Alright PC Fallout fans, it’s the final countdown. Starting now, you can pre-load the Fallout 76 beta to your machines in anticipation of it going live in a few short days. But you still can’t play it yet. Instead, we brought you something to stare at in shaky anticipation: the live dates for the PC beta next week. You’re welcome.
The dates and times were revealed by Bethesda’s official Twitter account earlier this morning. As we mentioned before, the beta itself is more of a stress test than the unrestrained playground you’d expect. The beta will only be live for several hours a day. During such, Bethesda will attempt to break the hell out of it to (hopefully) ensure a smoother live service when it launches next month.
Here are the dates and times for the Fallout 76 beta on PC for next week:
- October 30 — 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST
- November 1 — 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST
- November 3 — 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
- November 4 — 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
As the #Fallout76 B.E.T.A. becomes available for everyone on Oct. 30, we wanted to look ahead to next week's anticipated sessions.
Times are subject to change with issues that may arise, but we're hopeful this schedule will stay. Thank you for all your support! pic.twitter.com/9fRb5Vx5m7
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) October 26, 2018
A Nuka-Cola While You Wait
While you’re waiting, you may as well check the PC requirements for the beta. Fear not for those who don’t have the beefiest PC in all the land. According to the specs we posted yesterday, if you have at least an Nvidia GTX 970, you can run Fallout 76 at a decent pace. All you really need is to free up around 60 gigs of space on your hard drive.
Also, be sure to check out our brief guide on what to expect before you head into the West Virginia wasteland. Among the items of discussion are the size of the game and the question of what you get to take with you to Fallout 76‘s full release. And if you require something more visual, you can check out the entire map. It’s four times the size of Fallout 4, despite the game not taking four times the hard drive space.
The beta is available to all who pre-order Fallout 76. You’ll also need to get the official Bethesda launcher, as the game won’t be available on Steam. Fallout 76 officially releases to the PC on November 13.
Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Writing about video games since 2005, Cam has also worked with GameSpot, GamesRadar, and PlayBoy.