If you are a Playstation 4 (or 3) owner, or you have a really good friend who is, and have pre-ordered Destiny at participating retailers, in less than seven days, on July 17th, you'll no doubt be pacing in front of your console, waiting, what will feel like forever, for the Destiny Beta to download. Xbox users will have to wait a bit longer, till July 23rd. After that install, though, you will be knee deep in moon wizards and nothing else will matter. It's because of this euphoric tunnel-vision that I'm offering a simple guide of things you might want to look out for on this sweet, sweet journey.

  • Check your email! Before, during, and after the Beta, keep an eye on messages coming from Bungie. Might want to follow @Bungie and @DeeJ_BNG on Twitter, while you're at it. Emails are going out now, requesting that you go to and lock in your console type and region, so that you get proper codes for access. They'll send the actual Beta download codes at a later date, which you will then enter into your console.

  • Three (3) codes incoming! When Bungie does send out download codes, they've noted that they will come in packs of 3, so you can bring friends along with you (same console type, same region) who haven't already pre-ordered and gotten their own Beta keys.

  • July 26th!(possibly the 27th!) This is an important date for two known reasons: 1) This is the final day of the Beta, and 2) Bungie has said they will be issuing special in-game emblems to Beta testers playing on this day, starting at 8pm PDT. Don't miss out on your due swag!!

  • Be alert for those sneaky, sneaky surprises! Bungie has also said that they will be "delivering some fun and unexpected surprises throughout the Beta!" Feel free to use the comments section of this post to drop knowledge and insight for the community if something pops up.

  • Be kind to your fellow Guardians! There is a puddle of animosity out there right now between Xbox and Playstation users over this Beta, and the whole Bungie playing for both teams thing in general. Two months from now, it won't matter to anyone, but in the meantime, do yourself and everyone a favor and be nice to each other. Exclusive content sucks, and we've all been affected by it in one way or another. This, too, will pass.

** UPDATE **
  • Beta maintenance! The Destiny Beta will be OFFLINE for maintenance on all systems from July 21st and July 22nd PDT.

For more information, check the Destiny Beta FAQ on

Again, if you have any news or updates concerning the Beta, drop it in the comments. It would be nice if we could keep it all together under one thread, for the good of the many.

Be brave!

Zach_Foster wrote on 07/11/2014 at 04:48am

Wish I had a PS4 :( I'll definitely share the information with my not-close-enough-to-let-me-borrow-their-console friends though.

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 07/11/2014 at 06:05am

It's coming to PS3, as well. Sorry about that. I've updated the post to clarify. I'd actually be interested to know how it plays on the PS3 or Xbox 360.

Zach_Foster wrote on 07/13/2014 at 03:47am

I've got a 360 and a ps3 that gathers dust, i rarely use it. I'm very excited to see how it will play on either of them. I really just want to play it. I started playing Combat Evolved again and i'm pretty pumped.

to clarify, do you get the early beta on ps3 also or only on ps4?

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 07/13/2014 at 03:31pm

According to Bungie, "On PS4 and PS3, the Destiny Beta will begin on July 17th at 10AM PDT."

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 07/16/2014 at 06:46am

I'll add these here for now, a list of trading card codes that can be entered through the Redeem Code portal on

Card 1: Titan: MVD-4N3-NKH
Card 2: Hunter: 3DA-P4X-F6A
Card 3: Warlock: YKA-RJG-MH9
Card 4: Rixis Archon Slayer: TCN-HCD-TGY
Card 5: Old Russia: HDX-ALM-V4K
Card 6: Hive: 473-MXR-3X9
Card 7: Moon: JMR-LFN-4A3
Card 8: Gjallarhorn: HC3-H44-DKC
Card 9: Duke MK.44: 69P-KRM-JJA
Card 10: The Tower: 69P-VCH-337
Card 11: The Hive 69R-CKD-X7L
Card 12: Valley of the Kings, Mars: 69R-DDD-FCP
Card 13: The Fallen: 69R-F99-AXG
Card 14: Red Death: 69R-VL7-J6A
Card 15: Los Cabal: 69X-DJN-74V
Card 16: La Costa Devastada, Venus: 6A7-7NP-3X7
Card 17: Vex: Minotauro: 6A9-DTG-YGN

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 07/20/2014 at 01:58am

If anyone is looking for Beta codes, I've got two that I'm not using. PM me here, or send a message on PSN if you're interested.

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 07/20/2014 at 01:59am

Sorry, codes are for US, on PS4.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/20/2014 at 04:15am

How is it so far? I've heard the improved Peter Dinklage audio. Kind of lame that they removed the "Wizard on the moon" audio though.

Curious how much of the game is included with the beta?

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 07/20/2014 at 04:54am

Today is my first chance to get on the Beta, and it seems roughly the same size as the Alpha, which Bungie has said is somewhere near 10% of the actual game! which I take to mean actual map space. The level cap so far is 8, which mirrors the Alpha cap. They've shown a couple more PvP maps, on Venus and Mars, which are quite cool. Peter sounds much better with the effected robot voice, which was expected. I'm kinda glad they took out the moon wizard remark, as it keeps the moment special for us Alpha testers ;).

Everything feels slightly more tuned-up from the Alpha gameplay, as it should. PvP feels a bit more balanced. It's nice to be back in the fray. The wait between Beta's end and the Sept 9 release will be unbearable.

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