This fall’s Destiny 2 release will finally bring Bungie’s popular online shooter to Windows PCs.
Revealed in May, Destiny 2 is the next major release of the online shooter from 2014. Destiny lets gamers create and customize their own Guardians and includes seamless multiplayer and co-operative play for missions.
Destiny 2 keeps the things that people liked about the original title and adds new features. It has a cinematic story that the previous game lacked. It also introduces new gear to collect, fresh subclasses for new characters and a bigger game world with more places to visit.
Everything that’s coming to Destiny 2 for Xbox One and PS4 is also coming to Destiny 2 for PC. Unfortunately, the games won’t all launch at the same time. Here’s everything else you need to know about the Destiny 2 for PC release date, specs and beta.
Destiny 2 for PC Release Date, Specs More
- Destiny 2 for PC Release Date
- Destiny 2 for PC Specs
- Destiny 2 for PC Beta
- Destiny 2 for PC Pre-Orders & Software
- Destiny 2 for PC Deals
- When We’ll Learn More About Destiny 2 for PC
Destiny 2 for PC Release Date
The Destiny 2 for PC release date is October 24th. Activision and developer Bungie confirmed this during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.
Console gamers get the title on September 6th which means Destiny 2 will hit the PC nearly two months after the game arrives on the Xbox One and PS4.
Destiny 2 for PC Specs
On PC, Destiny 2 will support 4K televisions. Its frame rate is not locked to 30 frames per second like the console versions. Character movement in the game is smoother because of this. Gamers will need a robust system to get those great looks and the highest frame rate possible.
The Destiny 2 for PC specs won’t be so high that gamers need to spend thousands of dollars on new hardware for their gaming PC, according to Bungie’s David Shaw. “You absolutely won’t have to buy the latest and greatest hardware to be able to play the game and have a fun, quality experience,” Shaw told PC Gamer.
The Destiny 2 for PC Beta requires at least an Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD FX-4350 processor with 6GB of RAM. Your PC should have an Intel GeForce GTX 660 graphics card with 2GB of RAM also.
For the best experience, you need an Intel Core i5-2400 processor or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X graphics card. You’ll also need 8GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GTX GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card or better.
These specs could change by the time Destiny 2 for PC launches in October.
Destiny 2 for PC Beta
The Destiny 2 for PC Beta release date is August 28th for anyone that pre-ordered a copy of the game or purchased a NVIDIA GTX graphics card recently. Bungie plans to open access to anyone that has a PC with Blizzard’s Battle.net software installed on August 29th.
The entire Destiny 2 for PC Beta ends on August 31st. That’s a very, very short window to test the game on your PC.
We don’t know what’s in the Destiny 2 for PC Beta though it could have The Crucible multiplayer. Bungie will want to test the game’s multiplayer systems before launch. It should have the character creator too.
Gamers will need to create a character instead of importing an existing Guardian since this is the franchise’s first PC launch. We don’t know how long that exclusive access will last.
Destiny 2 for PC Pre-Orders & Software
Destiny 2 pre-orders are available at GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon today. Every version of the game requires a digital download. Gamers need high-speed internet Blizzard’s Battle.net software to play.
The Destiny 2 Standard Edition costs $59.99. This is the only version available for pre-order at retail stores now.
Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition includes the game’s expansion pass, an in-game sword, a legendary emote and an emblem. This version costs $99.
PC buyers get the game and access to two big DLC updates after launch with the $89.99 Destiny 2 for PC Game + Expansion Pass Bundle.
Destiny 2 Limited Edition includes the game, the expansion pass, a SteelBook case, a Cabal Empire book of secrets, a Cabal Schematic, postcard images, and Cabal Military Pawns. The Cabal are the game’s enemies. Gamers get the emblem, emote and sword from the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game too. Destiny 2 for PC Limited Edition cost $99.99. It’s only available at GameStop.
Destiny 2 Collector’s Edition includes the game, the expansion pass, the Steelbook case full of Cabal Empire collectibles and the digital content from Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. It is the only way to get the Frontier Laptop bag, solar panel USB charger, paracord and solar blanket. Destiny 2 Collector’s Edition is $249.99
Destiny 2 for PC Deals
Best Buy and NVIDIA both have Destiny 2 deals available. GameStop and Toys R Us may also have some savings closer to release.
Best Buy Rewards members get a $10 rewards certificate for pre-ordering Destiny 2. Rewards accounts are free.
Buying the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080TI or GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card gets gamers early access to the game’s beta and a free copy of the game. This deal is available at NVIDIA.com until June 27th.
When We’ll Learn More About Destiny 2 for PC
Expect to learn a lot more about the Destiny 2 for PC release before the game’s beta this August. Bungie and Activision will have more videos of the game’s mechanics and visuals by then.
Pre-Order to Get Access to the Destiny 2 Beta
Gamers that place a Destiny 2 pre-order won't spend hours downloading the files they need for the Destiny 2 Beta. They’ll get time with the game before it's opened to the public.
PS4 gamers that pre-order get beta access on July 18th. Xbox One owners that buy early can try the Destiny 2 Beta on July 19th. Windows PC users can expect the Destiny 2 Beta to launch this August.
The Destiny 2 Beta opens to everyone on July 21st. Open betas come with hiccups. Gamers create long loading times by trying to play at the same time. It also takes a long time to download the necessary files since everyone else is trying to download them too.
Retail store receipts for the game come with a beta unlock code printed on them. The Xbox Store and PlayStation Store unlock the beta automatically.