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10 Things to Do Before the Battlefield 2042 Release Date



If you’re thinking about buying a copy of Battlefield 2042 there are some things you should do before the game arrives later on this month.

EA and DICE have confirmed the next Battlefield game and Battlefield 2042 is heading to PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC in November.

It’s one of the most anticipated games of the year and you can buy it right now if you so desire. Retailers are currently taking Battlefield 2042 pre-orders ahead of its release in the fall.

There are three versions of Battlefield 2042 on sale. There’s a standard edition, a Gold edition, and an expensive Ultimate Edition that comes with a bunch of extras.

With pre-orders live and the Battlefield 2042 release date confirmed, you’ll want to start prepping for its arrival. This guide we’ll take you through a few things that will help prospective buyers and those who pre-order.

Decide If You Want to Pre-Order

While you might be tempted to buy Battlefield 2042 right now, there are actually some legit reasons to put your wallet away and wait.

We’ve released a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, pre-order a copy right now. It’s worth a look if you’re currently on the fence.

Go through our guide, and others if you need to, and decide if the game is worth the investment. Remember, most retailers allow you to cancel a pre-order, free-of-charge, before a game ships.

That said, there are some retailers that will charge you for a game immediately. Sony is one of them. That’s something to think about if you aren’t prepared to cough up the cash right now.

Buy the Right Battlefield 2042 Edition

Again, retailers are selling three versions of the Battlefield 2042. And while most people will probably want to go with a standard copy, the Gold and Ultimate Editions do have appeal.

If you aren’t sure which one to buy, take a look at our guide that goes over the Battlefield 2042 editions. It will take you through each and make some recommendations.

Keep Tabs on Your Order

As we push through November, make sure you keep an eye on your Battlefield 2042 pre-order. This will help you avoid headaches.

Make sure your delivery information is up-to-date. If you recently moved, you may have forgotten to change your address. You’ll also want to make sure your payment information is correct.

Upgrade Your Console

If you’re holding onto an original Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and you own a 4K television, you might want to look into buying an Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S.

Battlefield 2042 is coming to older consoles, but there will be some limitations. For instance, while Xbox One and PlayStation 4 support 64 players on a map, 128 players and massive-scale maps will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and PlayStation 5.

If you want the best possible Battlefield 2042 experience, you’ll want the best possible machine. The Xbox Series X/S and PS5 are still hard to find, but if you manage to find one in stock, think about making a move.

Buy a Hard Drive

Battlefield 2042 will require a huge download.

If you already have a huge internal and/or external hard drive, you should be good to go. However, if you’re rocking an older console with a limited amount of space, you might want to invest in an external hard drive. Fortunately, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from.

The Samsung T5 Portable SSD is one of our favorites, but you may also want to check out the WD My Passport 4TB.

Look for Battlefield 2042 Deals

If you don’t want to pay full price for a copy of Battlefield 2042, make sure you keep your eyes out for deals as we speed toward the release date.

There aren’t a ton of Battlefield 2042 deals out there though EA Play subscribers can knock a bit (10%) off the price of the game right now.

Best Buy provides My Best Buy members with a free steelbook case. Signing up for My Best Buy is free so this is certainly worth a look.

The Battlefield 2042 Standard Edition is also bundled in for free with GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 Ti, 3080, 3070 Ti and 3070 graphics cards through INNO3D and other NVIDIA partners. 

You can also grab a copy of the game for Windows PC if you pickup an SSD from Western Digital. The game comes packaged with the company’s WD_BLACK SN750 SSD.

You can expect retailers to offer sporadic pre-launch deals so make sure you take a look around.

Follow Battlefield

If you’re interested in the game, make sure you follow EA’s Battlefield Twitter account for the latest info about the game, contests, and more.

Battlefield 2042 Pre-Load

If you pre-order the digital version of Battlefield 2042 you can pre-load the game ahead of its release date. Pre-loading will let you play the game the second it unlocks on November 19th (or earlier if you buy one of the more expensive editions).

Again, Battlefield 2042 will command quite a bit of space on your internal, or external, hard drive.

Make Sure Your PC Can Run It

Before you buy Battlefield 2042 for Windows PC, make sure your computer can run it.

EA’s published the minimum and recommended system requirements. If your PC meets these, the game should run fine. If it doesn’t, it may run poorly. In some cases, it may not run at all.

Battlefield 2042 Minimum PC Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600, Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 560,Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

Battlefield 2042 Recommended PC Specifications:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel Core i7 4790
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

Try Other Battlefield Games

You don’t need to play older Battlefield games to enjoy Battlefield 2042, but now is a great time to jump into one of the older games if you haven’t played in awhile.

Just like the open Battlefield 2042 beta, playing these games will help you decide if Battlefield 2042 is worth the price of admission. They’re pretty fun too.

Battlefield 2042 will obviously be a lot different than previous titles, but it will utilize a lot of the core elements Battlefield games are known for.

If you don’t find all-out warfare and objective-based game modes fun, you might want to spend your money elsewhere.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 for These Bonuses

Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Battlefield 2042 for console or Windows PC, you'll get some nice bonuses with your order.

The Battlefield 2042 pre-order bonuses, which apply to all of three versions of the game, include:

  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • Mr. Chompy Epic Weapon Charm
  • Landfall Player Card background
  • Old Guard tag

Pre-ordering a copy of Battlefield 2042 also nets you Irish's exclusive Battle Hardened legendary skin. The Battle Hardened skin is the same outfit he wears in the short Battlefield film, Exodus.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about putting in a Battlefield 2042 pre-order.

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