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On September 21st, 2011 in News

BF3 betaYesterday’s beta announcement finally revealed the first details about the upcoming and highly anticipated Battlefield 3 beta. In the aftermath of the big news, a lot of new information and details have emerged. We’ve summed up everything we know about the beta here.

  • Battlefield 3 beta will run from September 29 to October 10.
  • There is no player level limit on the beta and no limit on how much you can unlock.
  • One game mode, Rush, and one map, Operation Metro will be available.
  • The Operation Metro map has undergone changes since the alpha.
  • The beta is limited to 32 players on PC, 24 on console.
  • Beta size will be around 2-3 GB.
  • The netcode has been re-written from the alpha trial.
  • Owners of Medal of Honor do not need the disc to play the beta
  • EA Origin pre-orders and Medal of Honor owners get access to the beta 48h earlier, on Sep 27.
  • If you want early access, you have to pre-order on Origin before Sep 25.
  • Asia has now been added to the open beta.
  • Origin is required to play the beta on PC.
  • Stats and ranks will not carry over into the final game.
  • PC beta system requirements can be found here.
  • The beta won’t include all the graphics features which will make it in the final version.
On September 20th, 2011 in News

Finally, after a long wait with a lot of anticipation, DICE has announced that the Battlefield 3 beta starts on September 29, and will be available on all platforms. The beta will run on the Operation Metro map, and support the Rush mode only — just like the Alpha. Furthermore, DICE revealed the system requirements for the beta:

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: windows vista (service pack 2) 32-bit
  • Processor: 2 GHz dual core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon x2 2.7 GHz)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • 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 performance)
  • 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 performance)
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible
  • Keyboard and mouse

Recommended system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Quad-core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard drive: 20 GB
  • Graphics card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB ram (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950)
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • DVD rom drive

As previously known, Origin will be required to play the beta on PC. The open beta will run for approximately 10 days, ending on October 10.

On July 20th, 2011 in News

BF3 alpha
EA and DICE are currently running an alpha trail of Battlefield 3 to select people who sign up via EA Origin. Furthermore, DICE published a FAQ on the alpha trial, where they answered a few questions, including the recommended system settings for the alpha trial (not the full game). The recommended Battlefield 3 system specs for the alpha trial are:

  • Windows 7 or Vista (SP1)
  • EA Origin
  • CPU: quad core 2.0 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 7.25 GB free disk space
  • Video RAM: 512 MB or greater
  • DirectX 10 or 11 compatible video card with latest drivers (AMD 11.5 or later, nVidia 275.33 or later)
  • Sound: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible card
  • Internet: broadband connection

While the specs may seem high, keep in mind that this is for the alpha version, so there’s a lot of optimization to happen as the game progresses development. You can sign up for the alpha here, although it is uncertain how many testers DICE is looking for and how many invites will be sent. You’ll need EA Origin to access the Battlefield 3 alpha.

Beta

In the FAQ, it is also revealed that Battlefield 3 will have an open beta, but it still appears that Medal of Honor owners will get earlier access, as was expected.

Meanwhile, the alpha test is meant to test out servers, Battlelog, and get general feedback before a beta is released.