Spotting people is difficult and if you overlook an enemy it can easily be the end of you, especially in first-person only mode because if you can see an enemy then he will also be able to see you. But while spotting enemies are difficult, there are some basic rules as to how you can improve your spotting skills. So here it is guys!
Position yourself close enough to the monitor to be able to actually see small pixel movements. My recommendation is about 45 cm on a 27’’ monitor. This will, of course, vary depending on your eyesight but definitely don’t be too far away from the monitor.
Screen Scale have at 1:20 as that makes your image clearer. Anti-aliasing at Ultra as that makes your image calmer and therefore easier to spot real movement. View-Distance at Ultra as well because in that way you’ll avoid random crap rendering all the time that could be mistaken for actual movement.
Textures at Low or Very Low to better see the contrast.
Shadows at Medium as you don’t want too many shadows which can be mistaken for a false enemy contrast.
As a general rule what you’re looking for is contrast. On a dark background an enemy will appear brighter and on a light background, an enemy will appear darker. Most backgrounds in PUBG will be bright with the exception of the rain version of the map or some backgrounds will tend to appear very dark and much darker than your enemy. Flashes of gunshots are also a great thing to spot for.
Now, this is the really cool part of spotting the enemies. Eye scanning is how you look at surroundings and how you focus your eyes.
Eye scanning patterns. When spotting for enemies, you should be scanning in patterns. All eye scannings should be based on priority, which is a mix of common sense and your risk assessment based on your experience. Always focus on the center of the scan area and then relax your eye with the exception of the priority focus scan.
Now, I’ll briefly go over the full types of the scan area.
Wide scan. Scanning large areas when moving your camera around rapidly requires the widest focus area and therefore requires you to relax your eyes. Horizontal Scan The horizontal scan is what you use when you’re scanning the horizon of open areas.
Priority Scan. The priority scan is when spotting for enemies in smaller sections of your field of view, for instance, windows.
Priority Focus Scan. This is when all your other scans pick up on something and you need to focus on a tiny area, possibly an enemy.
Shift your focus to priority focus scan when you see something fishy, for instance, by zooming in on it with your scope and look for pixel movements.
It seems rather artificial when using these different types of scans at first but you can actually do this quite easily with your eyes. Rapidly shift focus area when moving around and scan for contrast and unexpected color variations.
What To Look For So what to look for?
We already talked about contrast because you need to look for contrast. But when you find that contrast you need to also look for color variations. This could be the enemy clothing or the enemy helm. Looking for color variation is super important when priority focus scanning bushes for enemies. Enemies have color variations but bushes do not. Also look for anything that seems out of place, like a guy standing next to a tree or a shadow in an odd location.
Where To Look?
Knowing where to look is also hugely important and it will again involve priority based on your risk assessment and experience. What I do is I risk assess every direction and if directs not feel most safe from will be my lowest priority when running towards the center of the circle I have the priority on my sides, then my back and then my front because you want to scan for enemies who could be a threat to you and not enemies who could you just get an easy kill on. This is important because if you focus in front of you too much, you might end up getting that extra kill by shooting someone in the back meanwhile someone running alongside you just stops and kills you based on the sound he heard.
So remember, have the proper distance to your screen, use the proper graphics settings, scan your surroundings using the appropriate priority and eye scanning technique and then look into the right direction and find those contrast and color variations.