Fallout 76 Beta Pre-Load On Xbox One Now Live Ahead Of Today's Session

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Now Playing: Fallout 76: Watch 50 Minutes Of Gameplay Before The Beta

Fallout 76's release date is quickly approaching. Bethesda's multiplayer-focused take on the series is set to arrive next month, but some players will have a chance to try it out much sooner than that. Following the recent pre-beta stress test, the publisher is kicking off the first Fallout 76 beta session on Xbox One today, October 23 (before expanding it to PS4 and PC the following week), and those who've qualified are able to pre-load it right now.

The Fallout 76 beta is open exclusively to those who've pre-ordered the game, so if you want to jump in, you'll need to reserve Fallout 76 on your platform of choice. Not everyone who pre-orders will get into the beta right away, however, as Bethesda will gradually invite more players in waves. You'll also need to have an Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus subscription in order to participate.

As Bethesda details on its FAQ page, to download the beta, you'll first need to find the redemption code on your pre-order receipt or in the email confirmation you received. After that, you'll need to log in to Bethesda's website, then input the code using the link on the FAQ. Once that is completed, Bethesda says it will send an email with further instructions.

The first beta session is scheduled to begin at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET and run until 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET. No further dates and times have been announced yet, but Bethesda says it will be running during "targeted time frames." According to the developer, the purpose of the beta is to "stress test and break the game," so players should expect some hiccups along the way. The beta will go on until shortly before the game's launch next month.

Fallout 76 releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 14. Unlike previous installments in the series, 76 is an always-online RPG with an emphasis on multiplayer, which we found makes for a very different kind of Fallout game. You can learn more about the title in our roundup of everything we know about Fallout 76.

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Worked perfectly for all 4 hours last night, except a minor stick bug when exiting crafting stations, and that players not yet level5 had to join me instead of me joining them.

...and it may have been random, but instead of getting waves of mole rats and irradiated, I was getting waves of Super Mutants on every event thus far. We're talking Dark Souls-level of difficulty within the first 45min -- that is, until I broke down their gear and made myself a full set of armor 30min (and 7 deaths) later. (Disclaimer: I ran straight to the edge of the map... if you follow the path the quests tell to to take, it's a cakewalk.) Once some of my crew joined up, it got even easier -- instanced loot FTW.

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Feels/sounds/plays exactly like Fallout 4, minus all the NPC conversations and stories.

Tons of discoverable area events and side quests.

There's a main quest, but I didn't bother following it at all.

You can go hours without seeing another human if you want.

Plenty of PVE combat, including wave-based, random wanderers, and side-quest-based.

Huge focus on all the Settlement, harvesting, building and crafting elements now, like Ark or Conan Exiles, but without the crashing.

If you install to SSD, and have a solid ISP connection, it's fluid and stable. Can't speak for those with less than that.

If that sounds good, hop in. If you want to build and play solo, this is also worth a solid try. But if you want SP quests and truly be solo, skip it and wait for Elder Scrolls 6.


All wknd they've been announcing human factions... The Responders (~lawful-good), some survivalists (~chaotic-neutral), and the beloved Enclave (~lawful-evil). It's unclear if these will kick off new quest lines or allow players to join them for faction wars, but it's nice to have a preview of the content that will be added over time.