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Battlefield 2042 beta download: How to install on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC

Source: Electronic Arts

If you’ve been looking for a new shooter to play, there’s good news: the Battlefield 2042 beta is almost here, and it will be partially open to all players across all platforms (people who preorder get early access from Oct. 6-7). Battlefield 2042 is arguably the most ambitious Battlefield game yet, featuring enormous maps, dynamic and destructive weather systems, an expansive progression system. It also has a special Portal mode that allows players to use factions, weapons, vehicles, and gadgets from old Battlefield games on classic Battlefield maps that have been remastered. With features like these, there’s a serious chance that Battlefield 2042 could become one of the best Xbox shooters ever.

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Ahead of Battlefield 2042 beta start time, EA and DICE have shared some important details regarding when and how you’ll be able to download the Battlefield 2042 beta. Here’s an overview of everything you need to know about the beta and its download process.

What to expect from Battlefield 2042 beta

Battlefield 2042 Orbital

Source: Electronic Arts Orbital is the map that players can play on during the beta.

Battlefield 2042’s Oct. 6-10 beta will offer players a small slice of the full Battlefield 2042 experience. For the duration of the beta, up to 128 players will be able to duke it out on the map Orbital, which features a massive rocket ship that will take off over the course of each match. The beta’s featured game mode is Conquest, which is a Battlefield staple that requires each team to capture points and score kills to drain the other team’s tickets. Notably, players on Xbox One and PS4 will be limited to 64-player matches, while players on Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, and PC will be able to experience 128-player matches.

Over the course of the beta, players will also be engaging with Battlefield 2042’s progression system that allows them to unlock new weapons, weapon attachments, and more. Over time, performing well with your weapons will also allow you to unlock cosmetics for them. It’s currently unclear if progress in the beta will carry over to the full game when it launches Nov. 19.

When is the Battlefield 2042 beta available for download?

Battlefield 2042 Borderline

Source: Electronic Arts

The Battlefield 2042 beta is now available for preloading as of Oct. 5 at 7 a.m. UTC / 3 a.m. ET. You can download the beta ahead of its release on all major platforms and storefronts, including Xbox’s Microsoft Store and Steam, Origin, the Epic Games Store, and the EA app on PC.

Due to the fact that this is a beta, there’s a chance that the game’s rollout could be impacted by server issues and other bugs or glitches. The in-game experience may also be affected by issues like this.

Battlefield 2042 beta download size

Battlefield 2042

Source: Electronic Arts

Official communications from EA and DICE have revealed that the download size of the Battlefield 2042 beta is 100GB, which is quite large. However, in actuality, the size of the beta is only 19-20GB on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC. Those on Xbox One and PS4 see download sizes shrunk to 10GB.

Updates to the beta over the course of its runtime may also affect the size of the beta, so we recommend having some extra space on your system. For more information about the hardware you need for the beta, check out our guide on the Battlefield 2042 beta system requirements.

How to download Battlefield 2042 beta

Battlefield 2042

Source: Electronic Arts

Battlefield 2042’s beta can be downloaded from the main storefront of each major platform. Follow the instructions below to install the beta:

How to download the Battlefield 2042 beta on Xbox

Battlefield 2042 Beta

Source: Windows Central

  1. Navigate to the Battlefield 2042 Beta Xbox Series X|S or Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Xbox One on the Microsoft Store from your Xbox console or PC.
  2. Select Install.

How to download the Battlefield 2042 beta on PC

Battlefield 2042 Beta

Source: Windows Central

  1. Navigate to the Battlefield 2042 page on Steam.
  2. Select Request Access underneath the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta listing.
  3. Select Play Now.

Note that this process is the same when using Origin or the EA app.

How to download the Battlefield 2042 beta on PS5

Battlefield 2042 Beta

Source: Windows Central

  1. Navigate to the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta page on the PlayStation Store from your PlayStation console or PC.
  2. Select Add to Library.

Keep in mind that Battlefield 2042 preorders are now available, and preordering the game will get you two days of early access to the beta.

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Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042

Battlefield goes back to the future

Battlefield 2042 debuts Electronic Arts’ next-generation vision for the military shooter, supporting up to 128 players, the largest ever maps, devastatingly destructive weather systems, and more.

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