Everything you need to know about the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 13 September 2019 12:54 GMT

The first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta weekend has kicked off on PS4, and we’ve got all the details.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is hosting two beta weekends for players on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The beta will be a significant upgrade over the 2v2 Gunfight alpha in terms of content.

This will also be a more recent build of the game, so many of the issues players ran into in the alpha have been fixed. By the same token, you can expect a more robust settings menu, louder enemy footsteps, and more customisation options for players using mouse and keyboard on consoles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta schedule

The schedule for the Modern Warfare beta is a bit convoluted, thanks to PS4 exclusivity and the fact some days are available for all players while others are limited to those with pre-orders. That said, we’ve broken it down into an easy-to-understand format.

Each beta weekend is split into two portions: one exclusive to players who pre-ordered the full game, followed by another open to all for the rest of that weekend.

First weekend (PS4 exclusive)

The entirety of the first weekend is only available on PS4. The first segment takes place on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 – available only to players who pre-ordered the game.

Then, on Saturday, September 14 the beta goes open on PS4 until it wraps up on Monday, September 16.

Here’s when the action starts:

  • PS4 pre-order-only: Thursday at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm BST, 7pm CEST.
  • PS4 open beta: Saturday at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm BST, 7pm CEST.

Second weekend

The following weekend is when things get interesting. Not only will the beta be expanded to include PC and Xbox One players, PS4 players will also get another chance to play the beta.

Like the first weekend, the second test is also split into two legs. The first takes place on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 – available only to pre-order players on PC and Xbox One, and to everyone on PS4.

On Saturday, September 21 the beta opens up to players on all three platforms, regardless of pre-orders. The whole thing ends on Monday, September 23.

Here’s when the action starts:

  • PC/Xbox One pre-order-only and PS4 open: Thursday at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm BST, 7pm CEST.
  • All platforms open beta: Saturday at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm BST, 7pm CEST.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta pre-load

The Modern Warfare beta client is available now to pre-load on PS4 for the first weekend, but only for those who already redeemed their beta tokens, or have pre-ordered the game digitally on PSN.

You can check the store listings for yourself here: US PSN/UK PSN.

How to get a code for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta

As previously explained, the Modern Warfare beta’s first two days of each weekend are exclusive to players who pre-ordered the full game. If your pre-order was made at retail, you should already have a code which you’ll need to redeem on the official Call of Duty site.

You’ll need to create an account if you don’t have one, and hit Redeem Code. You’ll then have to wait for the site to email you your platform’s actual beta code, which you can then redeem on the PlayStation Store/Xbox Store/Battle.net.

If your email doesn’t show up, visit the beta FAQ page and hit ‘Check My Beta Status’. Doing that should take you to another page where your code will be shown.

Keep in mind, the code you receive from your retailer is not your beta code, this is a token code that only works on the Call of Duty website.

You can also get the same code from online giveaways, such the one we ran for subscribing to the VG247 newsletter (now over). Failing all that, you can just wait for Saturday of each weekend when the beta goes open.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta download size

The Modern Warfare beta pre-load is in at 42GB on PS4, despite the store only saying 28GB.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta PS Plus/Xbox Live Gold

The Modern Warfare beta does not require an active PlayStation Plus subscription, except in Germany. This goes for all weekends running on PS4.

On Xbox One, however, you’re going to need a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription regardless of whether you’re playing the early access or open beta.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta PC drivers

Nvidia has released a new set of Geforce drivers designed for the Modern Warfare beta. Make sure to download and install them if you have an Nvidia GPU.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta content

The Modern Warfare beta offers significantly more content compared to the alpha. For starters, the 2v2 Gunfight mode will itself be part of the beta, alongside the more traditional 6v6 modes.

To make things interesting, Infinity Ward will be changing up the available modes throughout the beta. For day one, we have 6v6 on Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard and Grazna Raid. Day one also includes 10v10 on Grazna Raid. TDM, Domination and Headquarters are all available, but outside of the dedicated Headquarters playlist, you won’t know what you’re getting into before the match starts.

Day one had a level cap of just ten, but you’ll be able to level up all weapons and unlock their various attachments as you play. On day three, the level cap was raised to level 20.

Since the beta started, the mini map has been enabled, you can now choose modes in Quick Play, new map modes have been added, and the featured playlist includes Cyber Attack and nighttime maps of Azhir Cave and Hackney Yard.

Bigger game modes have been confirmed for the beta, so expect these to roll out over the course of the remaining days.

Many of Modern Warfare’s new mechanics and features will be there as well, including the Gunsmith weapon customisation tool, a few different operators per faction, some killstreaks, field upgrades and perks. Some maps will also feature the immersive nighttime NVGs gameplay.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta cross-play

Because the second Modern Warfare beta will be available on all platforms, cross-play will be enabled for everyone on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Cross-play allows players on all three platforms to party up together, and face each other in matchmaking.

Matchmaking is decided based on input method. So if you’re playing with a controller – regardless of your platform – you’ll be matched with others who also use a controller. This also means mouse and keyboard players on consoles will be matched with PC players using the same control method.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare alpha to beta upgrade

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to update your existing Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight alpha download to turn it into the beta client. The two are completely separate, so you may as well remove the alpha from your system to save up some space.

We’ll update this story with more details throughout the week, so keep checking back.

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