Destiny 2 PC open beta starts August 29

Bungie have confirmed that Destiny 2 [official site], the online hangout and dancing social space with an attached MMO-FPS, will launch its PC open beta on Tuesday, August 29. That’ll run until Thursday, August 31. If you’ve wondered what consoleers have been on about these past few years — and what Adam enjoyed so much when he played at E3 — you’ll be able to find out for free. Bungie have also confirmed tentative PC system requirements so you can figure out if you’ll be able to run Destiny’s Child.

Consoles already held betas earlier this month but, much like the full game’s release, ours is held back.

The beta contains one story mission, two PvP modes with two PvP maps, and one cooperative mission. The console beta offered one hours’ access to the social space — the heart of the game, as I understand it — and presumably that’ll happen for us too.

Check your specs:

Recommended Spec

Intel – Core i5-2400
AMD – Ryzen R5 1600X

Nvidia – GeForce GTX 970
AMD – Radeon R9 390


Minimum Spec

Intel – Core i3-3250
AMD – FX-4350

Nvidia – GeForce GTX 660 2GB
AMD – Radeon HD 7850 2GB


Bungie do note that those aren’t the final specs, and the system requirements could change for the full launch.

Destiny’s Child is coming to PC on October 24. People who pre-order will get beta access one day early, on August 28, but I’m sure you know better than that.


  1. skyturnedred says:

    I have faith in my GTX 470.

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    phuzz says:

    Noice, my PC is still comfortably at recommended specs (well, I’m assuming my R9 290 is basically the same as a 390, especially with a bit of light overclocking).

  3. AutonomyLost says:

    I’m cautiously optimistic and looking forward to this.

  4. Beard_Arthur says:

    Hey Bungie, do me a favor and extend this to over the Labor Day weekend. Plzkthx.

    • Chromatose says:

      Given they extended the console betas, IMO there’s likely a fair chance they’ll extend it on PC too. My best guess is that they just have those dates in place as a bare minimum guarantee in case they have to go back and revise things because of some catastrophic networking / game balance oversight. Then, hopefully, when there’s not, they can just extend it “due to overwhelming popularity” or whatever.

  5. Rizlar says:

    Question: tell me what you think about D?

  6. Rhythm says:

    Happy that my spec appears to hit “recommended” but with all the E3 talk about framerate and resolution, what does “recommended” even mean? “Matches consoles”? 1080p/60?

  7. fish99 says:

    With a view to playing Destiny 2 in October I picked up the first game last week (Collection edition on PS4), and aside from the expected issues with controller-aiming/low-FOV it’s actually really good. Reminiscent of Halo for obvious reasons, and just as fun.

    Pity it never came to PC really.

    • Chromatose says:

      Yeah, I kind of feel there were certainly areas in the first game that really fell short, storytelling definitely being one of them, but the shooting and combat mechanics are so unbelievably well-honed and punchy. Scoring critical hits with my scout rifle, watching the damage numbers fly out before the enemy’s head dramatically pops just feels exactly like it should.

      I think Bungie get a lot less credit than they deserve for getting the ‘feel’ of the game so right.

      • fish99 says:

        Yup the scout rifles and snipers are really satisfying. Doesn’t hurt that the game is rather pretty with awesome music too.

  8. zulnam says:

    Might try the beta, but getting it full price after all the crap Bungievision pulled with Destiny 1? Nope!

  9. Doomlord says: