In their truest anti-consumer form, Microsoft has finally made the Halo Infinite beta open to all who wish to play...but at certain times this weekend. You also need to download the Halo Inside app and access the beta through there instead of just a traditional download through the Microsoft Store.
"The latest Halo Infinite flight runs between Friday, October 1st and Monday October 4th, starting and ending at 6pm UK / 10am PDT, with daily matchmaking taking place at the following flight times each day:
First daily matchmaking session (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
- UK: 6pm to 10am (BST)
- Europe: 7pm to 11pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 1pm to 5pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 10am to 2pm (PDT)
Second daily matchmaking session (Saturday, Sunday and Monday in UK / Europe)
- UK: 1am to 5am (BST)
- Europe: 2am to 6am (CEST)
- East Coast US: 6pm to 12am (EDT)
- West Coast US: 5pm to 9pm (PDT)
To clarify - you can play the flight's Academy modes anytime between 6pm UK Friday to 6pm UK Monday, but you can only access matchmaking during the above times."
"As well as a Training Mode and Weapon Drills in the Academy menu, as well as a chance to test out elements of Halo Infinite's progression and battle pass system, the following modes and maps will be available during matchmaking periods:
- Capture the Flag
- Strongholds (Arena only)
- Total Control (Big Team Battle only)
- Live Fire
- Fragmentation (Big Team Battle only)"