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Destiny 2 PC beta guide: from loot to class advice to walkthroughs - we have it all

Joining the Destiny 2 PC beta? We can help you out.

The Destiny 2 PC beta kicks off shortly, and we're excited to see fresh-faced Guardians join the fight.

Whether you're a returning player, a long-lapsed Guardian or brand new meat, the open beta has something to offer you - even if it's only a chance to complain about the PvE balance, the connection errors, the glitches, and the Hunter's class skill. Don't worry, you'll know all about that in a few hours, and can add your voice to the chorus.

At the end of the day, a beta's a beta: it's here to test the network infrastructure and secure pre-orders, not sell you on the finished game or even give you an accurate impression of how it will play. You're not guaranteed to have a good time - or are you? That's where we come in, with a stack of resources designed to help you make the most of the Destiny 2 open beta. Behold!


Setup and tech issues

Since PC gaming can be a little more complicated than the plug-and-play world of consoles, we've got a small selection of links of specific interest to current beta testers. Here you'll find everything from system requirements to menu guides to whatever horrible technical issues we inevitably stumble across; it's a beta, after all.

  • Destiny 2 PC beta settings menu
    Goodness me, it looks like Bungie and Vicarious Visions have done right by the PC crowd on this fist attempt at bringing their shared-worlds shooter over. Look at all thew things you can fiddle with!



The opening mission of the Destiny 2 open beta does a fair job of introducing the basic concepts and gives you a good chance to poke around the menus and figure things out for yourself, so we're not going to tell you the controls and advise you to, for example, push the left stick to walk. What we will do is line up a stack of information that might not be immediately apparent, so when you have questions, you can find what you want to know.

  • Which class is right for you?
    So you're staring at the open beta start screen like "who are these people and what are they doing on leg day, holy noodles, look at those quads". Yeah, we feel you. Here's a run down of class and subclass so you know what you're getting into.
  • Tips for using every super effectively
    Now that you're in game and your super bar has finally - finally! - charged up, you press the shoulder buttons and - and what? Did you hit anything? Is that what's supposed to happen? How do you make it go? Well, wonder no more.
  • Homecoming mission walkthrough
    The open beta starts with a story mission - you can't skip it and you can't repeat it unless you roll a new character. Better get it over with - and get a sweet new Exotic weapon while you're at it. Don't let those damn turbines worry you any more.
  • How to blast through the Inverted Spire strike
    If you're more the PvE type, you'll spend most of your time in this strike rather than the Crucible. It's not as baffling as it seems at first; let us explain the mechanics and how to whip the boss good.
  • All Exotics, weapons and armour in the Destiny 2 beta
    There's no progression in the open beta but you can gather loot - which, frankly, has always been the point of Destiny. Take a look at what's on offer for each of the three classes, maybe pick out which armour set and perks you'd like.
  • How and where to get the best loot
    Now that you know what loot is available, you'll want to know how to get it. These pro strats will fill your pockets in no time. Get hold of that armour that lets you move a bit quicker, that's our pick.

If you're looking for more Destiny 2 open beta coverage we absolutely have you covered. Is there anything we're missing? Do you have questions we haven't answered? Simply let us know. We live to serve.

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