PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is continuing to sell well on the Xbox One, with Microsoft recently confirming that the game has hit the impressive milestone of 8 million copies sold on the console. The game was once unparalleled in the rest of the current gaming world, breaking a huge number of records and cracking the top ten best selling games of all time.
However, it wasn't long before PUBG had its fair share of challenges, not least from the extremely popular competitor Fortnite. All in all, this led to its PC player base dropping by half as Fortnite continued to grow. Along the way, PUBG Corp attempted to sue Fortnite developer Epic Games, before promptly dropping the suit.
In spite of these problems, it clearly hasn't stopped the game from being a sales powerhouse. Microsoft was more than happy to drop the hugely impressive sales figure of 8 million copies sold as part of the announcement of a PUBG Xbox One bundle over on Xbox Wire, with the console launch exclusive clearly leaving a good impression with the company.
All in all, it makes good reading for both PUBG Corp and Microsoft. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hit 50 million copies sold overall in June, and given that the game was only made available to Xbox One players in December the fact that 8 million of those copies are for Xbox is no mean feat. It also begs the question as to exactly how strong PUBG would look if it also had a PS4 release, or whether Microsoft will continue to try and lock down the game as a Xbox One console exclusive.
The power of having such an addictive game on console is definitely something, as playing the game on Xbox One is still not quite up to par with the PC version of the game. At launch, the Xbox One edition of the game was plagued with technical issues, and although things have improved a lot the game is still not at the level of its PC counterpart.
Whether PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds can keep this up remains to be seen, but it's worth noting that the game's 'demise' may have been exaggerated a little. After all, 8 million copies sold puts the game in a very solid position for the Xbox One, and clearly gamers are still interested in the battle royale formula that PUBG has so successfully implemented. If the game manages to improve performance, and perhaps curb some of those loot drop rates, then it could maintain its position in the Xbox One lineup.