A major reason for the rise in popularity of mobile gaming is that most of them are free of cost. Of course, they come at the expense of advertisements or in-game purchases, but the real essence of the game seems mostly intact. Take, for instance, PUBG. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is originally a PC and console game, but the mobile version which is free of cost has managed to gain a wider audience as well as solid revenue numbers.
Now if you are more adept with the combination of a mouse and keyboard, when it comes to shooter games, I don’t blame you. It is just natural. But having played the game for almost two years now, I think it is pure fun even on a touchscreen. The good thing is you can play almost any Android game, including PUBG Mobile, right on your PC using an emulator. It’s a simple piece of software that lets you simulate an Android device on your computer.
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Here are five emulators that you can use to play PUBG Mobile on your computer:
Tencent Gaming Buddy
Tencent Gaming Buddy is the official emulator offered by the developers of PUBG Mobile. It is also the best and safest bet if you want to play PUBG Mobile on your PC. Apart from being optimized to run the battle royale game, this emulator offers other games under the Tencent portfolio. To download the Tencent Gaming Buddy emulator, head over to the official website over here. Download the installation file and install it on your PC. Open the emulator to download the necessary files required to run PUBG Mobile. There will be an option to set a custom path in case you don’t want the game to install in your default directory. Once the game is installed, you can start playing directly using your keyboard and mouse. There are also options to customize the layout depending on your needs.
One of the oldest ones out there, Bluestacks is available for Windows as well as Mac. It’s one of the most commonly used Android emulators and besides gaming, this is great for using all sorts of Android apps. Apart from having the Play Store preinstalled, there is a built-in app store. There is also the option to simply drag and drop APK files from your PC to instantly install on the emulator. One can set a custom display resolution along with custom memory, CPU, and storage allocation. The free version of Bluestacks comes with ads, but the paid version removes all of the distractions.
To play PUBG Mobile on Bluestacks, first, download the emulator from here. Once you have got the installation file, run that and install it on your PC. Open the emulator and sign in with your Google Account. There should be an option to search for apps on the top right. Search for PUBG Mobile and download the game. Once it is done, you can start playing on your PC.
A fairly new emulator for PUBG Mobile, LD Player is available for Windows. This one also offers custom settings for display resolution and resource allocation just like Bluestacks. We specifically found the easy to access Android shortcuts to be one of the best features of this emulator. It can run most of your recent and popular Android smartphone games directly on your PC and can take full advantage of your PC hardware. You can download LD Player from here. Once it is downloaded, install the emulator on your PC. Open the emulator and let it load all the resources. You should see a bunch of apps pre-installed, including the Google Play Store. Open the Play Store, log in with your Google account and search for PUBG Mobile. You can then download the game just like you would do on your smartphone.
NOX Player is another recommended Android emulator that is available for both Windows and Mac. It was specifically made for gamers who wanted to play smartphone games on a PC. It’s a pretty good emulator allowing you to set your keyboard controls manually, and it has already been optimized for playing PUBG Mobile. You also get support for taking screenshots and screen video recording along with sideloading APK files in case you don’t want to use the Play Store. There are also some options to allocate system memory and CPU. To download the NOX player, head over to this link. Run the installation file and once the emulator is installed, you need to login to the Play Store using your Google account. Search for PUBG mobile on the Play Store and install it on the emulator.
MEmu is yet another popular Android emulator that is available for Windows devices including desktops, notebooks, 2-in-1 devices, and tablets. This emulator is claimed to offer the best compatibility so you can use this even if you have an old system with low-end specifications. Play provides the highest performance and greatest compatibility. You get a wide variety of customizations along with support for popular games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, Clash of Clans, Free Fire, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, Arena of Valor, etc. It also offers one-click Android system creation/clone/deleting, allowing you to run multiple Android instances simultaneously. Download the MEmu emulator over here and follow the same steps as given above to play PUBG Mobile on your PC.