Call of Duty Cold War beta begins TODAY – start times for Xbox, PS4 and PC

GRAB your guns because a Call of Duty Cold War beta weekend is about to begin.

You can try out the game for free, even if you haven’t pre-ordered – though early buyers will get better access.

Gunsmith is more expansive than ever

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Gunsmith is more expansive than everCredit: Activision / Treyarch

Call of Duty Cold War beta – start time and platforms

The beta kicks off on Thursday, October 15.

It’ll begin at 10am LA time, 1pm New York time, and 6pm London time.

Any PS4 player can join in the beta, even without a pre-order.

And Xbox One and PC players can also play the beta, but they’ll need to have pre-ordered the game first.

There are loads of new maps and modes to enjoy in Call of Duty Cold War

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There are loads of new maps and modes to enjoy in Call of Duty Cold WarCredit: Activision / Treyarch

This changes on October 17, when the beta will open up to everyone regardless of whether you’ve got a pre-order.

And it will come to a close on October 19.

You can pre-load the beta right now, so you’ll be ready to play as soon as the game is available.

Call of Duty Cold War beta – what’s included?

You’ll be able to play traditional 6v6 game modes, as well as the 12v12 Combined Arms modes.

The new 40-player Fireteams: Dirty Bomb mode is also available for the first time.

You’ll be able to progress and rank up through the beta levelling system, unlocking load out items, scorestreaks and more.

If you reach level 10 in the beta, you’ll unlock an SMG Weapon Blueprint when the game actually launches.

Some of the maps available in the beta include Cartel, Miami, Moscow and Satellite.

The weapons system has been redesigned to provide a more authentic experience

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The weapons system has been redesigned to provide a more authentic experienceCredit: Activision / Treyarch

Call of Duty Cold War beta PC requirements

These are the minimum specs…

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent.
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950.
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

These are the recommended specs…

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

The beta also works on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

First multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War released by Activision

In other news, Activision has confirmed it will release a new Call of Duty game next month.

We recently spoke to one of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War’s designers about the game’s multiplayer mode.

And, we recently spoke to Warzone’s creators about the future of the spin-off game.


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