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News video games 25 March 2023, 14:25

Blizzard Didn't Lie; Getting to Play Diablo 4 Open Beta is Hard

The open beta of Diablo 4 has begun. Players are experiencing similar problems as a week ago, but on a slightly smaller scale. Except for the queues - these got bigger. Error 316719 has also returned.

BOHICA, as they say. In other words, during the main open beta of Diablo IV - which began today at 5 p.m. - the players are encountering similar problems as in the last week's early beta.

Diablo 4 beta - reported problems

Inactive button

Some people can't launch the game at all because the "Play" button is inactive (try turning the Battle.net app on and off, this usually helps).

Queues

Once you enter the game, on the other hand, there are quite a long queues. On average the waiting time is about an hour. However, it seems that some players are quitting, so the process may take a little less time.

No sound in the intro cutscene

Once you enter the game, a cutscene with Lilith will be played. Some players report that there is no sound in it - you can only hear the sound of rain in the background.

Game freezing

Dropping the game to the taskbar (Alt+Tab), often leads tofreezing. So if you are playing the game, try not to do this.

Error 316719 is back

Players are also complaining about the infamous error 316719. It appears at different times - sometimes during the game, at other times already at the character creation stage. Unfortunately, it cannot be remedied. Already last week Blizzard made it clear that it is due to Diablo IV server instability. So if this error happens to you, be prepared to stand in the queue again - or return to play at another time.

Optimization

Players also complain about the "resource-intensive" nature of Diablo IV on PC, pointing out that the game uses up to a dozen GB of RAM regardless of graphics settings. Others claim however, that changing the settings significantly reduces the amount of RAM used - up to 6 GB. So perhaps it depends on the configuration.

Of course Blizzard has warned of such problems. The situation seems to have normalized a bit and playing Diablo IV can be enjoyed without major problems.

As a reminder, let me add that the open beta will last until March 27 (Monday) at 8 p.m. CET. The game is scheduled for release on June 6. It will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, XOne and XSX/S.

DIABLO IV BETA COMPENDIUM

All the highlights of Diablo IV open beta test are available here.

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

Has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure.com five years later - although he has known the service since he had access to the internet - to combine his love for words and games. Deals mainly with news and journalism. A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. He started his gaming adventure at the age of four - with a Pegasus. Currently, prefers PC and demanding RPGs, but does not shy away from consoles or other genres. When he's not playing or writing, he enjoys reading, watching series (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and also walking the dog. Almost uncritically loves the work of Stephen King. Does not abandon plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.

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