Over the last few months, Tencent has really tried to home in on PUBG Mobile hacks and cheats. Operation Ban Pan, as they like to call it, results in 8,000 10-year bans per day according to the gaming giant. But there’s always more that can be done. The latest tool in the arsenal is the PUBG Mobile Death Replay feature, but how exactly do you turn it on, and what can you do with the footage you find?
Unlike most other shooters, where a hacker can disrupt a match for around a dozen others, no-scoping 17 targets from 300 meters in 5.24 seconds can ruin things for an entire 100-player Battle Royale session. Sure, those are just numbers pulled from my head (and by mashing my keyboard), but they’re reasonable estimates of what a dirty hacker can do to the game.
How to Activate Death Replay in PUBG Mobile
With screenshots rarely being enough to convict a potential cheater, Death Replay video footage was seen as a promising next step for players. The new feature finally arrived in March 2020 with patch 0.17.0, but many have noticed it not working for them.
The reason for this is that Death Replay isn’t automatically activated once you update your PUBG Mobile install. It isn’t just there to greet you upon death like in a Call of Duty game. Instead, you have to manually activate it before you can use it. So how do you use Death Replay in PUBG Mobile? It’s all in the settings.
Once you’re sure that you’ve downloaded and installed PUBG Mobile 0.17.0, fire it up, log in, and tap into the settings options. From there, you’ll want to stay on the default tab. The feature doesn’t stand out in the long list of toggle switches here, but just scroll down and you’ll see the “Death Replay” option sitting there like it owns the place. Turn it on and you should start to see a recap of your untimely demise the next time you bite the dust – all from the perspective of whoever landed the killing blow.
The PUBG Mobile Death Replay feature takes a lot out of your device, though. If the option is grayed out (or non-existent) on your device, there’s a good chance your phone or tablet just isn’t up to snuff. There’s not a whole lot you can do if that’s the case. It isn’t clear which devices can and can’t use the feature right now, but expect some budget smartphones from the last few years to be off the table.
Games like PUBG Mobile typically take one look at the chip running in your phone and match that to an approved list (check out our Red Magic 3 review for context.) If it isn’t on the list, it won’t have it. There are ways around if for the truly tech-savvy, but it’s a risk we won’t get into given forcing a weaker phone to capture death replays can cause crippling performance issues. There’s a reason these compatibility lists exist, after all.
Even with the option activated, you won’t see a death replay the moment you’re shot through a wall. To view it, you have to look for the tiny Death Replay button on the death screen. Then, and only then, will you get to see the last 20-30 seconds of your life.
But then what do you do? With how much this feature was teased as an anti-cheat method, you’d think the idea was to grab video evidence of a hacker pwning you send it off to Tencent as undeniable proof. Turns out, unless we’re missing some crucial detail, that’s not the case. Not only is there no way to share the footage to Tencent or a social media platform, but there’s also no way to save the footage to your device, either. Hitting the share or report button on-screen just brings up the usual checklist and testimony page or shares a snapshot of your assailant.
So what was the point of this feature then? At the moment, it looks like nothing more than a way to offer closure. You died to a hacker. It wasn’t your fault. It’s a shame to see Tencent herald the feature as a way to fight back against the droves of cheaters slithering their way onto the leaderboards when, in reality, it won’t combat them at all. Maybe next time.