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Diablo 4 Beta Essential Info [Update: Preload]

Diablo 4's open beta is fast approaching. We have collected for you all the essential information about the upcoming tests, including schedule, content and system requirements.

Update (March 15): Early access players can now download the beta of Diablo IV. Depending on the platform, there is around 41 GB (PC; when selecting higher texture quality: 82 GB), 75 GB (XSX), 37 GB (XSS, PS4 and XOne) and 75.5 GB (PS5) of data to download. For more information on the pre-load, see "How to access to the Diablo IV beta test?".

Update (March 13): Blizzard Entertainment has updated its own guide for open beta testing. Thus, the text has been expanded with information on the test schedule and the start of the pre-load, the boss of Ashawa, discussions in the game forum and the developers' community stream.

The open beta of Diablo IV will take place Soon. Testing will be available to all interested parties, but players who preordered any of the game's three editions will be able to start playing later this week.

When and on which platforms will Diablo IV open beta take place?

From March 24 (5 p.m. CET) to March 27 (8 p.m. CET). Those with early access will be able to start playing a week earlier - on March 17 (from 5 p.m. CET) - and play until March 20 (9 p.m. CET).

Diablo IV will be available to check out on all target platforms, namely PC, PS4, PS5, XOne and XSX/S.

How to access to the Diablo IV beta test?

If you're only interested in open testing, you don't have to do anything other than install the Diablo IV beta. You won't even need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus account. This, however, will change with the release of the full version of the game.

Blizzard has already confirmed that the players will be able to download the game files on the Wednesdays preceding both tests, so that they can play as soon as possible:

  1. For Early Access: March 15 starting at 5 p.m. CET;
  2. in the case of the open beta: March 22 from 5 p.m. CET.

On consoles, just search for Diablo IV beta in the PlayStation Store or Microsoft Store. On PCs, it will be necessary to log in to and go to the game's website

In the case of early access this weekend, there can be two options. Purchasers of the digital version of Diablo IV will be able to start playing right away. On the other hand, when purchasing the boxed edition, it will be necessary to:

  1. enter the beta testing page and log in to your account;
  2. enter the code included with the game and selecting the platform and region (NOTE: the code can be redeemed only once, so make sure you have entered the correct information!);

Once the code is validated, PC players will be able to join the game right away once the testing begins. On consoles, you will have to wait for an email to be sent to the address associated with the account you provided.

Diablo IV beta content

The beta will enable players to check out the prologue and first act of Diablo IV. Players will travel through the Shattered Peaks region, full of frozen mountains and forgotten ruins. The authors promised atmosphere of "classic Victorian gothic horror," so you'd better be prepared for particularly nasty enemies.

The tests will also enable you to face the world boss Ashava. The plague incarnation will not be present constantly, but at specific times:

  1. In early access: March 18 (6 and 8 p.m. CET) and March 19 (6 and 8 a.m. CET);
  2. in the open beta: March 25 (6 and 8 p.m.) and March 26 (6 and 8 a.m. also CET).

In addition, players will be able to try out the co-op mode: local for two people (only on consoles) or online for four players. There will be no PvP gameplay, however, also PvP mode will not be available until the premiere.

Classes and character levels

Diablo 4 Beta Essential Info [Update: Preload] - picture #1
Players will soon verify at least some of the promises of Diablo IV developers. Source: Blizzard Entertainment.

In early access, players will be able to choose from three character classes: wizard, rogue and barbarian. Only after the start of open testing we will gain access to all five classes, adding the necromancer and druid.

The beta will also limit the maximum experience level to 25., with Blizzard wanting to encourage test participants to reach at least level 20 with one character. The reward for this will be a special title and a unique ornamental item: the Lich's Wrath.

The developers have also set a limit on character slots. During the beta testing, it will be possible to create no more than ten characters on a single account. It was not specified whether it will be possible to delete characters to free up space.

Progress, forums and streaming

Blizzard has confirmed that progress from the beta test will not be carried over to the release version of Diablo IV. Those who gain early access to the tests will keep their gains only until the open beta.

Blizzard also confirmed that test participants will be able to freely record and stream their sessions in Diablo IV. The developers themselves will also organize a community stream on March 24 at 7 p.m. CET, during which they will discuss the content of the beta. In addition, on March 17 the official forums of the fourth Diablo will go live.

More information on the beta can be found at the official website. The game will debut on June 6, 2023 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Diablo IV (beta) - PC system requirements

Diablo IV (beta) - minimum requirements

  1. Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  2. Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-8100
  3. RAM: 8 GB
  4. Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon R9 280
  5. Disk space: 45 GB (SSD)
  6. Other: Broadband internet connection, DirectX: 12

Diablo IV (beta) - recommended requirements

  1. Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  2. Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K / AMD R3-1300X
  3. RAM: 16 GB
  4. Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 470
  5. Disk space: 45 GB (SSD)
  6. Other: Broadband internet connection, DirectX: 12

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