If you’re interested in Blizzard’s upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch, this is your chance to try it out and see what you think. The Overwatch Open Beta has begun, and it’s absolutely free.
The Overwatch beta will run from today, May 5, through Monday, May 9. It is available on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, all three systems Overwatch is coming out for. However, cross-platform play is not possible.
Since it’s an open beta, you don’t need to register or sign up. As explained in the official announcement, the way you’ll access the beta depends on which system you’re using.
PC players will need to download the Battle.net desktop application and create a Battle.net account, if you don’t already have one. From there, you’ll be able to click the Overwatch icon to install it.
PS4 players can find it by searching for “Overwatch” in the PlayStation Store. The Overwatch Open Beta should appear as an option, at which point you can download and install it. Likewise, Xbox One players should visit the Xbox One Store and search the Games category for “Overwatch” to find, download, and install the Open Beta.
The download will be 6.5GB if you’re playing on the PC and 11GB if you’re playing on a console. Xbox One owners need to be members of Xbox Live Gold to participate in the beta. Although PS4 owners don’t need PlayStation Plus for the beta, it will be required to play the full game once it’s released.
Although the majority of Overwatch modes are available in the beta, Blizzard opted not to include the Competitive Play mode, since they are redesigning it after feedback received in the closed beta. In fact, it won’t be available until sometime after the game’s launch. Since this serious competitive mode was meant for experienced players and was restricted to players level 25 and higher, the beta will still offer a solid look at Overwatch without it.
Progress you make in the beta will not carry over to the final game.
Overwatch will be released on May 24, 2016. Have you played the open beta yet? If so, what are your initial impressions of Overwatch?