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Bungie has opened up the Destiny beta to everyone

So we know that the Destiny beta is live on both the Xbox and PlayStation platforms, so for gamers who have pre-ordered the game, you guys should be able to enjoy the beta as we speak. However if you have not purchased the game and want to get in on the beta action, well you’re in luck because Bungie has recently announced that they are opening the beta to the public. According to Bungie’s blog, “Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play Destiny, look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon.”

Last week, Bungie and Activision unveiled a beta version of their upcoming online shooter game Destiny, which first launched on PS3 and PS4 consoles. Xbox 360 and Xbox One players had to wait until yesterday to join in. Beta access for users across all consoles had a catch: It required a Destiny pre-order (or luckily snagging a beta download code via social media). That changed on Thursday when Bungie opened the game’s beta doors open to all console players, so long as they were subscribed to their system’s paid subscription service (Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus). The announcement came barely an hour ahead of the game’s doors being swung wide open, telling players they merely needed to log into their consoles’ normal download stores to find their free beta download. The launch comes on the heels of a limited alpha test in June. From our brief experience, the beta contains a more expansive world to explore, a better introductory sequence, and more stable online play—along with a chance for players to compare performance between older and newer console generations. (Our time with the PS3 version, for example, handled surprisingly well, in spite of a remarkably lower screen resolution, fewer foliage/skybox details, and smudgy anti-aliasing methods.)


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