EA and DICE have confirmed disappointing news for those on Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X looking forward to the next one Battlefield 2042 beta. The long-awaited beta of the game is slated to begin on October 6 for EA Play members and for those who have pre-ordered the game. Everyone will have to wait until October 8. That said, when the beta releases later this month, Xbox fans will be limited by a restriction that PlayStation fans will not be subject to.
Specifically, when PS4 and PS5 users embark on the Battlefield 2042 beta, they won’t need a PlayStation Plus subscription. On Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X, users jumping into the Battlefield 2042 beta will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Now, to play the game on release, you’ll also need an Xbox Live Gold subscription, and on PS4 and PS5 you’ll need PlayStation Plus, so that’s not that big of a deal for a majority of users who are looking forward to the game, as they will already have an Xbox Live Gold membership. However, for those hoping not to get an Xbox Live Gold subscription until next month when it releases, this is disappointing news, and for some on Xbox consoles, expensive news.
It’s unclear why the beta has this requirement on Xbox platforms and not PlayStation platforms, but it could be due to the story of the premiere of locking free games behind a subscription. Either way, some Xbox fans are not happy with the restriction.
Battlefield 2042 is slated for release worldwide on November 19, 2021 via PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. For more coverage on the upcoming first-person shooter – including all the latest news, all the latest rumors and all the latest leaks – click here.