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PUBG patch adds car horns, Xbox controller support and FPS-only servers

It’s a big-un, and here’s what you need to know

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

The team behind Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds released details on its fourth monthly update today, and it’s a big one. Top of mind for fans is the ability to honk the horn in vehicles with a click of the mouse button, but there’s a lot more going on under the hood. Or the bonnet. Or the boot? Depends on where you live, I guess.

Car horns: It’s the little things, really, but the addition of a car horn to Battlegrounds has really lit a fire under people. Horns can be honked by the driver only, and default to the left mouse button.

New rifle: Battlegrounds is continuing the tradition of placing its newest weapons in crates, which are dropped on the map from a cargo plane. This month, it’s the American-made Mark 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle.

The Mk14 EBR is chambered in 7.62 and accepts all sniper rifle attachments. It’s selective fire as well, so a steady hand can use it to clear rooms or to reach out and touch someone a few hundred yards out.

New faces and hairstyles: This update is the first to offer new face presets and new hairstyles. Changing your look will still cost you 3,000 in in-game currency, however.

First-person only servers: A new gametype was added today that limits your perspective to the first-person. The goal here is to cater to hardcore, military-simulation types (like me!), but the mode has a lot to offer for more casual players as well.

Playing in first-person means that you can no longer see around corners or inside buildings without exposing yourself to fire. In order to adapt, you’ll want to make liberal use of the lean buttons (which default to Q and E) and think about how you’re moving around the battlespace. It will be much harder to tell if you have concealment when you can’t see yourself in the third-person, so plan accordingly the next time you tuck into a shrubbery.

The new Mk14 EBR, chambered in 7.62.

Other quality-of-life improvements include steadying the camera while looting in first-person to prevent motion sickness and the addition of a field-of-view slider.

Sound occlusion: Today’s patch notes mention that sound volume has been tweaked depending on where the source is. What that means is that there is less confusion as to where your adversaries are. If those footsteps you can hear while you’re in the attic sound quiet, they’re likely outside. If they’re louder, then you must have some uninvited guests downstairs.

Xbox controller support: For people with repetitive stress injuries or for those who just like playing with a controller, Battlegrounds now supports Xbox controllers. It’s a move that makes sense, considering that Bluehole plans to release the game on Xbox One.

Kill stealing: Finally, there’s a new feature that should limit the practice of “kill stealing,” or sniping players who have been first downed by someone else.

“Some people killed knocked-out teammates in order to avoid giving kill count to an opponent who knocked them down,” the patch notes state. “Now the kill count will still go to the opponent in this specific case.”

Battlegrounds’ next update is expected in September.

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