Pre-load the Destiny 2 Beta the moment you can. It’s the only way you will get as much time to test the upcoming third-person shooter as possible.
And you’ll want plenty of time to test Destiny 2. This beta is your only chance to try Destiny 2’s Crucible multiplayer experience before it launches. Expect access to one mission from the game’s campaign. Bungie and Activision will unlock a new social area, called The Farm, for just one hour during the testing period. You won’t get access to these features again until the final game launches on September 6th.
Downloading the files you need early will save you hours during the game’s narrow testing window. The Destiny 2 Beta begins with Early Access for PS4 users on July 18th. Xbox One owners with a pre-order can’t play until July 19th, and the Open Beta doesn’t start until July 21st. It could take hours to download the Destiny 2 Beta once each testing period kicks off. The Destiny 2 Beta ends for everyone on July 23rd.
Destiny 2 Beta pre-loads are available to users that have pre-ordered a copy of the game already. Here’s how to get the files you need now.
Claiming Your Key
You may need to claim a beta code from Destiny 2’s website before you can pre-load the game to your console. Anyone that pre-ordered a physical copy of the game needs an unlock key. Users that pre-ordered the game through the Xbox Store and the PlayStation Store get access to the beta without a key.
If you pre-ordered a physical copy of the game, find the receipt the cashier gave you. You need the 9-digit code at the bottom of that receipt to unlock your beta code.
Go to Destiny 2’s website and click on the Redeem Beta Code button.
Click the Sign In button if you already have an Xbox Live or PlayStation Network account. If you don’t have an account, select Join Up.
Select the online account for the platform you want to play on.
Enter the 9-digit code at the bottom of your receipt in the window.
Follow the on-screen prompts to unlock your download code for PS4 or Xbox One. You need to select a platform to play on. Be sure to only select the console that you have because codes can only be used once.
If you’ve done all this successfully, you should have a final Destiny 2 Beta key. Don’t close the window yet. You need to enter this key into your console’s digital store to download the files.
How to Pre-load Destiny 2 Beta on PS4
PS4 owners with a pre-order can pre-load the Destiny 2 Beta on their console now. That’s because the Destiny 2 Early Access Beta begins on July 18th at 10 AM Pacific Time for PS4.
Turn on your PS4 and sign in. Go to the PlayStation Store and select Redeem Codes. Enter the beta code the Destiny 2 Beta website gave you. Select Continue. Again, you don’t need a code if you purchased a digital copy of the game. You should search the PlayStation Store for the Destiny 2 Beta and download the files you need instead.
You must have 30GB of storage space and a high-speed internet connection to get the game installed and running on your PS4 console. You won’t need a PlayStation Plus subscription because the Destiny 2 Beta doesn’t require one.
How to Pre-load Destiny 2 Beta on Xbox One
The Destiny 2 Beta doesn’t start for Xbox One owners with a pre-order until July 19th at 10 AM Pacific Time. Gamers with a pre-order can also download the files they need on Microsoft’s console now.
Redeem your code through the Microsoft Account site on your PC. If you’re not able to get to a PC, open the Store app on your console and select the Redeem Code option below the advertisements at the top of the store. Your download should begin once you redeem your beta code.
Anyone that pre-ordered the game digitally on Xbox One should click the Get It Now button here. Make sure that you’re logged in with the Microsoft Account you pre-ordered the game with.
The Xbox One Destiny 2 Beta requires 13GB of storage. An Xbox Live Gold subscription isn’t required to play during the beta.
Pre-Load Destiny 2 for Open Beta
Only users that purchased a copy of the game can pre-load the Destiny 2 Beta now. That’s because the game’s Open Beta doesn’t start until July 21st at 10 AM. Bungie hasn’t said when users that want to try the game’s Open Beta can pre-load.
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.