Destiny 2 Beta Launches 1PM EST Today For PS4 Pre-Order Members

Destiny 2

Developer Bungie and publisher Activision is giving PlayStation 4 gamers who pre-ordered Destiny 2 first dibs on the early access beta that is rolling out today (perhaps already, by the time you read this). PS4 players will be able to hop into the beta starting at 10 AM Pacific (1 PM Eastern) and will have access to the main Homecoming campaign. PlayStation Plus members will also be able to play Strike: The Inverted Spire and Crucible: Countdown and Control game types.

If you are an Xbox One console owner who pre-ordered Destiny 2, you will have to wait for your chance to join the early access beta, though not for long—the beta opens up tomorrow, July 19, at the same time. Like PS4 players, Xbox One gamers will have access to the main storyline, while Xbox Live Gold players can play additional modes.

Following the early access period for PlayStation, the beta will open up publicly to all console players. There will also be a beta period for PC sometime in August, though Bungie has not yet announced specific dates.

Before you hop into the beta, there is some housekeeping that needs to be down. To begin with, you need to register an account with using your PS4 or Xbox One credentials, if you have not already done soe. For those of you who pre-ordered online through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, or Blizzard Shop then you are already registered for the beta. However, if you pre-ordered Destiny 2 through a physical retailer such as GameStop, you will receive a redemption code that you need to enter to join beta.

Here are some other related notes, direct from Bungie:
  • If players experience issues retrieving a Destiny 2 Early Access code upon pre-order, they must contact their retailer for further assistance.
  •  Code redemption and acquisition does not display properly on some mobile devices. Please visit on a web browser if you are unable to view these pages.
  • If you live in Australia or New Zealand and are retrieving a PS4 code, please select Europe as your region.
  • Players will only be granted one Destiny Beta Download Code per Pre-order. Bungie will not replace codes if they are lost or redeemed for the incorrect platform.
  • The Destiny 2 Beta will become available for public access through the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace starting July 21, 2017.
You should also be advised of the storage requirements. On the PS4, Destiny 2 is a 15GB download that requires 30GB of free space. And for the Xbox One, it is a 13GB download that requires 13GB of free space. These are for the beta only; the full game will likely have higher storage requirements across the board.

Destiny 2 is one of the most hyped games of the year. Bungie released a launch trailer earlier this year that is a must-watch. It's equal parts drama and comedy. The story centers around the destruction of The Last City by the invading Cabal empire and the call to arms for revenge. Titan Vanguard Zavala riles up his troops with an inspiring speech, while Hunter Vanguar Cayde-6, well, takes a different approach.

There will be multiple editions of Destiny 2, including a standard edition, an upgraded version with a season pass for future expansions, a digital deluxe edition with a season pass and bonus in-game content, and both limited and special editions for collectors. These will range in price from $60 to $250.