PUBG and PES 2019 are free on Xbox One today

PUBG and PES 2019 are free on Xbox One today

Another motivating factor behind Microsoft's latest move could be the pending release of PUBG on PlayStation 4.

"Don't know when it's coming out, but it's already on Sony servers, hosting the game image and Content-ID for the PSN store", the PSNProfiles member added, with two individual content IDs for North America and the US.

When it left Xbox One's Game Preview program back in September, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds arrived with all the bombast of a console-exclusive - there were console bundles, Xbox One Wireless Controllers and a new map. Reliable analyst Daniel Ahmad suggested this week that the Battle Royale will deploy on the PlayStation 4 in December, and now has corroborated the reports. They might also "announce its actual existence earlier", he also said.

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"It's confirmed that PUBG is coming to PS4".

Ever since Fortnite hit the big time many have assumed that interest in rival PUBG has fallen away, but while it's not quite as popular as it was it's still one of the most played games in the world at the moment.

A December release would also line up neatly with one year exclusivity for Xbox, as PUBG first launched on Microsoft's console on December 12, 2017. The Xbox One version of PUBG rolled out version 1.0 back in September, about 10 months after the PC version did the same thing.