Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Open to All Players

After a rocky start the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta is now open to all Xbox One owners, even those who did not pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and get a beta token.

Call of Duty, Treyarch and Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is open to all Xbox One owners now, for the rest of the beta period.

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The official end to the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is August 30th, but with the issues that stopped many players from downloading the Black Ops 3 beta for a day and the precedent from the PS4 beta, we expect an extra day of play.

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Here’s what you need to know about the public Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta that is now available for everyone to play.

Download the Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta

You don’t need a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta token to download the game to your Xbox One anymore. For the first several days users needed a code to install the game, but as of today it is open for all players with an Xbox One to download.

Everyone with a Xbox One can download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.

Everyone with a Xbox One can download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.

The first thing to do is turn on your Xbox One and sign in to your account. If you are not at home you can search in the Xbox One app for you iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone or the web and you should be able to start the beta download.

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  • On the Xbox go to the right to the Xbox Store.
  • Search for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.
  • Select the option to download the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.
  • Confirm the option to download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta to your Xbox One.

The Black Ops 3 beta download size is 13.87GB, which is a large file to download, so you should plan on a decent wait for the file to download and install.

Expect Some Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Problems

If you are just joining the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta, you should expect to see some problems with the game. Treyarch issued an update that changes the power of the Rejack Specialist power. There are no other patch notes available yet, but users can expect that some other features changed.

There are some Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta problems that you should know about. Games may freeze at times and there are other potential issues. This is a beta, and you should remember that there will be some issues.

Keep in mind that the influx of new players may stress servers for a short time while a large number of users download the update and start to play.

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Things to Try in the Black Ops 3 Beta

You only have a short time with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One, so you should make the most of your time with the game. The slides below walk through 10 things you need to try in the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta.

Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta: 10 Things to Try

Try Out Each Specialist

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Try Out Each Specialist

Black Ops 3 is going to be introducing several new elements to the Call of Duty franchise. One of the biggest is the addition of Specialists. Specialists come with their own look but more importantly, they come with unique weapons and abilities. 

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Here's the breakdown of the Specialist classes that you'll most likely encounter during the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta:

Battery: Battery operates ahead of the front lines. Her War Machine fires salvos of bouncing grenades, while her Kinetic Armor can deflect enemy bullets when active… though she remains vulnerable to headshots and non-bullet damage.

Ruin: A reckless infantry soldier who prefers to surprise his enemies. He rushes into battle with his Overdrive ability, and can deliver a devastating shockwave with his Gravity Spikes.

Outrider: A hunter-tracker who stalks her prey from afar before moving in for the kill. Use her Vision Pulse ability to reveal the location of nearby enemies or her Sparrow compound bow with its deadly explosive bolts.

Prophet: Prefers to disrupt opponents’ tactics before moving in for the kill. His Tempest is a charge-shot weapon that delivers chain electricity to all nearby enemies. He can confuse enemies with his Glitch ability, which flashes him back to a previous position.

Seraph: Known for extreme focus and discipline in combat. Her high-caliber Annihilator revolver fires powerful rounds with increased bullet penetration taking out enemies with one shot. She’s also able to earn Scorestreaks more quickly using her Combat Focus ability, which triggers a brief bonus multiplier.

Nomad: Prefers to turn the environment against his enemies. Case in point: His H.I.V.E. weapon, which deploys trap pods filled with deadly nano-drones. When near death, Nomad can recover using his Rejack ability.

You'll want to try out each Specialist so that you develop a comfort level with one or more of them. There's a good chance that one will fit your style better than the other so you'll want to use the beta to do a bit of experimentation.

In order to really dig in though you'll need to play as each one. As you level up, you'll gain unlock tokens that allow you to access new weapons and abilities. So, give each a shot and that way, you'll be better prepared for the public release in November. 

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