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How to play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer betas

How to play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer betas
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How to play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer betas

Find out when you can play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer betas and how to get early access.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer early access and open betas are happening, and players need to know how to sign up, gain access, and start playing early. While the beta will be available on all platforms, PlayStation users will be spending the majority of their time with the game. Beyond this, those who pre-order will get access to multiplayer even sooner.

Below are the dates for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Early Access and Open Betas, broken down by platform. The official call of duty post notes that beta codes are tied to players’ Activision accounts, meaning you can play on whatever platform you want. Note that crossplay is available from September 22.

PlayStation Early Access and Open Beta

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To play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer early access period on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, users must preorder digitally or retail. This will grant them access to the game two days early. If you don’t pre-order, you can play the game when it’s in open beta. These are the dates to remember. Please note that the start time is the same for each period, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET:

  • September 16 and 17: PlayStation only, early access
  • September 18-20: PlayStation only, open beta
  • September 22 and 23: PlayStation open beta, early access to other platforms
  • September 24-26: All Platforms, Open Beta

PlayStation players will spend more time with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. Those who pre-order will be able to experience the game for 10 days, from September 16 to 26 (there will be a rest day on September 21).

Xbox Early Access and Open Beta

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To play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer on Xbox, players can pre-order for early access or wait and play the open beta two days later. You’ll be able to access multiplayer for a total of five days if you pre-order, and only three days if you don’t. These are the dates to remember. Please note that the start time is the same for each two-day period, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET:

  • September 22-23: Xbox and PC Early Access, PlayStation Open Beta
  • September 24-26: All platforms, open beta

Players who pre-order the game will take full advantage of the preview period. If you were going to play it anyway, it’s a good idea to pre-order early access on Xbox.

PC Early Access and Open Beta

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Playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Early Access and Open Beta on PC is the same as it is on Xbox. Pre-order the game for early access or play for free and experience the open beta only. These are the dates that PC players can enter. Please note that the start time is the same for each period, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET:

  • September 22-23: PC and Xbox Early Access, PlayStation Open Beta
  • September 24-26: All platforms, open beta

As you can see, PC players receive significantly less time previewing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 than PlayStation users. However, if you want to play most of the time (on PC), you will need to pre-order the game.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Early Access and Open Beta begin in September. To get the most playtime with the game, users will want to opt for PlayStation as it features an additional five days. However, those on Xbox and PC will still be able to play for five days if they pre-order the title. In case you don’t pre-order, drop in on September 24 to play the open beta. Stay tuned to our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 page for more information before and after its October 28 release date.

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