'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' Beta Start Time & How to Download

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War starts its beta soon, and we want to make sure you're first in line to download and play the new content as soon as it's released. Below, we outline all you need to know about and what to expect from the beta on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

What time does the Black Ops Cold War beta start?

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' beta begins October 8 on PS4. See the full schedule of dates below. 'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' releases November 13 on PS5, PS4, Xbox and PC. Treyarch/Raven Software/Activision

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta starts at different times depending on your platform. Those who pre-order the game digitally are able to play during any of the early access time windows listed below. During Open Beta, anyone on the listed platform can join. Here's the updated schedule of dates for those who may have missed it.

Weekend 1 [PS4 only]

  • October 8 at 1 p.m. EDT: Early access.
  • October 10 at 1 p.m. EDT: Open Beta.
  • October 12 at 1 p.m.: Ends.

Weekend 2 [PS4, Xbox and PC]

  • October 15 at 1 p.m. EDT: Xbox and PC early access, PS4 Open Beta.
  • October 17 at 1 p.m. EDT: PS4, Xbox and PC Open Beta.
  • October 19 at 1 p.m. EDT: Ends.

Can I preload the Black Ops Cold War beta?

If you happened to get an early access key, it is possible to preload the beta on your platform. On PS4 this can be done by searching for "Black Ops Cold War beta" or by using this link. Preloads for Xbox and PC are expected to begin next week.

What to expect from the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta

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The 'Black Ops Cold War' beta features a wide variety of modes and maps. Treyarch/Raven Software/Activision

As you inch towards the beta star time that applies to you, here's everything you can expect to enjoy once the content has gone live.

  • Cartel: Cartel is a varied map set in the jungles of Nicaragua. Play 6v6 and 12v12 modes including TDM, Kill Confirmed, Domination, Combined Arms Domination and more.
  • VIP Escort: Extract the VIP or wipe out the enemy to win. There are no respawns or Scorestreaks, and the VIP spawns with limited gear.
  • Combined Arms Assault: Teams of 12 work to capture five zones that push deeper into enemy territory depending on the team that captures them.
  • Fireteam - Dirty Bomb: Ten squads break out on a large map to collect Uranium and Dirty Bombs within the area. Place Uranium in the bombs to detonate them. Detonating bombs releases radiation in that area of the map, which scores points but hurts everyone carrying Uranium. Respawn back to a non-combat teammate, combat teammate or into a teammate's vehicle. This mode won't be active until Weekend 2.

That's all you need to know about the Black Ops Cold War beta on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War releases November 13 for PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Will you be playing the Black Ops Cold War beta as soon as it starts? Which content are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section!