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How to play Modern Warfare beta on PS4, Xbox One and PC

by Eli Becht

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The second weekend of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta is finally upon us, allowing players on all platforms to jump into the action. Here's everything you need to know, from codes, start times, and cross-platform play.

We've already had an alpha and the first weekend of beta for PS4 players only, leaving PC and Xbox One players green with envy.

Thankfully, the beta is now available for everyone, meaning players on each platform can get a full experience of the multiplayer, with a variety of modes.

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Here's what you need to know about the Modern Warfare betas.


When does the Modern Warfare beta start?

Although it is available on all platforms, the beta is still limited to players with pre-orders for the first two days, Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20.

If you don't feel like preordering and can't get a code though, don't panic, as the beta will be open to everyone, even without a preorder, on September 21-23, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC players.

Modern Warfare beta dates - PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • PS4 Early Access (pre-order players only): September 12-13
  • PS4 Open Beta: September 14-16
  • PC, Xbox One pre-order beta, PS4 open beta: September 19-20
  • PC, Xbox One, PS4 open beta: September 21-23

Modern Warfare beta start times

The private beta (for preorders) will start at 10AM PT / 1PM EST / 6PM BST, then on Saturday 21, the open beta will begin at 10AM PT / 1PM EST / 6PM BST.


Can you play Cross-Platform in the beta?

One of the biggest demands for many players leading up to the release is cross-play, allowing players from multiple platforms to compete alongside or against each other.

The big news is it'll be completely cross-play with PS4, Xbox One, and PC, making it the first Call of Duty title in the series to do so.

If you're not sure how this works, check out our full Modern Warfare cross-play guide here.

Infinity Ward
Infinity Ward
Modern Warfare is bringing out the cross-play for the second beta.


Modern Warfare beta modes?

The alpha only featured the 2v2 Gunfight mode but the full beta will have a lot more content and modes to be played.

The popular Ground War playlist, which is set to hold up to 100 players per match, will be in for the second weekend of the beta, but so far only 32v32 has been confirmed.

The new Gunbench feature where players can customize their weapons is also be available here for players to try out.

Infinity Ward
Infinity Ward
The action kicks off on September 12.


How to get a beta code?

The first few days of the Modern Warfare beta will be exclusive to those who have received a code for pre-ordering the game. If you don't have one, you can enter our code giveaway here.

You can redeem your code on the Beta website.

However, if you're patient, you won't have to do any extra work to play in the betas. Anyone who pre-orders will get earlier access but it will eventually become open to anyone, entirely for free.

When the beta is open, you will be able to download it from the PSN Store, Xbox Store, and Battle.net launchers on PS4, Xbox One, and PC respectively.

When does Modern Warfare release?

If you liked what you saw in the alpha and beta weekends, then you might be interested in knowing when you're able to get your hands on the full release.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to release on October 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Last updated September 19, 12:45 EST.