No, the odds aren’t ever in your favour – not without the right gear, anyway. Star PUBG streamer Nikolai Lazarev shows you the essential Predator kit with which to get cooking a chicken dinner.
Battle royale games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are the ultimate test of your gaming ability. You jump out of a plane and have to improvise with whatever you find when you land, be that an AUG A3 or a frying pan. There are no respawns, no extra lives: instead you’ve got just one shot against 99 problems – and they’re all armed.
So how do you get an edge and ensure you’re bringing home a tasty chicken dinner more than once every 100 games or so? You can Git Gud, sure, but the hardware you’re playing on counts too. To show how the latest Predator gaming gear can give you an edge in a battle royale, we parachuted top PUBG YouTuber Nikolai ‘Mazarini’ Lazarev into a few scenic locations (with a sweet set-up) to break it down for you.
Tower over rivals with the right gaming tower
With scores of enemies hunting you over a few square kilometres of virtual terrain, every millisecond counts, and to gain the advantage in a battle royale game you need a powerful gaming rig. We may have dropped Nikolai into an old treatment plant in the middle of the Czech countryside, but the streamer and shooter veteran had no issues jumping online and picking off unsuspecting foes with the Predator Orion 5000.
Thanks to its powerful eighth generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with one (or even two) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2666 RAM, it blazes through even the most demanding games on high settings. And with equally fast Killer Ethernet E2400 onboard, ropey Wi-Fi won’t hold back the Predator Orion 5000 either. Extra frames per second and minimal latency are essential for getting the drop on another player in the close confines of PUBG’s Sanhok map, and with the right settings in the menu – and a rig you can upgrade just by popping open the side panel – you’ll get them. What you do with that advantage is up to you; how’s your aim?
Get the drop with the best display
Here’s a fun tip for you: even with a maxed-out PC, you should still turn the Foliage settings down to Very Low in PUBG, simply so you can see anyone lurking in the bushes more easily. That doesn’t change the fact that to triumph in any battle royale game you still need a top-notch monitor that can deliver pin-sharp visuals, however.
We’ve kitted out Nikolai with the Predator X27 gaming monitor, which automatically calibrates for optimum brightness and colour, so even in the confines of an old facility that wouldn’t be out of place on Erangel, he’s still got the perfect field of view to watch for enemies. The 27in, 4K display delivers crystal-clear imagery whatever your game thanks to its QuantumDot technology, and crucially, the four-millisecond response time and 144Hz refresh rate mean screen tear and lag won’t be the reasons you don’t win that chicken dinner.
Listen out for enemy fire with a top headset
The blue circle began closing so Nikolai decamped to the equally atmospheric setting of Bezdez Castle. With its cavernous halls and dank cellars, it’s just the sort of place you could imagine holing up in to survive the initial onslaught of the opening minutes of a battle royale game. It’s also not the sort place built with great video game acoustics in mind.
Not that that was an issue for Nikolai, mind. Armed with the Predator Galea 500 over-ear gaming headset, he had no issues delivering instructions to his team-mates after dropping into Camp Charlie. Its bio-cellulose membrane driver and rubber surround mean it’s comfortable for much longer games as well, and its TrueHarmony 3D Soundscape technology mimics real life to keep things immersive. Look left, and sounds ahead of you will move to your right ear, and vice versa. One thing it won’t help with, however? Seeing further round corners. Sorry.
Fastest finger first
You’ll need a lot of luck to survive in a battle royale showdown, but a keen eye and a sharp aim help too (not to mention a tuk tuk). The Predator Cestus 500 gaming mouse will give you that extra edge in any shootout. Its comfortable, ambidextrous design caters to any style of grip, while its adjustable click force means you can customise it to suit the itchiness of your trigger finger. And with five customisable profiles built in, you can save your settings for all your favourite games.
And to give himself the best possible experience, Nikolai’s paired the Predator Cestus 500 with the official Predator RGB Mouse Pad. Two smart buttons at the top let you adjust brightness level so you can see where you’re playing even in a dimly lit esports arena (or medieval castle), while six presets let you toggle between your choice of 16.8m eye-catching colours for personalisation. And its large surface area (355x256mm) and micro-textured polypropylene surface mean it’s comfortable on your wrists while providing the right amount of grip for big sweeps. You might want to think about just surviving through to the end at first though – the swooping no-scope 360s can come after you’ve bagged a couple of chicken dinners.