A Quick Guide To The Battlefield 3 Beta

Have you heard the news? Battlefield 3 Beta drops on September 29 and will run through to October 10. But what system specs do I need on a computer? How do I install the beta? Do I need Origin?

We've got the answers to these questions and more right here, thanks to DICE's handy-dandy FAQ.

For those of you who have already pre-ordered the PC Digital Download version of Battlefield 3 through Origin or own the Limited/Tier 1 edition of Medal of Honor, you will have early access starting September 27 (you have till September 25 to still pre-order). Once it hits, you'll be able to download it via your console's Marketplace or if you're using PC, it'll appear on Origin's Application's Demo page (So set up that account if you haven't already yet, it's required for PC players).

For the PC users, once you've downloaded it, make sure that it can run on your computer. The minimum system requirements are:

OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT PROCESSOR: 2GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4GHZ OR ALTHON X2 2.7GHZ) MEMORY: 2GB HARD DRIVE: 20GB GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE) GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE) SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE

If you purchased Medal of Honor and are expecting an early access invite, keep an eye on your email for the code (the same goes for 360 users; PS3 MoH users will find the early access download readily available in the Playstation Network Store on the date). Lastly, if you own Medal of Honor through steam, access it in your Steam library and and click the "CD Key" link to find your early access key. Then log into your Origin client and click the gear icon at the top to enter the key in the "Redeem Product Code" section.

For consoles owners, be weary that if you got an early access beta invite you cannot switch that over to your other console (for example an invite on your 360 but you want to access it early on your PS3). Rest assured that come September 29, you'll be able to openly download it on any of your gaming hardware and play away.

Once you've got the game running, get familiar with Battlefield 3's Battlelog, a new social platform that will tie into the game. With it you'll be able to socialise, track stats, plan your next game, and more.

Once you're all set up and ready to go, get gaming and enjoy the experience! EA has stated that there will be no cap on how long you can play (other than the end date of the beta), nor any caps in regards to how far you can rank up or what you can unlock. But keep in mind that your stats won't carry over to the full game when it officially launches. It's also worth noting that the gameplay is subject to chance, remember this is a beta version and not final software. Your participation in this experience will help to improve the quality of the final game. Take pride in that.

If you have any other questions regarding the Battlefield 3 beta, get in touch with EA's Customer Support or visit the Battlefield 3 Beta site.

The beta will only be available to players located in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.


Comments

    Wary, not weary :)
    Other than that, time to pre order

    sweet, bfbc2.5 beta.

      Hater :P

        Judging by the recycled cover art DICE are using, the guy has a point. I feel sorry for their art department or whoever is in charge of that.

        But it won't stop me from getting the game.

      I suppose you are hanging out for MW 1.3 then?

    I love how jumbled up EA is with their cross platform support. I was in the Beta for MOH but it never shows up. This and so many things whenever I access my EA account on its multitude of services. I just hope Origin doesn't freak out and forget me. No early access for now I guess :/

    Before anyone who asks/complains.

    The DX10.1 requirement for AMD/ATI cards is misleading. All cards released by AMD/ATI in the DX10 lineup were DX10.1 capable, NVIDIA never came to the party on DX10.1 hence the reason why their minimum spec looks lower.

    Fook it... Eyefinity all the way.

      I'm with this guy..

      That said there is a R11 patch for BC2 coming later this week to fix eyefinity CTD's.. hopefully they wont have similar issues with BF3!

    Any word on how large the beta is in file size?

      2 - 3 gb.

      it is only multiplayer, and takes place on operation metro, the same map seen on the alpha.

      and 'fear itself', the game takes some parts from bc2, but is much much more a battlefield game than it is a 'bad company' game.

    So am I right in saying if you don't preorder, you can't play the beta? (i.e. not an open beta?)

      No anyone and everyone can play September 29th. If you pre-order on origin for PC or own MoH limited/tier 1 then you can start playing September 27th.

    This will nullify the pain of returning from my two month European holiday.

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