Destiny Beta Now Open to Everyone; Drops Code Requirement on Xbox One/360 and PS4/PS3

Still waiting for a code to check out the Destiny beta? You're in luck.

After initially requiring a beta code for access, Bungie is opening up the Destiny beta to all gamers on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Starting today at 4 PM PDT, everyone will be free to play the ongoing beta. The only requirement will be an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription, depending upon your console of choice. To start playing, check out the dashboard or store on your system for a link to download the beta.

This will ensure everyone who wants to try Destiny has the opportunity to do so before the beta comes to an end on Sunday night. It should also make it easier for those with more than one console to decide which system they want to play the game on when it launches on September 9. But remember, the Xbox One beta doesn't run at 1080p, but the final game is expected to.

Bungie has had a number of surprises for beta testers since the beta began last week. Before today's announcement, it offered a limited time Iron Banner event over the weekend and then brought the beta back online early after scheduled maintenance. And, as previously announced, players who sign into the game anytime between 2 PM PDT on Saturday and the end of the beta will receive an exclusive emblem for use in the full game.

The Iron Banner mode--a competitive multiplayer playlist where you can earn exclusive rewards--will return at least two more times before the beta ends. The schedule for when the Iron Banner will be live follows below (times are PDT):

Friday, July 25

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday, July 26

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

So how does Destiny look? Check out some screens below.

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328 comments
147014
147014

Need mouse and keyboard BADLY. First person shooters are very difficult with gamepad. I try many times. I can't get used to it.

This game support mouse and keyboard ??? (Ps4)

DVONvX
DVONvX

Doesn't the beta start this weekend?

ck10304
ck10304

I'm so glad I'm reading this the day the beta finished

senorblackjack
senorblackjack

Are they still give away Beta Codes?  I'd love to be part of that!

jlefebre6001
jlefebre6001

is the beta over? i go to BETA in the PS Store under Destiny and it's grayed out. (yes i have ps plus)

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

This game is similar to The Last of Us. Both are boring as hell.

Greyfox-101
Greyfox-101

It is a lot smaller game that I imagined. The world is too generic and there is little reason to explore anything

major_retard
major_retard

Game is underwhelming and forgettable, just like all other MMOs.

jessie82
jessie82

shame it still requires xbox live..

mohammed_123
mohammed_123

Help when I downloaded destiny on 360 it was a play screen every time what do I do

mohammed_123
mohammed_123

When I downloaded it on Xbox 360 it was just I black screen for me when I played it what do I do

sdinh225
sdinh225

Gerdammit, have a 360 lying around collecting dust but got no Gold. Got 2 years worth of PS+ for half price but no PS3/PS4 so no Destinylzing beta goodness. First world problems mang.

Renoo27
Renoo27

Aww man why didn't I see this sooner! Ah well, really exited now! 

that_guy_1994
that_guy_1994

Too all people who are complaining... Stop this is a comment section to support the game and yes you are playing to give them feedback.. Keeping in mind this is a beta. Just be happy your in and not begging people for codes.  And plese stop comparing it to HALO because it isnt HALO and dont try to say HALO 4 is better cause its a different company so if you dont like the beta.... Then i have a really good idea for you people. Stop bitching and go play another game and stop dissing a brilliant games companys latest work.....  Its just sad annoying and irritating

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

The beautiful packaging,  the story, addictive gameplay. Repeatable grindfest call it what it is Halo/warcraft, on consoles. Sure to spawn a new generation of losers. God-bless them.

allever
allever

The game is better than I expected.  I'm definitely getting it.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

It's a beautiful clean beta. I played it on the ps4 maybe the graphics suck on the last gen but on ps4 it's truly next gen.


I agree that control options are limited but it's a frickin beta and IT"S FREE.  Stop whining.

Halloll
Halloll

more like Aim Assist 9001, why do they not let you disable the stupid aim assist.

phbz
phbz

The Beta its ok. 


Technically the game seems to be at a good level. Loved the atmosphere. And the shooting is above average. Sadly nothing seems new. Maybe the sequels will take some risks but as thinks are now it's just another "play it safe" game with lots of missed opportunities. 


But I have to say that the Beta surpassed my initial expectations But not enough to want to buy it.  

Leeric420
Leeric420

Lets be clear people, its a Beta, so stop comparing it to fully released games.


The game is pretty fun in my opinion, I'm not sure what game these people are playing when they say its to slow....

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

Beta sold me. it's not the second coming of Christ but fun none the less :)

lizardlava
lizardlava

Doesn't make them hard/tough tho. derp. 

hector530
hector530

how dumb is bungie to NOT make world PVP for this game


its mindblowing how it isnt in the game

rasterorsoniu13
rasterorsoniu13

Me and my dad played on our Xbox One, but after being so excited to play, I was sad when other kids had better graphics. 

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

I got it today and its better then I thought it would be, I might get it on sale since battlefield got delayed.

domisbatman
domisbatman

@Greyfox-101 Are you from the future ? The game hasn't been released yet,you must be from the future .

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Welcome to gaming in 2014. Couch multiplayer is dead.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@jessie82 All multiplayer games on Xbox require xbox live, just like the playstation plus. Why are people shocked by this? It's supposed to be an MMO...

unban_porygon
unban_porygon

@tolard312 I swear I'm not even going to try to click on that link to found out what's in it ...

rob4828
rob4828

@mohammed_123 i have the same problem. It seems destiny will not play off of an external drive

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Isn't that song brilliant? Weird Al's still got it!

Oh, you aren't missing much, Destiny is a dud.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Actually, much of the game is a blatant rip off of Halo - except, not as good. I'd say some of it is actionable by Microsoft and 343. I'm surprised Microsoft is allowing it on their consoles.

You realize many of the original Halo team moved to 343, right?

Stebsis
Stebsis

@dmblum1799 It's beta so people need to whine and complain and tell what's wrong with it. Beta is the right time to say what needs improving, not after the release

domisbatman
domisbatman

@Halloll Funny you say that because there isn't aim assist in Destiny,nice try though

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

@Halloll


These are the type of posts that I despise. You're just bragging I'm too much of a badass to use aim assist. Oh, you are so skillful in your own mind.

brockelley
brockelley

@iammcgruber @jessie82 it still shouldn't require xbl to play.. it's not only multi-plat, it's multi-generational.. 


It's like net neutrality.. having to pay extra for bandwidth to watch netflix or something.. you shouldn't have to buy a system, then buy a game, and then only be able to play the game if you buy the systems premium service.


It's only $45/year but still.. 


quoting bungie: " you can solo the entire game" means you don't need to be connected, so they shouldn't force it.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

@Stebsis Not much they're going to do a month before release. Lets call it what it is, demo/pre-release stress test.

Halloll
Halloll

@dmblum1799 @Halloll sorry for wanting to control my game instead of having a "Big Brother" script take over the controls away form me.

josh9996
josh9996

@dmblum1799 @Halloll If you've ever played an FPS before, you'd know that aim assist is annoying as hell, and isn't necessary. That being said though, there shouldn't be an option to disable it because that breaks the balance. Either it's there altogether or it isn't.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

@carrigan911 @hector530 Miss when co op game meant playing next to the person you were playing with in the same room. Split screen co op offline for whenever you want to play co op when you want and not when your internet company decides because they only allot you a certain amount of gigabytes a month.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@brockelley @iammcgruber @jessie82 I know, but for 9-10 years now all multiplayer games need Xbox Live, this isn't something new... this is a multiplayer game. Even if you are lone wolfing it...other players will run by you or you can see other players doing quests in the distance. There is no single player. Why would this NOT need xbox live?

RobDev
RobDev

@Janpieterzun @Stebsis server stuff like matchmaking and balancing. theres lots of stuff they can fix with a day one patch.


brockelley
brockelley

@iammcgruber @brockelley @jessie82 Well that's certainly the debate... just liked the DRM debate. I for one will always have internet, HDD space, and xbl/ps+ so I don't mind digital games and online only games.. it is the future, that much is true.


Doesn't mean there aren't some people who would prefer physical discs and being able to just put the disc in the game and play..........