PlayStation gets the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta "at least five days" before other platforms

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta will hit PlayStation platforms ahead of its launch on Xbox and PC.

As revealed in today's full reveal of the sequel, Modern Warfare 2 will have an open beta available across all platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC via and Steam. If you pre-order the game, you will get early access to that beta.

The devs have not yet confirmed when the beta will take place. An FAQ running down some of the nuts and bolts of beta access is available on the official site.

Whatever date the beta ends up landing on, if you're on a PlayStation platform, you will be able to get in even earlier. The version of today's trailer uploaded to PlayStation's YouTube channel notes that the beta will be "available on PlayStation at least 5 days earlier than any other platform." (Word of this promo leaked earlier in the month.)

It's not unusual for Call of Duty betas to offer early access on PlayStation. But with Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard moving forward, it gets stranger and stranger to see the remnants of these deals. Though, surely, it's no stranger than seeing the Xbox-owned Bethesda publishing PlayStation exclusives like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.

The first proper Modern Warfare 2 trailer landed today (though it, too, leaked ahead of the official release), alongside a host of details on the upcoming game. Check out our Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer preview for much more info on what to expect.

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Dustin Bailey
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.