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Battlefield 5 Beta: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The Battlefield 5 beta is here and today we want to guide you through everything we know about the release date, download size, and more.

Battlefield 5 is the latest entry into the Battlefield series and the final version arrives in November on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

Originally slated to arrive in October, the Battlefield 5 release date is delayed until November 20th. The release date for EA and Origin Access subscribers is November 9th and those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition get access starting November 15th.

You’ll have to wait until November to play the finished product, but you can play a portion of the game long before its official release date.

EA DICE’s launched an open Battlefield 5 beta for all three confirmed platforms. The beta will let interested gamers try the game before it comes out and help DICE engineers catch bugs and performance issues.

Open Battlefield 5 Beta

The Battlefield 5 beta is an open beta which means anyone with one of the following consoles can download and install the beta for free:

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One X
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • Windows PC

Battlefield 5 Beta PC Specs

These are the minimum and recommended PC specs for the Battlefield 5 beta. If you own a PC, here’s what your PC needs to meet:

Minimum Specs

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-8350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 1050/GTX 660 2GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 50GB

Recommended Specs

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 3 1300x
  • Processor (Intel): Core i7 4790 or equivalent
  • Memory: 12GB RAM
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 50GB

If your PC doesn’t meet the minimum specifications, the beta will likely be unplayable.

Battlefield 5 Beta Download Size

The Battlefield 5 beta is a huge download for all three platforms. Here are the download sizes for Windows PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4:

  • PlayStation 4: 14.8 GB
  • Xbox One: 10.9 GB
  • PC: 12.4 GB

Note that the download might be a little bit bigger due to a client update DICE rolled out to alleviate some early issues with the game.

Battlefield 5 Beta End Date

The Battlefield 5 beta officially kicked off on September 6th and it ends on September 11th at 22:00 PM BST. There’s a chance EA extends the beta due to the game’s delayed release date so be on the lookout for an announcement.

If you played the Battlefield 5 alpha, note that the Battlefield 5 beta will be a separate download. If you haven’t deleted the alpha file, you can do so now.

Battlefield 5 Beta Features

The beta includes the game’s 64-player Conquest mode on the Rotterdam map or the Arctic Fjord map.

The open beta also features two “days” of Grand Operations where “each day is represented by a round of play, and player actions have a direct impact on the next round.”

EA says up to 64 players can deploy in the Airborne and Breakthrough modes on the Arctic Fjord map.

The open beta includes a five-part Tides of War chapter and those who complete the chapter will earn an exclusive in-game Dog Tag in Battlefield V at launch. DICE says the Shock Troops chapter will only be part of the Open Beta and not the final game.

Here are a few other things you can expect when you try the beta:

  • Limited weapon cosmetic customization.
  • No solider or vehicle customization.
  • Progress won’t carry over to the base version of the game.
  • Lots of bugs and performance issues.

If you’re interested in the Battlefield 5’s full change log, it’s substantial, head here.

2 Reasons to Buy Battlefield 5 & 6 Reasons to Wait

Buy If You Want a Game to Play for the Next Year

Buy If You Want a Game to Play for the Next Year

If you're looking to get a huge bang for your buck, think about investing in Battlefield 5. 

Unlike Call of Duty and other first person shooters, Battlefield 5 comes with a single player campaign dubbed War Stories. Each War Story takes about an hour or so to complete, but they're actually quite fun. 

Of course, there's also the game's extensive multiplayer component which puts you on the ground with up to 63 other players on the battlegrounds of World War 2. 

As time goes on, EA DICE will deliver new maps, new weapons, new skins, and brand new game modes. And unlike some games (Battlefield 1 and COD Black Ops 4, for instance) you won't have to pay for any of the DLC content. 

Battlefield 5's DLC is dubbed Tides of War and players can expect four expansions during the game's first year out on shelves. You can expect lots of changes to both the single player and multiplayer modes as support for Battlefield 5 will go on for several years. 

So if you're looking to buy a game that doesn't immediately end up in your drawer or CD case, Battlefield 5 is worth a look.

It's a solid investment at $60 and it will provide you with hundreds of hours of entertainment in the months, and perhaps years, to come. 

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