How To Play The Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will launch its open multiplayer beta in October. It’ll arrive on PS4 first before opening it up to other platforms a few weeks later. Here’s everything you need to know about how to access the beta test, start dates depending on your platform, how to gain early access to the beta test by preordering Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and more. We got some recent hands-on time with Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer mode if you want more details ahead of the beta. And if you’re on PS4, you won’t even have to wait for the beta. In fact, the game’s PS4 alpha will be available tomorrow so you can try out the game before possibly getting the next-gen version in just a few months.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Open Beta Start Dates

Activision has announced that there will be two Cold War beta “weekends,” although that term is something of a misnomer–each will last about five days, with the exception of an alpha test running for PS4 players on September 18.

The first beta test runs exclusively on PS4, with preorder customers getting in first before it opens to all PS4 owners (you can preorder the PS4 or PS5 version to qualify). PlayStation Plus is required in “some territories.”

The second test will include PS4, Xbox One, and PC and will support cross-play. This, too, will be open early for preorder customers on Xbox One and PC, while all PS4 owners will get in for the full duration. Preorders on Xbox Series X or S also qualify for this Xbox One early access. Xbox Live Gold is required on Xbox One. If you have an opportunity to get a month of Game Pass Ultimate for $1, you can also use that to gain access, as it includes Xbox Live Gold. Of course, it also includes games for both Xbox One and PC to try out.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha Start Dates

Prior to the launch of the closed beta tests, there will be an open alpha test for all PS4 owners from September 18 through September 20. Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed will all be available in this test, as will the enormous Combined Arms: Domination mode. There will be several maps to try out, as well, including the Miami and Satellite maps we’ve seen in other demonstrations.

Alpha weekend dates (PS4 only)

  • September 18-20

Beta weekend 1 dates (PS4 only)

  • October 8-12
    • Early access (PS4/PS5 preorders): October 8-9
    • Open access: October 10-12

    Beta weekend 2 dates (PS4, Xbox One, PC — cross-play enabled)