Following a weekend of PlayStation exclusivity, it’s now time for Xbox gamers to dive into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 beta. Starting at 1 pm ET on Thursday, October 12, both Xbox One and Series X|S owners will have the opportunity to participate.
However, it’s important to note that this early access window is exclusively available to those who pre-ordered a version of Modern Warfare 3 or those who have redeemed a beta code. If you didn’t pre-order, your chance to access the beta’s early phase will arrive on Sunday, October 15. In any case, if you’re gearing up to play the beta, it’s crucial to understand how and where to download the beta application so you can swiftly jump into MW3.
In the guide below, I will provide instructions on how to download the beta on Xbox.
To begin, you’ll need to have the COD HQ application installed on your Xbox. If you’ve engaged with Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone in the past year, you should already have this covered. However, for those who don’t have any Call of Duty titles on their Xbox, you can obtain the free COD HQ application from the Microsoft Store on your console.
This application grants you access to the primary launcher that you’ll use to access MW3 once the beta becomes available. Speaking of the beta, you can also obtain the MW3 Beta Pack files from the Microsoft Store, and this can be done now, irrespective of whether you pre-ordered the game or not. Once the download process is complete, a new MW3 Beta tab will appear on the main lobby screen of COD HQ.
Should you attempt to click on the MW3 beta tab, you will receive a message indicating that the beta is not yet live. However, you may also come across a screen displaying the Vault Edition of MW3, which should occur if you’ve redeemed a beta code via Xbox. Rest assured, the beta tab will become accessible and launch the actual beta once it goes live for your access.
It’s important to remember that the beta will only go live on Thursday, October 12 for those who pre-ordered any edition of MW3 or redeemed a beta code. For those who fall into neither category, a few more days of patience are required before the beta tab becomes available for your access.
If you happen to secure a MW3 beta code, whether through a retailer’s pre-order or via a giveaway or a friend, the next step is code redemption. Once you’ve successfully redeemed the code, you’ll receive another code tailored for the gaming platform of your choice, ensuring that you’re all set to jump in as soon as the servers go live.
Redeeming an MW3 beta code is a straightforward process. Here’s how you can do it:
- Log in to your Activision account. If you don’t have one yet, you can create an account on their website.
- Visit the Redeem Code page on Activision’s website.
- Input the code provided to you by the retailer where you pre-ordered the game. This code can typically be found on a physical receipt or sent to your email address.
- After entering the code, you will receive a platform-specific code. You must then enter this code in your respective platform’s store (PlayStation, Xbox, Battle.net, or Steam).
- Soon enough, the beta will appear in the games section of your chosen gaming platform.
Now, let’s take a look at the key dates and times for the MW3 beta:
- October 6 and 7: Early access on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4
- October 8 to 10: Open beta on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4
- October 12 and 13: Early access on Xbox and PC, alongside PlayStation open beta
- October 14 to 16: Open beta available on all gaming platforms
Once you’ve downloaded the beta, make the most of your gaming experience while it lasts, as the servers will go offline in anticipation of MW3’s official launch on November 10th.
What to Expect in the Modern Warfare 3 Beta: Whether you’re enjoying early access on PlayStation or participating in the open beta on other platforms during the second half of the latter weekend, here’s what we know about the beta:
- Four maps (Favela, Estate, Rust, Skidrow) will be available during the first weekend, with a fifth map (Highrise) joining the rotation on the second weekend starting from October 12.
- Cross-play functionality will be enabled across all platforms during the second weekend.
- Progress made during the beta will not carry over to the full game, except for PlayStation users, whose progress will carry over from one beta weekend to the next.