allowed to see their surroundings from behind without turning their player model. In first-person, this is eliminated, which eliminates many snakes, or campers. If you’re not a fan of players sitting in a single spot waiting for the perfect time to strike, you shouldn’t play in third-person.
What’s more popular? TPP or FPP?
In the current state of PUBG, the third-person perspective is far more popular than a first-person perspective. This is simply due to the fact that more casual players cater to the third-person perspective community. With casual players making the bulk of the community, third-person is standard for casual and new players alike. Third-person is for those who aren’t as serious or those who enjoy playing the game in the original perspective it was created in. In addition, the majority of PUBG mobile players also play in third-person perspectives.
PUBG Mobile attracts more casual players, and having the third-person perspective gives an easier time for those who are new and just want to play for fun. However, among those who are more serious about the game like professionals and streamers, a first-person perspective is more popular. Serious players are usually those who come from an extensive FPS background, making first-person a logical choice. Many professionals and serious players also agree that the realism of peeking and other intricacies in third-person is unfair and at times impossible to counter.
What the Professionals (esportlers and streamers) are using
As stated before, most professionals use the first-person perspective as in that perspective, lies most of the competitive and serious players. You’re not going to see professionals using a third-person perspective as that is usually reserved for casual and mobile players. For example, Shroud mainly uses a first-person perspective as he has stated before that third-person perspective poses an unfair advantage, with many players standing behind corners waiting for their opportunity to strike. However, users like ZoidM8 think differently. He believes that the use of the third-person perspective allows for outplays that ordinary players using the first-person perspective wouldn’t be able to do. He believes that the third-person perspective allows you to out position your opponent and play mind games with them. He strongly believes in the tactical advantages and prefers third-person over first-person. While both TPP and FPP have competitive players on both sides, most of the competitive and professionals compete and play with the first-person perspective.
How to change from FPP to TPP in PUBG and PUBG Mobile
- Select Mode: When you open up PUBG, on the left for PUBG mobile there will be a large button indicating the map, server, and perspective. To switch your perspective, tap on the map as press “Select Mode”.
- Perspectives: On the top, there will be two buttons, Third-Person Perspective, and First-Person Perspective.
- Choose: Once you have reached the perspective screen, choose one of the two perspectives you want to play with, by default this will be third-person.
- Finish: After you have chosen your desired perspective, map, and team composition, press the yellow “OK” button at the bottom left. Once you have finished this you are ready to queue up into your matches.
So, what’s better?
It depends. Players of different backgrounds have different preferences. With specific preferences, your decision to choose between first and third-person perspectives may differ.
If you’re more into fragging and realistic gameplay, first-person should be your choice. If you’re more into positional warfare, you should try third-person.
If you’re unsure of which perspective to use, try both and figure out your play style and preference.