Battlefield 3 Beta Releasing Next Week On All Platforms

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2011 - 06:12 PM |
Tagged: PC, gaming, beta, battlefield 3

PC Perspective’s own Scott Michaud has been eagerly awaiting the launch of Battlefield 3, and was kind enough to keep me in the loop on the important aspects of the upcoming multi-platform multiplayer shooter. One aspect that many gamers (including myself) worldwide are likely salivating over is the imminent Battlefield 3 beta launch next week. Specifically, the Battlefield 3 beta will be available for download starting September 29th, 2011 for the general public and the 27th for those who pre-ordered or purchased the Limited/Tier 1 edition of Medal Of Honor.

The beta will be available on all major platforms, including PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. In order to play the beta on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the game will show up automatically in the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network respectively. On the PC side of things, gamers will need to download EA’s Origin client first, and then download the Battlefield 3 beta from the free games section of the Origin client.

The open beta will last until October 10th, and until then there are no caps or time limits regarding how far you can rank up or how often you can play. The map in question will be the “Op: Metro” map from the Alpha. Unfortunately, any ranks or stats you gain from the beta will not carry over into the final game.

While many gamers will be playing the beta on Xbox 360 and PS3, there will likely be a good number of gamers who will play it on the PC for the PC experience. During the EuroGamer expo, DICE General Manager Karl Magnusson spoke to NVIDIA, and stated that 1.5 million copies of Battlefield 3 had been pre-ordered and that DICE was happy to be back on the PC. Further, he stated that they are enjoying the feedback from gamers and whether it is the visuals, audio, or game play that they are enjoying, “all the feedback we get is really freakin’ cool.”

The minimum (and recommended) system requirements for the PC are as follows: 

  Minimum Recommended
OS Windows Vista SP2 32 bit Windows 7 64 bit
Processor 2 GHz dual core  quad core
Memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard Drive 20 GB 20 GB
Graphics (GPU) DirectX 10 with 512mb RAM DirectX 11 with 1GB RAM
Sound DirectX compatible DirectX compatible
Peripherals Keyboard, mouse, DVD-ROM Keyboard, mouse, DVD-ROM

 

Have you been following the development of Battlefield 3 and are you looking forward to the open beta? Let us know in the comments.

Source: EA
September 23, 2011 | 08:48 PM - Posted by chris

BF3 Beta FAQ states:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ATHLON X2 2.7 GHZ)
MEMORY: 2 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

Recommended System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU
MEMORY: 4 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

September 23, 2011 | 11:30 PM - Posted by Nilbog

^Why did you post whats already in the article?

Stupid question, where can i get in on the open beta for Xbox? Or do i need to have the fancy edition of that crappy game to even play the beta on Xbox?

Oh and to answer the question in the article, HELL YEAH I'M EXCITED FOR BF3. The superior FPS without a doubt, oh and they updated the engine, what a concept.

September 25, 2011 | 03:27 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

As far as I know, you need to have pre-ordered it or bought the limited edition of Medal Of Honor. I'm not sure what that entails; however, because I never saw any paper/flyer for a beta code when I bought my copy of MoH. Oh well, I got it during a clearance sale so I can't complain much :P

September 25, 2011 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

PS I'm not sure if the pre-order method needed to be through someone specific like Gamestop (shudder lol) or if you could have grabbed a beta key by pre-ordering it anywhere.. At least the open beta is not far away!

September 24, 2011 | 12:43 PM - Posted by absolutkfx (not verified)

They should have a MAX system requirements for games because I always found recommended settings not quite close to what the best the game can be.

September 25, 2011 | 03:29 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Indeed, I can't recall who said it but someone from DICE was quoted as saying that the recommended system requirements would only be good enough to run medium settings >.> We'll have to wait and see if that is true though as I don't have early access to the final code :P

September 25, 2011 | 05:48 PM - Posted by 3dfxrain (not verified)

Keen as usual.

September 27, 2011 | 10:30 AM - Posted by Red (not verified)

I was looking forward to this game, but since I learned that Origin is a requirement and that this piece of Spyware scanns my coplete HD
I sadly had to cancle my preorder. They can scann running processes to find out cheaters, np, but scanning the rest of the PC is just a step to far.

What do u guys think about Origin??

For me this is a no go, no matter how good the game is!

Sad but true...

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