The open Beta for EA's Battlefield 3 is set to arrive on Sept. 29 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The Beta mode of the game will be open for play until Oct.10.
Here are the 10 most frequent queries and their answers that will help you gear up for one of the most ground-breaking shooter games to be released this fall.
Question: Where can you get the Beta for Battlefield 3?
Answer: If you are a PlayStation 3 gamer, the Beta should appear automatically on the PlayStation Network Store. The Beta, for Xbox 360 users, will also appear automatically on the Xbox Live Marketplace. On PCs, however, the Beta will be available from the Origin Applications Demo page.
Question: Will Origin be required to access the Beta?
Answer: If you are playing via PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Origin will not be required. Origin is needed if you are playing via PC, as Origin will be needed to distribute the Beta installation and run the game.
Question: How will you install the Beta?
Answer: For console gamers, you will simply need to download the Beta to start the game. PC users will first need to install the Origin Client from origin.com/download and then install the Beta from the Origin Client itself.
Question: What about the System Requirements for playing Battlefield 3 on PC (both minimum and recommended)?
Answer: Below are the system requirements for the game:
OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-BIT
Memory: 2 GB
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz OR Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series with ATI RADEON 3870 or higher)
Graphics Card (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 Compatible with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 series with NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT or higher)
OS: Windows 7 64-BIT
Memory: 4 GB
Processor: Quad-Core CPU
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card: DIRECTX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 or ATI RADEON 6950)
Question: Where is the Beta available?
Answer: Beta is available only in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Question: Will the previously acquired stats get carried over from the Beta to the final game?
Answer: This is one area where EA/DICE have been pretty strict and are still applying final touches to the ranking system. As of now, the previous stats will not get carried into the final game as the company doesn't want to give its Beta players an unfair advantage when Battlefield 3 finally arrives. The names of the soldiers will still be there, though.
Question: Are there any issues like play time restrictions in the Beta?
Answer: The best thing about the Beta is that you can play as long as you want during your time in the Beta. There are, by far, no barricades or limits on how far you can progress or rank up, or how much you can unlock.
Question: Suppose you get an invite to access Beta on Xbox 360, but you want it on PlayStation 3. What then? Can it somehow be changed?
Answer: This cannot be done, but there is no need for that as the open Beta starts on all platforms on Sept. 29.
Question: What is a Battlelog?
Answer: Battlelog, introduced by EA, is a free-of-cost social platform that will work along with the game and will let you track each other's stats, plan your next move and, more importantly, socialize.
Question: Will the final game have the same quality as that of the Beta?
Answer: As the developers had previously announced, the Beta is not the final game software and the final updates will be applied to the game just before it hits the market on Oct. 25, 2011. The developers are also looking forward to any kind of feedback from the Beta gamers that they can use to make the game better.
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