How to access Sea of Thieves closed beta on PS5

Tyler Constable
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Sea of Thieves is sailing onto PS5 soon and there’s a closed beta you can check out before the full launch but how can you access the game early?

After remaining exclusive to Xbox consoles and PC since 2017, Rare’s beloved pirate game Sea of Thieves is finally making its way to PS5 this April. PlayStation fans can soon get stuck into all the swashbuckling content it has to offer including hunting for treasure, battling sea monsters, and fishing.

If you’re keen to check out the PS5 version of Sea of Thieves before it launches, a closed beta will be available. So here’s how you can access it.


When is the Sea of Thieves PS5 closed beta?

An image of the Sea of Thieves closed beta download menu on PS5.
You can now preload the Sea of Thieves closed beta.

The Sea of Thieves PS5 closed beta will run from April 12, 2024 – April 15, 2024, beginning at 9 AM UCT / 5 AM ET / 10 AM BST / 2 AM PST.

This will give fans a chance to experience all the pirate-themed action a couple of weeks before the official PS5 launch on April 30, 2024.

How to access PS5 closed beta

To access the PS5 closed beta, you simply need to pre-order any addition of Sea of Thieves.

There are 3 versions of the game available on PS5: standard, deluxe, and premium. While each comes with its own unique pre-order bonuses, nabbing any edition will allow you to enjoy the closed beta.

It’s also important to note that beta servers will be PlayStation only, so you won’t have to worry about running into any experienced pirates in PvP content if you’re jumping in for the very first time.

Closed beta rewards

Everyone who takes part in the closed beta will receive a couple of exclusive rewards, these are:

  • Dauntless Adventurer Title
  • Dauntless Adventurer Sails

How to preload closed beta

Preload access for the closed PS5 beta began on April 10, 2024.

To preload the content, you simply need to have pre-ordered any addition of Sea of Thieves. To ensure the beta installs, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your PS5 library.
  2. Select Sea of Thieves.
  3. Choose the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta option, and press download.
  4. Once the download is complete the beta content will be preloaded onto your console!

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