Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Dates Confirmed For Early October

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming open beta for Battlefield 2042.

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EA and DICE have officially announced the open beta dates for Battlefield 2042. As rumored, the beta officially begins on October 8, which is just a week away, but there is a pretty good chance you can play it earlier. That's especially true if you're playing on Xbox. Anyone with EA Play (included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) and anyone who preorders gets access a few days before that.

Preloading for all platforms, regardless of preorder status, begins October 5. Also of note, all progress from the open beta will be wiped ahead of launch, as is normal for betas like this.

Battlefield 2042 Beta Dates And Preload Info

The key details for Battlefield 2042's open beta can be found below.

  • Duration: October 5-10, 2021
  • Oct 5: Downloads enabled for all players
  • Oct 6-9: Early Access window (triggers Oct 6 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET)
  • Oct 8-9: Open Availability (triggers Oct 8 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET)
  • Oct 10, 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET: Sunset

What's In The Battlefield 2042 Beta

In terms of the content in the beta, players can look forward to checking out Battlefield's famous Conquest mode on the new Orbital map, which was featured in the Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer. Conquest sees two teams of 64 players (or 32 on PS4 and Xbox One) competing for control over objective points spread across the map.

Four Specialist characters will be available in the beta. These include:

  • Boris -- A Russian engineer
  • Casper -- A South African long-range expert
  • Falck -- A German medic
  • Mackay -- A Canadian outdoorsman who has a grapple gun

The Orbital map takes place in Kourou, French Guiana, and it features dynamic elements like a rocket launch sequence that happens in the background. Players can also use ziplines to move between towers. A variety of vehicles are supported, too, while Battlefield 2042's new weather elements--in this case a tornado--will appear during matches, too.

PlayStation Plus And Xbox Live Gold Requirements

PlayStation Plus is not required for the Battlefield 2042 open beta, but Xbox users need to have a Gold subscription to play.

PC System Requirements

The minimum and recommended PC system requirements can be seen below.

MINIMUM PC REQUIREMENTS:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Memory: 4GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 560
  • DirectX: 12
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 100GB
RECOMMENDED PC REQUIREMENTS:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Video Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • DirectX: 12
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 100GB SSD

It's been a long road to release for Battlefield 2042 already, as DICE took an extra year to develop the game to help give developers more time to make the most out of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. After a delay, Battlefield 2042 is now slated to launch on November 19.

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