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Destiny 2 beta release times and preload details: Everything you need to know

The long-awaited and much-hyped Destiny 2 beta is right around the corner. PS4 gamers will get to try out Bungie’s next juggernaut first (pending they’ve pre-ordered), followed by Xbox One players a day later. It’ll then open for all players two days later.

So when can you expect to jump into the Destiny 2 beta, and what can players expect to see?

Start Time and End Time

PS4 gamers that pre-ordered the game will be able to jump online from 10am PDT on July 18. That’s 3am Sydney time on July 19.

Xbox One gamers that pre-order the game will be able to jump in from 10am PDT (3am AEST) on July 20.

All other console gamers will be able to download and play from the beta from 3am AEST on July 22.

The beta is expected to come to a close at around 10am PDT on July 23.

A PC beta for Destiny 2 isn’t expected until August, possibly after Gamescom.


Pre-loading for the Destiny 2 was made available last week, meaning if you pre-ordered the game you’ll be able to download it right now on your console. If you have opted to hold off on the pre-order, you can download the beta when it actually launches into open beta on July 23.

There’s a few steps you need to follow in order to pre-load the Destiny 2 beta.

  1. Visit and create an account or sign into an account that is linked to your PSN or Xbox Live account.
  2. At, enter the beta code you were given upon pre-ordering.
  3. Select your console of choice
  4. On your chosen console, download the beta

The beta requires 15 GB of space on PS4, while Xbox One gamers will need 12.8 GB.

What’s In The Beta?

The Destiny 2 beta will give you access to the new subclasses, including:

  • Dawnblade Warlock
  • Arcstrider Hunter
  • Sentinel Titan

The beta will allow you to play through the opening mission of the campaign, while also offeirng up a cooperative Strike, as well as two PVP game modes in Control and Countdown.

The Farm, Destiny 2‘s new social space, will open up on the final 24 hours of the beta.

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