EA DICE plans to launch a Battlefield 5 beta ahead of the game’s official release in October. The beta won’t arrive for a few more weeks, but now is a great time to start thinking about whether to try it out (or not) on your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC.
Battlefield 5 pre-orders are live ahead of the game’s October release date. And while some of you will want to put in a pre-order, many others will want to wait for the Battlefield 5 beta to arrive before committing.
One of the perks of pre-ordering a copy is early access to the upcoming Battlefield 5 beta. Those who pre-order a copy of the standard or Deluxe version of Battlefield 5 get early entry into the beta. Those who pre-order the Deluxe edition also get early access to the full version of the game.
EA DICE hasn’t confirmed the Battlefield 5 beta release date just yet, but it expects to launch the program sometime in September after debuting another game build at Gamescom in August.
We don’t know what DICE will include in the beta, but don’t be surprised if it outlines those details at the tradeshow. Gamescom stretches from August 21st to August 25th.
With the beta getting closer, you might be wondering if it’s worth pre-ordering to get early access. You also might be wondering if there are any downsides to trying the beta.
In this guide we’ll take you through reasons why you might want to try the Battlefield 5 beta on your platform. We’ll also share one very good reason you might want to skip it.
Join the Battlefield 5 Beta to Help DICE
If you played any of the earlier Battlefield games you’ve probably run into frustrating bugs and performance issues. Maybe you even complained about online. Battlefield 5 will never be perfect, but the beta gives you a chance to help DICE squash bugs and performance issues before they make it into the final version.
The Battlefield 5 beta is a marketing tool, but it’s also going to help DICE catch potentially nasty bugs in a near final build of the game. With your help, DICE will improve the overall quality of the multiplayer experience before it arrives.
Don’t believe me? Check out all the changes DICE plans to make after a few days of alpha testing. Your feedback from the beta could have a very big impact on the final version.
If you’re sick of the number of bugs that infest Battlefield games at the start and/or sick of immediate game balance issues, join the beta and send your feedback, positive or negative, into DICE.
Try the Battlefield 5 If You’re Undecided
In the weeks since Battlefield 5’s announcement and subsequent alpha, we’ve seen mixed opinions. Some people are excited about the game’s setting (World War 2), the customization, the new game modes, and the gameplay tweaks. Others are feeling a bit leery. Skepticism is healthy.
If you’re on the fence about the game, trying the beta could help you to one side of the fence or the other. You might go into the beta thinking Battlefield 5 is a definite buy and come out of it unimpressed. Others might go in thinking they’ll hate it and come out of it with a pre-order.
You won’t know until you actually play the game. Watching videos and reading about the game helps, but trying the game is the best way to decide if Battlefield 5 is worth your time and your money.
Remember, the Battlefield 5 beta is open which means you’ll be able to join it, free of charge, without a pre-order.
Try the Battlefield 5 Beta to Test Your PC
If you’re playing your games on an older Windows PC the Battlefield 5 beta presents the perfect opportunity to test your hardware.
Thanks to the Battlefield 5 alpha, we have some preliminary minimum and recommended specs for PC users. While they could change for the beta, we expect the beta’s PC requirements will be somewhat similar to the alpha.
If your PC is getting old and barely meets the minimum or recommended requirements, you’ll want to try the beta and get a feel for the game’s performance on your rig.
Some of you might find out that it doesn’t look as good as you want it to. Others might find the game completely unplayable. If that’s the case, you might want, or have, to buy some new hardware ahead of the game’s release in October.
With the beta coming in September, just weeks ahead of Battlefield 5’s street date, we’d expect the PC requirements for the final version of the game to be very close to the beta’s requirements.
Join for Potential Bonuses
EA hasn’t said anything yet, but expect some type of in-game reward if you spend time testing the Battlefield 5 beta.
Don’t expect anything over the top, but we could see DICE hand over something along the lines of the bonus from the Battlefield 1 beta: A unique dog tag.
If you’re a collector or simply someone who loves to unlock every possible in-game item, you’ll probably want to think about joining the Battlefield 5 beta.
The Battlefield 1 reward required players to reach Rank 15 and play the game on at least four different days.
Join to Get a Head Start
If you already plan on investing a good amount of time in the next Battlefield game you’ll probably want to give the Battlefield 5 beta a go.
If you didn’t get a chance to try the alpha, trying out the beta will help you get familiar with the game’s mechanics, maps, modes, and more.
Getting familiar with the game’s movement (vaulting, etc) and new features like the healing system, will give you a leg up over players that skip the beta and start playing in October.
This could make your experience on day one forward a little better. It could also help you rank of faster.
Avoid the Battlefield 5 Beta If You Hate Dealing with Bugs
If you haven’t figured it out already, there are some great reasons to try Battlefield 5 before its release date. Most people should given the fact that it’s free. That said, there is one reason you might want to avoid the beta and, in some cases, avoid buying the game before it launches.
If you’ve played a Battlefield game or tried a DICE beta you know that its games are, while ambitious, riddled with bugs and performance issues. The Battlefield 5 beta probably won’t be any different.
There are a ton of moving pieces and kinks that’ll need to be worked out. That’s a big part of why it’s running this beta.
If you try the beta you can expect to run into small bugs, but you could also encounter maddening issues like crashes, network issues, freezes, and various issues with game balance. Simply put, if you can’t handle dealing with bugs or other issues, you shouldn’t play the beta. You’re probably better off monitoring it from a distance and making a decision about a pre-order that way.
Some of you might even want to skip a pre-order due to these issues. The final product will have its fair share of problems as well and you might want to wait a few weeks, maybe until the holidays, for DICE to correct the most glaring issues with the game.
Pre-Order if You Want to Play Battlefield 5 ASAP
If you want to play Battlefield 5 the second it goes live you'll want to pre-order a very specific copy of the game.
Pre-ordering the game's Deluxe Edition will grant you three days early access to the final version of the game in October.
Those who pre-order the regular version of the game ($60) will get access to Battlefield 5 on October 19th while those who pay a little bit more for the Deluxe Edition ($80) will get access to the game on October 16th.
If you want to play even earlier than that, you should think about getting an EA Access (Xbox) or Origin Access (PC) account.
The Battlefield 5 Play First Trial for EA Access and Origin Access members opens up on October 11th. Both require a paid subscription, but they'll give you the earliest access to the game.
If you think you might want to start ranking up your character the second Battlefield 5 goes live, think about putting in a pre-order.