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Call of Duty • Sep 12, 2019

Modern Warfare beta: How to play, start date and time, codes

Modern Warfare beta: How to play, start date and time, codes

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare public beta is dropping on PS4, Xbox One and PC throughout the month of September. Here's everything you need to know, including how to get your code and when you can play.


We've already had an alpha for Modern Warfare, but it was limited to the 2v2 Gunfight mode, which didn't give players a true overview of what to expect in the full game.

Thankfully, the beta is following shortly after, so we don't have to wait long to see and play multiplayer in its full form - although not it's final form, as it's still technically in development.

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


When does the Modern Warfare beta start?

When you can start playing the beta will depend on your platform, as the PS4, like every Call of Duty game this generation, will get access earlier.

If you have pre-ordered, you will get early access for the PS4 Exclusive Beta starting on September 12, before opening up to all PS4 players on September 14, and will run until the 16th. If you're not a PS4 owner, you'll have to wait an extra week.

The second beta weekend kicks off on September 19 for those who pre-order, the 21st for everyone else, and runs until the 23rd, and it will be open to 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

As for exact start times, this hasn't been officially confirmed, but we predict, based on past betas, it will be 10AM PT / 1PM EST / 6PM BST. There is a chance they set the servers live early too.


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.

Obviously the PS4-exclusive beta won't have cross-play, but we do have confirmation the second beta weekend, which will be open for all platforms, will indeed feature the cross-platform system.

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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, has been confirmed.

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

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The action kicks off on September 12.


How to play Modern Warfare beta?

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.

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 launchers on PS4, Xbox One, and PC respectively.

If you'd like a chance to win a code, check out our giveaway.

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.

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