Battlefield 2042 isn’t expected for a few weeks, but if you’ve been looking forward to today’s return to the fields as much as I am, you’re probably looking forward to entering the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta as soon as possible. as possible. The beta is already underway, sort of – if you pre-order or pay monthly for EA Play, you already have access to the beta. The rest of us still have to wait a few more days.
Below, I’ll cover how to tell if you’re already in the Battlefield 2042 beta, how to request access when you’re eligible, and when the beta opens for everyone.
Battlefield 2042 beta start time and dates
Battlefield 2042 beta officially kicked off today, October 6 at 12:00 a.m. PDT or 7:00 a.m. UTC on all platforms (PC, Xbox Series S / X, PS5, PS4, Xbox One). But as I mentioned, there is a catch. Beta runs from October 6 to October 9.
How to enter the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta
The Battlefield 2042 beta is split into two access periods. During the first two days of the beta (10/6 and 10/7), only those who have pre-ordered Battlefield 2042 or have a current EA Play subscription can play. The next two days of the beta period (10/8 and 10/9) will be open to everyone.
It should be noted that you may already have early access to the beta of Battlefield 2042 and not know it. If you are a Game Pass subscriber, you also have an included subscription to EA Play, which qualifies you for the beta. If you’ve set up your EA Play subscription correctly, you should be able to launch the beta through Origin without any issues.
How to download the Battlefield 2042 beta on Steam
If you’ve pre-ordered Battlefield 2042 on Steam and want to download the beta, accessing is pretty straightforward. This is in part because EA uses the recently added Steam Game Testing feature that makes it easy for anyone to sign up to test game releases. Here is the step by step:
- Head to the Battlefield 2042 Steam Page
- Scroll down until you reach the list of editions
- Under Standard, Gold and Ultimate Editions, find the Open Beta
- Press the “Request Access” button to register for the beta
Once you’ve signed up, you should receive instant access to download the beta and get started. You’ll be allowed to download the game and even launch it, but you won’t be able to play until 10/8 unless you’ve pre-ordered the game or subscribed to EA Play.
How to download the Battlefield 2042 beta on Origin
The Battlefield 2042 beta download process is a bit different on the Origin app. If you pre-ordered the game through Origin and not Steam, the Origin app is the only place you can claim your early beta access. Here’s how to find it:
- Go to the Store tab of the Origin app and find the Battlefield 2042 page
- Under the pre-order button, locate and click on the “Try it first” option
- This will direct you to the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta download, but it won’t be accessible until 10/8 unless you’ve pre-ordered the game.
How to download the Battlefield 2042 beta on Epic
If you pre-ordered the game from Epic’s store, then you’ll need to unlock beta access through the Epic app. The process is similar to Steam and Origin, but the corresponding buttons are in different places. Here’s where to find them:
- Navigate to the Battlefield 2042 Epic Games Store Page
- Scroll down to the Edits section of the page (shouldn’t be too far if you haven’t expanded the “Show more” button)
- The very first Alternate Edition is expected to be the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta, click “Join Now”
You can download the beta immediately, but you won’t be able to play until 10/8 unless you’ve pre-ordered or linked your EA Play subscription.
Battlefield 2042 beta download size
Even though the full version of Battlefield 2042 will apparently require around 100GB of disk space, the size of the open beta is just as reasonable. We’ve listed the download sizes below for each platform, with a noticeable (if slight) difference for the Steam version.
- Steam – 19.1 GB
- Original – 18.8 GB
- Epic – 18.8 GB