KEY POINTS

  • "Call of Duty: Vanguard" Beta for PC and Xbox gamers is finally here
  • Early Access has started on Thursday
  • The Open Beta kicks off this weekend

Following last week's PlayStation Early Access, the second "Call of Duty: Vanguard" beta for PC and Xbox gamers has started Thursday. Players can use some tips and tricks to ace or dominate this weekend.

PC, Xbox Beta schedule

The "Call of Duty: Vanguard" Early Access schedule for PC and Xbox players is for those who have already pre-ordered the game. They have already received codes that grant them access to the game a few days ahead of others.

The Early Access started at 1 p.m. ET Thursday and will end at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. The Open Beta for PC and Xbox users will kick off at 1 p.m. ET Saturday and end at 1 p.m. ET Monday.

Multiplayer codes

Twitter user Call of Duty Tracker has shared Multiplayer Beta codes that players can use.

Beta tips and tricks 

To dominate this weekend's "Call of Duty: Vanguard" Beta, players should familiarize themselves with the Settings menu. From adjusting the controller's sensitivity to changing HUD elements to the color blindness option, knowing the Settings menu is crucial for enjoying the game.

Another important element players should know while playing the Beta this weekend involves understanding the Combat Intensity of a match. Tactical combat pacing means players could find themselves in an intense fight. 

Those looking for heavy crossfire and multi-person fights can head to Assault, Blitz and Core Multiplayer matches. It is also crucial that players familiarize the game's maps.

In "Call of Duty: Vanguard" Beta, Red Star is the largest map. It features an exposed central area, which is the focal point for crossfire from long-ranged weapons.

Players who prefer close-quarter should stay on buildings within the perimeter. These settings are where SMGs and shotguns shine against snipers trying to grab a power position.

It is also important to level up in the Beta if players want to unlock more Killstreaks. There is plenty to use in the game's Multiplayer.

In Patrol, players should avoid staying stationary so that they won't lose. They should consider where the Petrol zone is moving when strategizing a defense or an offense.

In "Call of Duty: Vanguard," the Gunsmith features many attachments that essentially change how weapons operate. Players should pay close attention to each attachment change and try them in practice games.

Gamers play the game Call of Duty: Black Ops at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 in Los Angeles, California on June 12, 2018 Gamers play the game Call of Duty: Black Ops at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 in Los Angeles, California on June 12, 2018 Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN