Here’s everything you need to know about the Destiny 2 PC beta

Pre-loading, control scheme, and known issues.

Destiny 2's PC beta will begin in just a couple days but you're going to want to know a few things before you jump in!

First things first, you're going to want to pre-load it right now so you can start playing the second those servers go live. If you pre-ordered a digital copy, all you need to do is press install on the beta in the app. Those who pre-ordered from a retailer will need to redeem their key on and wait for further instructions.

Next, you're going to want to know the controls so you don't have to waste time trying to figure them out while getting killed in PVP. Bungie has released the control scheme for you to memorize and it's fairly simple so you shouldn't have too much trouble remembering it. Additionally, if you're a text chat user, you can type /f to chat with your fireteam and /w to whisper.

Here's everything you need to know about the Destiny 2 PC beta

Bungie is already preparing to fix some issues in the beta so if you encounter the following issues, have no fear. If you plan on capturing gameplay for YouTube or Twitch, you may encounter some issues with third-party apps.

Destiny 2 PC Beta Known Issues:

  • Players may encounter issues when playing the Destiny 2 Beta with drivers that are out of date. Updating drivers to the latest version grants the best experience when playing Destiny 2 on PC.
  • The Destiny 2 Beta may not run when installed to a folder with some localized character types in its name (e.g. Greek, Cyrillic, Kanji, etc.). Players should ensure that they install the Beta to a path that does not include these character types, or use the default install location.
  • Players may encounter issues when joining the Fireteam of another player on their same local area network. Players who encounter this issue should ensure that they have UPnP enabled in their network settings.
  • MSAA is still under development. As such, players may encounter various issues including visual artifacts and performance degradation when using MSAA.
  • Multi-GPU support is still in development. Players may encounter issues including visual artifacts and performance impacts when using NVIDIA SLI. AMD Crossfire support is not available in the Destiny 2 PC Beta.
  • The Destiny 2 Beta must be launched from Blizzard’s app. If players launch the Beta client directly from the executable, they may receive an error message or the Destiny 2 Beta client may become unresponsive. Players who encounter this issue should close the Beta client through the user interface or by pressing Alt+F4, and proceed to launch the Destiny 2 Beta using the “Play” button in the Destiny 2 tab of the Blizzard app.

The beta is set to go live on August 28th, probably around 11 AM ET if it's the same as consoles. If you didn't pre-order, you can jump in on the 29th. If you're interested in what content is available in the beta you can click here and if you're interested in what the recommended specs are you can click here.

Destiny 2 hits consoles on September 6th while the PC will follow on October 24th.