Play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta for Free If You Own Previous Games

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta is underway for Xbox One and PC users from 12:30pm IST on August 26 to 12:30pm IST on August 31. While Xbox One owners have had a few hiccups what with codes not redeeming, it seems that PC gamers are in for a pleasant surprise.

According to VG247, you own Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Steam, you already have access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta on PC. All you have to do is check the Games section of your Steam client.

(Also see: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Release Date, Minimum PC Specifications Revealed)

And if you purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for PC on Steam, you can download the beta from the Games section as well.

Much like the PlayStation 4 beta that saw it open on the final two days to everyone on Sony’s console regardless of pre-ordering the game or not, you can safely expect the same for Xbox One and PC owners. The multiplayer beta for PS4 owners took place last week and was met with an overwhelming response. Whether the beta will extend past its August 31 date remains to be seen.

If you plan to take part in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta, be prepared to download around 15GB of data on your PC or Xbox One. And be prepared for performance that doesn’t seem too stellar if early impressions from NeoGAF are anything to go by.

Xbox One Preview Program Invites to Become Scarce

The Xbox One Preview Program is one of the console’s bigger draws. It lets you check out features before they’re out for the general public such as game streaming and backward compatibility. Now, getting into the Xbox One Preview Program just got a whole lot tougher. Microsoft has stated that it will be reducing the number of invites sent for this invite-only program as it is now reaching maximum capacity.

“Due to a tremendous response from our fans, the Xbox Preview program has reached a near-capacity level With that in mind, we are slowing the number of new people we are accepting to optimise for testing,” a Microsoft representative said in the Preview Program’s forums. “We are thankful for the amount of interest we’ve received to date and look forward to sharing more details on preview opportunities soon.”

(Also see: Microsoft’s E3 2015 Conference: The Xbox One is Now a PC, HoloLens, and Yes, Games)

It’s no surprise that the program has seen a tremendous amount of popularity. At E3 2015, Microsoft announced that backwards compatibility will be coming to the console and at Gamescom 2015, it announced that it will show up in November. The only way Xbox One owners can play Xbox 360 games on their new console is if they’re a part of the Preview Program.

(Also see: The Good and Bad of Microsoft’s Gamescom 2015 Event)

With Sony announcing its attempts at getting a rabid user base to check out firmware and features before they hit, and PC digital download client Steam being a pioneer in the space, how Microsoft manages to address the burgeoning number of fans who want early access, remains to be seen.

PS4 Exclusive Until Dawn Not Working for PSN Buyers

Until Dawn, Sony’s exclusive horror game, has hit digital and physical store shelves the world over. However those who have pre-ordered the game through the PlayStation Network are still unable to play it.

Posts on Reddit and Sony’s official community page claim that the game can be downloaded but on launching, consumers are met with a message that says it has 128 days till it can be played.

(Also see: Sony Announces PS4 System Software Beta Program)

Sony’s support has posted a fix that involves restoring licences but that was met with a host of angry posts stating that it doesn’t do anything to rectify the issue.

With video game publishers adamant at pushing an all-digital future, situations like this do little to inspire confidence in consumers who buy into the idea of getting their content delivered to them via speedy Internet connections instead of purchasing a disc.

While services like Steam and GOG Galaxy on PC have almost perfected the art of delivering games digitally, it’s but obvious that Sony has a long way to go before it can even come close.

Nonetheless, both Sony and the developer, Supermassive Games are aware of the problem are trying to fix it at the earliest.