Go time: Battlefield 3 beta opens on 360, PS3 and PC

Thursday, 29th September 2011 10:27 GMT By Patrick Garratt

This is it, soldier. No more deals, promos and pre-buys. The Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta has gone completely open on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

The Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta has now gone live on all platforms: it’s available to download and play on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

PC players will need to download the client through Origin, but the EA service has apparently been crippled by demand: the store is having difficulty loading, and we’re finding it impossible to download the client.

EA has confirmed the test is live globally and has handed out tips for success on Métro.

A closed version of the beta has been running since Tuesday for those that pre-ordered the PC version through Origin or bought into a Medal of Honor promotion last year.

What to expect? You’ll get one map, Paris Métro, and one game mode in Rush. DICE also put the much-wanted Caspian Border level live in the closed PC beta last night, but access was extremely limited: don’t bank on getting a proper look-in on this before the full-game ships.

We’ve been following the beta all week. On Tuesday, Johnny put up some first impressions of Métro alongside some initial defending footage and screens, and we followed that yesterday with a more in-depth look at attacking and defending play.

Here’s some new footage of attacking play for you, a longer version of the edits we put live yesterday.

And here are all the other movies we’ve shot so far.

Battlefield 3 launches on October 25 in the US and October 28 in the UK for PS3, 360 and PC.



  1. Yoshi

    Anyone know what time it will become available?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Tech-N9ne

    Downloading for the 360 right now……. Gonna be a long day. :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    Just tried downloading the 360 version and it asked me to pay 4.3 billion Microsoft points.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Hell-Raiser-85

    Its live on EU PSN store. Downloading now its 1173mb.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    It’s live on 360 now.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    According to this, still gotta wait for PC :/

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Fin

    Left my Xbox on at home so I could queue it up, but it doesn’t seem to be on the marketplace. Hrrmmm!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. GrimRita

    Yeah PC players have to wait. EA cant blame Steam or anyone else on this!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    Microsoft’s just said the 360 beta won’t go live until this afternoon. It may not be playable when you get it down.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Fin

    Heh, I’ve just noticed the 4.3 billion. 2^32!
    Luv binary.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. bakum4tsu

    In 360, the beta is in the demo section. Just Look for B and it’s there. I’m getting it right now.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. KAP

    Yea its live on PSN, you’ll have to search for it though, damn SCEE

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    Just played a round on 360. It’s open.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    You’re running too much. It opens you to attacks and takes up too much time to get your ready. Also, you never seem to look back.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll stop running. From what I can see, it’s largely about “hiding”.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    I reckon there’s going to be a lot of people playing the 360 version later on. My GT’s patlike, if anyone fancies shooting me in the face. Matt from GamesIndustry’s going to get involved from about 8-ish pm UK time.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Fin


    I might hit you up for that – Matt M or Matt H?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. kool_g_rap

    Yo, this is Matt from My gamertag’s “mm spitz” if you want to fly a plane into my cock, or whatever.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. viralshag

    A chance to game with Pat? That’ll be good, good for getting a leg up on my K/D ration anyway. ;)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    Matt from GI, ladies and gents. *applause*

    I up for all the shooting later. Add me up.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. GrimRita

    Beta for PC gamers is now *finally* on Origin to download

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    Where is it? Do you search for it?

    #22 3 years ago
  23. GrimRita

    Yeah its on the free games section.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Patrick Garratt

    Found it. Can’t download it, though. Looks as though it’s properly slammed.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. GrimRita

    LOL probably. Its only just gone live (1pm GMT). So everyone will be after it. Im getting just over 1.2 meg a second which isnt bad for talktalk broadband lol

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    Downloaded mine about an hour ago, worked fine. Had in it about 15 minutes.

    Game’s already live and running.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    Looks as though Origin’s having a bit of a fanny. Can’t even get it to load the store now.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. thesamy

    i cant load the store too origin is the only way to download the beta?

    #28 3 years ago
  29. GrimRita

    Probably due to traffic and yes, its the only place to get it from. Consumer 0-4 Shafted by Origin

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Maximum Payne

    Yea that is because origin have 4-5 visitors for day and now well its 4-5 thousand in hour :P

    #30 3 years ago
  31. viralshag

    I’m just going to weigh in with my usual naysayer commentary, it’s not unuasual for STEAM to tell me a game is “currently unavailable for download at this time” with certain big releases. It’s happened a few time.

    So there. :P

    #31 3 years ago
  32. El_MUERkO

    Can anyone who manages to load the origin store please C&P a download link?

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Maximum Payne

    @32 haha when I start origin it says:Servers are down you are going to be in offline mode :D

    #33 3 years ago
  34. El_MUERkO

    Used a VPN to connect to the US, EA Store works fine, I guess they have different download servers for different geographical regions and don’t load balance.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Patrick Garratt

    Added in a bit about Origin “struggling”.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. GrimRita

    The Metro maps arent popular at all but the Caspian ones are all full. SOme of the issues that were in Alpha are still here and the controls are still a pain in the fucking arse.

    The browser system is still crap as well. Search isnt working properly and you cant join games when the map is changing, which can take as long as as downloading the beta can.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Patrick Garratt

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Len

    Played Caspian Border loads yesterday, ’tis incredible and was actually relatively easy to get on regularly.

    Proper bf and quite overwhelmingly (in a good sense). What a game… :)

    #38 3 years ago
  39. CyberMarco

    Finally I’m downloading it NOW! XD

    #39 3 years ago
  40. ManuOtaku

    Guys would you tell me how long did it take you downloading this beta?, right now iam doing it and already has pass half and hour and only show a 2%, at this rate it will take the entire day T_T

    #40 3 years ago
  41. GrimRita

    It took me around 40 minutes. But bare in mind that the demand has increased now. Cant believe with a month to go, its still shabby. And I hate how you cant change the options unless you’re deployed IN battle.

    Nice work DICE

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Fin


    Yeah, it’s fairly ridiculous not being able to change loadouts and such from a menu (though maybe that’ll be the greyed-out “My Soldier” on the main menu?).
    The auto-join of new games does my head in too. I need to start a new game so I can quit? Fuck off.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. GrimRita

    No thought has gone into the design of this in terms of menus and how you access them. A truely DREADFUL experience. Everytime you leave a game, you have to quit. Then it opens a new Battlelog when you want to start up again, because you have to

    Why on earth its too difficult for them to allow us to open an option menu without the need to be DEPLOYED and taking fire is beyond me. But the muppets at Eurogamer will probably give this a 10/10 and I wonder why….

    #43 3 years ago
  44. Ireland Michael

    @43 You don’t have to play it.

    I am surprised that they still don’t allow you to quit out unless you’re in a match though. There’s one design choice I’ve never understood.

    #44 3 years ago

    I’m downloading this on PS3.

    Right now.

    It’s taking ages.

    Based on almost all of the feedback so far (apart from Pat’s swooning over a falling tree), I’m not expecting much…

    #45 3 years ago
  46. GrimRita

    @44 what you mean is – I dont have to BUY it and I wont be. If this is the future of EA gaming with this browser based functionality, they can stick it where the sun dont shine because right now, its a mess.

    #46 3 years ago
  47. Fin


    Woah woah woah, did you just complain about someone complaining?

    Pot, kettle, black, etc.

    #47 3 years ago
  48. GrimRita

    Spawning and lens flare is another issue. My god. What are DICE trying to do? If someone spawns on you, it can push you out into the line of fire if you are behind something and I had no idea that the sun shines in ALL directions so recons lens glare in the sunlight..please! LOL

    #48 3 years ago
  49. Virginityrocks

    People said the same thing about Steam…you know… Now look… Everyone loves it.

    #49 3 years ago
  50. HeavyD-Love

    So far a bit underwhelmed by the 360 version. Almost wanna say Crysis 2 looked and played better…..but i know it’s just a beta..

    Downloading PC version now. Waiting for PSN to come back up, i’m assuming it’ll be live at that point.

    (day off work today……playing Gears 3, RE4, and B3 beta :))

    #50 3 years ago
  51. viralshag

    @47, Someone is trying to steal your title as best complainer about complaints :P

    Only messing. :)

    #51 3 years ago
  52. Fin


    #52 3 years ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    Anyone spotted any bullet proof leaves in any of these maps yet?

    I figured it’s an important thing to look out. It could ruin the whole game!

    #53 3 years ago
  54. GrimRita

    @51 excuse me. that will be my award this year so Fin, please keep your thoughts to just two posts a week :-p

    No bullet proof leaves for a change but still some issues surrounding the rocks. Despite my boots looking like a size 7, they must have an invisible 5 inches or so because trying to get close to some rocks is still impossible.

    For a game that has a month until release, shall we place our bets on the size of the first day patch? I’m going to start by saying 1.5Gb

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Shonak

    Beta is disappointing on a technical level, but gameplay is kinda nice – although far from perfect. Well, whatsoever. Pre-Order cancelled, I guess I wait a couple of months before I buy it. EA/DICE didn’t do themselves a favor with this beta, that’s for sure, a true bugmonster that BF3.

    #55 3 years ago
  56. manamana

    So far, so good. I find it a little fast paced, though. And definitely a lot of lonewolfs out there, got to play it with friends. A little bit underwhelmed about animations and textures of players, I must admit but its still beta.
    Going prone is great and they changed the charge settings/defusing to the better imo.

    #56 3 years ago
  57. manamana

    Oh and I definitely hit multiple guys with 870 in the face, got killed and health on them: 100% ….

    #57 3 years ago
  58. manamana

    @54 well then: don’t buy it?

    #58 3 years ago
  59. GrimRita

    @58 I am not.

    #59 3 years ago
  60. viralshag

    @59, I bet you do.

    #60 3 years ago
  61. Uncontested

    Doesn’t feel like Battlefield 3, Feels like Battlefield: Bad Company 2.5

    #61 3 years ago
  62. DarkElfa

    Wow, it’s becoming hackville on day one in there.

    #62 3 years ago
  63. HauntaVirus

    Canceled pre-order.

    #63 3 years ago

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