Battlefield 3 BETA


Battlefield 3 BETA

After long await the Battlefield 3 public beta is now ready; to be released on September 29th.

The beta will debut on all three platforms, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, on the 29th September. It will contain one map, operation Metro, apparently featuring a different layout to alpha and currently released gameplay footage.

Here are the basic facts:

  • The beta will run from September 29 to October 10.
  • There is no rank/level limit on the beta and no limit to how much you can unlock during the beta period (none of your unlocks will carry through to the full game).
  • The single map, Operation Metro (updated version) will be playable, only in Rush mode.
  • The beta is limited to 32 players on PC, 24 on console.
  • Beta download will be ~3 GB.
  • The 'netcode' has been re-written from the alpha trial.
  • EA Origin pre-orders (before sept 25th) and Medal of Honor owners get access to the beta 48h earlier, on Sep 27. As long as you have played the MoH you should get early access, regardless of whether you still own the disc.
  • Origin is required to play the beta on PC.
  • We will get to try out Battlelog - but don't bet on all the features being there or your stats carrying into the final game.
  • Not all graphics features will be in the Beta. I expect we won't see the full destruction and perhaps DirectX11.

The PC specs are surprisingly low for such a beautiful game:

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: windows vista (service pack 2) 32-bit
  • Processor: 2 GHz dual core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon 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

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

It's unclear if these are the final game specs, but infamous DICE troll Daniel Matros AKA 'zh1nt0' (twitter) has said that these will be.

Even if you're not into video games the beta, being free, is definitely worth checking out; just to see how awesome it looks.

Battlefield 3 BETA