The Battlefield 1 beta starts tomorrow (for Battlefield Insiders) and there are a few things you can do right now to prepare.
In July, Battlefield 1 went through a closed alpha where select users were able to stress test a small portion of the game. Now, EA DICE is poised to host an open Battlefield 1 beta that anyone can try on Xbox One, PS4 or PC.
The Battlefield 1 beta starts August 30th for those that signed up to become a Battlefield Insider before August 21st. Everyone else will be able to download the Battlefield 1 beta for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 31st.
The open beta is expected to stretch into early September ahead of the Battlefield 1 release date in mid-October.
The Battlefield 1 beta kicks off in just a few short hours. With that in mind, we want to show you how to get ready for the Battlefield 1 beta right now. This tips will help make the process go smoother on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Choose Your Platform
If you managed to signup to become a Battlefield Insider before August 21st, you’ll want to make sure you choose your platform of choice before invites go out. Otherwise, you won’t get a code to try the beta a day early.
EA DICE will start sending out early access codes to Battlefield Insiders on August 30th. To get the proper code you must choose your platform of choice (Xbox One, PS4, PC).
To do that, head over to the Battlefield Insider website, sign in, and confirm that you’ve taken care of this important step.
Free Up Space
There won’t be a pre-load for the Battlefield 1 beta which means you, and everyone else, will need to download the file right when it’s released if you want to get on the battlefield quickly.
EA DICE hasn’t confirmed the Battlefield 1 beta size but given the scope, we expect it to be several GB’s in size. At least.
The Battlefield 1 Alpha required about 6GB of free space on the PC so we recommend carving out at least 5GB of free space ahead of launch so that you’re prepared for the download.
You might also want to temporarily run a wired cable to your console or PC for the beta download. This could help speed up the download process.
Learn About the Map, Modes & More
Now would also be a good time to get acquainted with the features coming with the open Battlefield 1 beta. Remember, the beta won’t feature the entire game.
EA’s outlined many of the important details on its website. It includes information about the Sinai Desert map, the armored train, horses, and more. The website also notes that your progress in the beta won’t carry over to the final version of the game.
If you’re looking for more than just the basic information, the video above delivers a very solid overview of the weapons and other features included in the beta. The video below also shows off the new map in great detail.
A user on Imgur has also put together an extensive look at the weapons and gadgets included in the Battlefield 1 beta. It’s worth a look if you want to get a leg up on the competition.
Check Your Xbox Live Membership
If you want to play the Battlefield 1 beta online you’re going to need an Xbox One Live Gold membership. Now would be a good time to make sure your membership is still active.
@uptownSM Yes. You will need an Xbox Live Gold account to play Multiplayer during the Battlefield 1 Open Beta.
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) August 29, 2016
Typically, these memberships auto-renew but there is a chance your account hit a snag. This has happened to us before.
Renewing your account should only take a few short minutes to complete though you’ll want to look around for deals before you commit to the full price.
@SpartanB013 You do not need a PS Plus account to play the Battlefield 1 Open Beta on PlayStation 4.
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) August 26, 2016
It appears you won’t need an PS Plus account to enjoy the PS4 Battlefield 1 beta.
Follow Battlefield & Join Forums
This is a beta so we anticipate an assortment of problems across all three platforms. So, we recommend following the official Battlefield account for beta updates and joining the Battlefield forums for updates and potential fixes.
The Battlefield 1 Reddit is another valuable resource. You’ll find people to team up with, fixes for problems, and feedback about the game in general.
Keep these resources bookmarked and check them regularly throughout the Battlefield 1 beta.
Battlefield 1 Release Date
Battlefield 1 will arrive on October 18th. For some of you.
This early release date is for those who pre-order the early access version of Battlefield 1. The Early Enlister version of Battlefield 1 will run you $80. There's a way to play it earlier than that though.
EA Access & Origin Access users always get games a few days before everyone else. In the case of Battlefield Hardline, EA Access users got the game on March 12th while everyone else had to wait until March 17th.
EA Access and Origin subscribers will get Battlefield 1 on October 13th thanks to Play First Trials. This is the earliest street date for the game so if you want to play the final product as soon as possible, this is the route to go.
EA Access is $5 a month. It's worth a look if you want to start playing the next Battlefield game as soon as possible.
If you don't buy the Early Enlister Edition or latch onto EA Access, your Battlefield 1 release date will arrive a few days later on October 21st.
If you plan to order a physical copy of Battlefield 1 note that some retailers will be hosting midnight launch events. Only select stores will be open late so you'll want to check with your local retailer to make sure doors will be open.