Destiny 2 PC Beta Now Online: The Wait Is Definitely Worth It
PC players finally have their first taste of the Destiny franchise, as the Destiny 2 PC beta is now online.
The original Destiny was only available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. PC players who have been longing to jump into some Destiny action will be happy to know that Destiny 2 is worth the wait.
Destiny 2 PC Beta: What You Need To Know
The first day of the Destiny 2 beta for PC players, however, is limited to VIP players and those who preordered the game. The Destiny 2 PC open beta will then launch on Aug. 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT to allow all players to try out the game and will last until Aug. 31 at 10:00 a.m. PT. However, Bungie extended the Destiny 2 beta for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by two days, a move that is not out of the realm of possibility for the PC version of the futuristic shooter.
The Destiny 2 PC beta will feature the same content as the console beta but with a few tweaks such as shortened matchmaking times on Quickplay and stricter matchmaking requirements for Competitive. The beta will still feature the opening mission of the Destiny 2 campaign titled Homecoming, the cooperative Strike named The Inverted Spire, and a few Crucible player-versus-player options.
PC players will need to have minimum specifications of an Intel Core i3-3250 or an AMD FX-4350 for the processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB or an AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB for the graphics card, and 6 GB of RAM. The recommended specifications, meanwhile, are an Intel Core i5-2400 or an AMD Ryzen R5 1600X for the processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 390 for the graphics card, and 8 GB of RAM.
Destiny 2 PC Version Worth The Wait
Destiny 2 on the PC "feels like a completely different game," wrote BGR's Mike Wehner, and it is easy to see why. The original Destiny was locked at 30 frames per second on consoles, but for Destiny 2 on the PC, frame rates can go over 100 frames per second, and the gameplay is smooth and precise.
Destiny 2 for PC also offers a massive selection of graphics settings that allows players to fine-tune the game's visuals. On the Ultra setting, the PC version unlocks the full experience for what is "one of the best looking shooters the world has ever seen," according to Game Revolution's Jonathan Leack.
The bad news for PC players? The Destiny 2 launch date is on Sept. 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the PC version will not arrive until Oct. 24. However, PC players have already waited for years to play Destiny, so a few more weeks should not be too big of a deal.