The PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta starts in less than a week and we now know the most important details about the upcoming beta. All of these Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta details apply to the Xbox One and PC as well, just a week later.
If you are excited to try the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta with seven modes spread across three Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 maps with access to eight specialists this is what you need to know.
These details are especially important if you plan to play as soon as the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta starts, which as it turns out is not going to happen at a great time for most gamers.
After sharing what you can play in a new Black Ops 3 beta video earlier this week, Activision released a new set of information that fills in very important details about the beta process.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta starts August 19th for the PS4 and August 26th for Xbox One and PC. This is a short beta, so you will only get a few days to play. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release is set for November 6th, so there is still a long wait there.
Here are the new important Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta details that you need to know about.
Staggered Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Start Times
Activision will start to send out the code you need to start the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta download at 12:01 AM Pacific on August 19th for PS4 and 12:01 AM Pacific on August 26th for PC and Xbox One.
This is different from the key that you got when you pre-ordered Black Ops 3, so make sure you register for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.
Before you wait up to download the game and be one of the first regular gamers to play Black Ops 3, you need to know that you might not get your download code at the start. Activision confirms that the beta tokens will go out by email on a rolling basis.
If you pre-ordered on the PlayStation Store or on the Xbox Store you don’t need a code or token, and can start right away.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta Download Size
There is a lot in the beta, so the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta download size is pretty hefty. Activision confirmed that the beta is about 15GB. This will take a while to download, even on a good connection.
If you start the Black Ops 3 download at midnight, you might not be able to play until an hour or two later, depending on your connection speed.
There Will be Black Ops 3 Beta Downtime
This is a beta, and it focuses on multiplayer so there will be some Black Ops 3 beta downtime during the two beta periods as the company delivers updates. It is not clear if you will need to download any updates or if all the changes will be on the server, but Activision warns, “Because this is a Beta, periodic maintenance will be necessary throughout the gameplay period.”
You can follow Treyarch on Twitter for notice of downtime and other important information.
Black Ops 3 Release Date
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date is November 6th. This is a Friday and Treyarch explains that this is timed to allow gamers to set aside a weekend to enjoy and immerse themselves in the game without the looming arrival of work that a traditional Tuesday release entails.
Gamers can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on disc or digital now, with multiple versions of the game available. If you choose not to pre-order you will have no trouble finding a game on the release date, unless you want a special edition.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date arrives simultaneously for Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 and Xbox 360 version of Black Ops 3 comes from another developer and will not include all the same features and upgrades.
Standard versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 start at $59.99 and go up to $199.99 for a special edition. There is also a Season Pass for $49.99 with access to DLC content in 2016. The PS4 gets DLC content a month ahead of the Xbox One.