How to achieve the best sound settings in PUBG to help you hear sound effects more easily and gain a competitive advantage over your opponents.
It’s safe to say that PUBG isn’t the most polished Battle Royale game out there. Most matches contain some pretty amusing glitches and it’s thanks to the slightly janky nature of the game - further optimisation is definitely needed.
One thing PUBG almost gets right is the sound design, though. You’ll hear bullets whistle past and lash the dirt by your feet, or hear the terrifying clack of enemy footsteps while you lie in wait, gun trained on the door in anticipation. It really sucks you into the Battle Royale experience.
The big “but” is PUBG’s sound mixing - it’s not the best. Unless you turn everything to max, you’ll really struggle to hear some of the games finer details which can lead to regular ear splitting moments when all hell breaks loose.
Being able to identify the source of gunfire, or turn to deal with a threat at the last moment is crucial to securing kills in PUBG but also to experiencing the full extent of the game. To help get you up to speed with the best audio settings in the game, we’ve put together a guide that’ll walk you through which options you’ll need to tweak and why.
Make sure you visit our core PUBG Guide hub when you're done here. It contains all of the most important tips and tactics you need to win more games!
Best audio settings
It's worth quickly mentioning that, for the most part, there aren't many in-depth changes you can make to improve sound in PUBG. We wouldn't recommend messing around in the murky world of external software as you never know how PUBG anti-cheat is going to react, let alone how it'll impact your other games too.
So it's no secret that PUBG's sound settings aren't the greatest, and we've done our best to list all the little things you can do to improve it without causing any major issues. If we find any other ways to improve the audio, we'll be sure to update this article further, so do bear with us on this front!
Turn off SFX Plug-Ins
It goes without saying that you'll want your sound to go unhindered by any extraneous plug-ins or software. Make sure you turn them off before heading in-game!
As with any first person shooter, you’ll get the very best sound experience with headphones. Not only will you hear all the finer details you wouldn’t catch with average speakers, you’ll reap the benefits of being able to better identify where enemies are in relation to your position.
Headphones will give you unrivalled directional awareness and it’s honestly the only way to play PUBG if you want to improve. You don’t need to break the bank as there are some mighty good gaming headsets out there for those on a budget. Pick yourself up a pair, you won’t regret it!
Try Dolby Atmos
The Windows 10 Creator's Update introduced Dolby Atmos feature for headphones and speakers. It's essentially an improved type of virtual surround sound that'll help you pinpoint where shots and footsteps are coming from with extra precision.
In order to enable this feature, download the Dolby Access app from the Windows Store and launch it. The app will guide you through the whole process, and you'll want to select the "With my headphones" or "With my home theater" depending on your setup.
Do be aware that Dolby Atmos isn't free, but you can sign up for a 30 day free trial to give it a go.
Sound Volume Settings
If you’re chasing the clearest sound possible, there’s not much room for movement here. All in-game “Sound” settings should be sat at 100, and that’s purely so you’ve got the best possible chance of hearing the smallest details.
At max sound settings it can be a bit taxing on your ears, so try lowering your Windows volume levels to avoid unnecessarily damaging your hearing.
If you’ve got an integrated sound card, then there’s not much else you can do to improve the game’s quality. With a high-end sound card you’ll be able to squeeze out a bit more performance, albeit quite a minor improvement.
Your sound card settings are largely dependent on the model, so check out your manual or the manufacturer’s website for tips on improving sound quality.
More PUBG guides
- PUBG Guide - All of our essential, in-depth PUBG guide content in one place - PUBG: Guide
- Audio Settings - How to tweak your sound settings to gain the upper hand - PUBG: Best audio sound settings
- FPS Settings - Our guide to boosting FPS and general performance in PUBG - PUBG: Best FPS settings to boost performance
- Mouse Settings - How to adjust your DPI settings for better precision play - PUBG: Best mouse DPI and sensitivity settings
- NVIDIA Settings - Our guide to making your NVIDIA-based gaming PC sing - PUBG: Best NVIDIA settings guide
Future Sound Improvements
As you can probably tell from the tips above, there isn’t much you can do to drastically improve PUBG’s sound quality or allow you to better hear footsteps. One of the main ways is to max out the in-game volume but this can be detrimental to your hearing in most cases.
It’s likely we’ll have to wait for PUBG to introduce a serious sound update that optimises things.
We’ll be sure to update this guide with a whole host of sound tweaks if an update ever goes live in the future, so keep this page bookmarked for all the latest!