When is the Black Ops Cold War Beta? Early access, PS4, Xbox & PC dates - Dexerto
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When is the Black Ops Cold War Beta? Early access, PS4, Xbox & PC dates

Published: 8/Oct/2020 13:09

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta is here, giving players on PS4, Xbox One and PC the chance to get a full deep-dive into the multiplayer of the game before the November 13 release. Here’s everything you need to know to get access, and when the beta is going live.

The full multiplayer reveal for Black Ops Cold War may now be behind us, but we’ve still plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. The Treyarch title is set to feature the most customizable campaign experience yet and serve as a direct sequel to 2010’s Black Ops 1.

Moreover, the game will be running on a different engine to 2019’s Modern Warfare. Paving the way for 4K resolution and higher frame rates on next-gen hardware. Treyarch have also now confirmed that an FOV slider is coming to consoles for the first time ever in a CoD game.

The beta is the first chance for Treyarch to put all their new toys and tech into the wild, and make any final adjustments before launch.

What time is the Black Ops Cold War beta?

The beta is expected to go live on October 8, at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST, first for PS4 players with early access (through preorders). However, there’s a chance the developers set it live a little early, as a treat.

Then, it will roll out on other platforms over the next weekend:

Black Ops Cold War beta dates:

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4 Open, Xbox One + PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As mentioned above, those on PS4 who pre-order any of the digital versions will get first dibs before the beta opens up to all PlayStation users. The following week, Xbox and PC players will join their PlayStation counterparts for another closed session, after which the beta will be open for all platforms.

How to get access to Black Ops Cold War beta

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Black Ops Cold War is confirmed to be a direct sequel to Black Ops 1.

Getting early access to the BOCW beta is pretty simple: those who preorder the game will be able to jump in regardless of which version they purchased or which platform they choose to play on. This comes with a few caveats, however.

Only digital preorders will be able to access the early beta period; physical preorders will not be granted codes for bonus content. On top of that, PlayStation 4 users will be able to play before anyone else as the beta is set to go live nearly a week before the other platforms.

Following the pre-order exclusivity periods, the beta will become open to everyone, so if you can’t purchase the game beforehand, you’ll still have the opportunity to play it for a couple of days.

You can also try to get your hands on a code another way, which are sometimes shared around on social media, but there are no guarantees this way.

What’s in the Black Ops Cold War beta

Activision and Treyarch have already confirmed that the BOCW beta will be a considerably-expanded version of the PS4-exclusive alpha that was held in September.

Players will get to pick from different Operators, get full access to the weapon customization options offered in the Gunsmith, and play a variety of modes that include Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, VIP Escort, and Combined Arms – the latter two of which weren’t in the alpha.

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

BOCW is set to release on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions being available right when the next-gen consoles roll out.

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Best Fennec loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:15 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 16:31

by James Busby


The Fennec has now been out for a few months, but you’ll still need to equip the right attachments if you truly wish to master this lightening fast SMG. Here, we break down two of the strongest Fennec loadouts you can use.

The Vector, now known as the Fennec, has been a popular SMG ever since it first graced our screens back in Modern Warfare 2. Packed with a buttery smooth recoil pattern, excellent hip-fire, lightweight, and insanely fast rate of fire –  the Fennec is an absolute beast of a gun. In fact, this deadly machine gun is so lethal that it can tear through multiple enemies in just a blink of an eye. 

This zippy SMG hasn’t taken the crown away from the MP5, but the Fennec is still a popular choice. For many, this weapon is still a go-to, particularly in close-quarters where hyper-aggressive play is rewarded. In order to help you get the most out of the Fennec, we’ve put together two loadouts that you can use to dominate the competition in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Best Fennec loadout for Warzone

Infinity Ward/DexertoBoost the Fennec’s damage range with this deadly loadout.
  • ZLR18” Deadfall 
  • Merc Foregrip
  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • Sleight of Hand
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

While Warzone’s large scale map may favor long to medium range engagements, you’ll still want to equip a weapon that can give you the edge in those close-quarter firefights. This loadout increases the Fennec’s hip fire, while also giving it a little extra range for when you need that added distance. 

First up is the ZLR18” Deadfall. This attachment not only drastically increases your effective damage range, it also ups your recoil control and bullet velocity, helping with the precision it needs when going for those all-important body shots and headshots. While this attachment increases your ADS speed, we think this loss is worth it, especially when you consider how woeful the Fennec’s mid-range damage is. 

The next two attachments are the Merc Foregrip and Stippled Grip Tape, along with the Sleight of Hand perk. Not only will these additions keep the Fennec stable while aiming and hip firing, they will also increase the ADS & sprint to fire speed, improving your reload speed and giving you even greater control when you need to react quickly.

Taking down fully armored players in Warzone can often prove frustrating, but the 40 Round Drum Mags will give you more than enough bullets to shred through many an armored enemy. This attachment is a must for those that want to secure those game-winning squad wipes.

Best Fennec loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

Infinity Ward/DexertoThis loadout absolutely obliterates players in close-quarter firefights.
  • ZLR 18″ Deadfall
  • Tac Laser
  • No Stock
  • Merc Foregrip
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

This build is all about melting your opponents in close-quarters combat. The Tac Laser drastically lowers the Fennec’s ADS speed and increases overall stability, while also allowing you to maintain a steady walk while aiming. 

Being able to quickly take care of enemy threats without needing to ADS is a godsend, particularly on smaller maps like Shipment and Rust, where you’ll constantly find yourself running into enemy players. 

Lastly, the Merc Foregrip will also increase your recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, allowing you to quickly fire off the Fennec’s blisteringly fast rounds with deadly precision. Foregoing the stock for this build will give you a slight boost in movement speed for quicker reaction to get away from players, while The ZLR 18” Deadfall and 40 Round Drum Mags should always be a top priority for any Fennec players looking to increase their kill potential, so always try to build your loadout around these core attachments. 

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.