If you didn't pre-order early enough to get a couple of days of extra access, or you've been patiently waiting for #OnlyWatch to end, good news: the Overwatch open beta has taken off.
If you haven't already pre-downloaded the beta for Blizzard's inaugural shooter on any of the three platforms — PC, PS4 or Xbox One — here's what you need to do:
Search "Overwatch" on the Playstation Store, select "Overwatch Open Beta" and download. You'll be able to play once complete.
Search "Overwatch" on the Xbox One Store, select "Overwatch Open Beta" and download.
Download the Battle.net launcher and then create a free account. Once logged in, click on the Overwatch logo on the left hand side and download.
According to Blizzard, the open beta will let players access all content and features — with one exception — that will be available at launch for the game. That's a total of 21 characters, four game modes, 12 different maps, custom games, loot boxes and the cosmetic rewards within, and the Weekly Brawl mode.
Competitive play, or ranked play, won't be available for the open beta. There also won't be cross-play between consoles and PC, and the feature won't be added to the game at launch either.
Those playing on PC will only need to download around 6.5GB of data, although the full footprint of the game is around 30GB. Gamers on PS4 and Xbox One have a 11GB download. The game's suite of tutorials and training modes will also be available to all players. If you want at least 60fps on PC as well, you'll need the following specs:
Operating system: Windows® 7/Windows®8 /Windows®10 64-bit (latest Service Pack) Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X3 or better Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or ATI Radeon™ HD 7950 or better Memory: 6 GB RAM Storage: 30 GB available hard drive space Broadband internet connection 1280x780 minimum display resolution
The game will also run at full 1080p/60fps on both consoles. Eurogamer's technical analysis found that Overwatch held that frame rate on both consoles without dropping a beat, something gamers — and Blizzard — should be very happy with.
What platform will you be playing Overwatch on — and for those who are only getting their first taste of the game now, what do you think? Mark and I like it a lot so far.
Update (9:10 AM): The open beta is live now on PC, although users aren't able to download the game yet through the PlayStation Store. We'll keep you posted.
Update (11:04 AM): Users should be able to download on all platforms.