After waiting with bated breath for quite some time, Destiny 2 fans can finally exhale. Developer Bungie and tech conglomerate Nvidia have unveiled the official PC open beta trailer for the upcoming sequel title. Featuring impressive 4K visuals, 60 frames-per-second graphics, and glimpses at the game’s story mission, the Destiny 2 announcement footage confirms that the PC open beta period will begin on August 29 and wrap up on August 31.
Those interested in pre-purchasing the game on PC can do so exclusively through the Blizzard Battle.net application and website, a declaration that seems to negate previous reports that indicated the PC version of Destiny 2 would be coming to Steam. Pre-orders begin on August 28, the day before the PC open beta kicks off, and players who shell out the dough to pick up the game will gain 24-hour early access.
Though this PC period comes quite a while after the console versions held their respective betas, the upcoming event is slated to feature the same content as well as some unique visual upgrades. This is down to the fact that Nvidia, which has a deal with Activision Blizzard that requires the vendor to aid in marketing the game, and thus, Destiny 2 will come bundled with full Nvidia Gameworks’ visual integration that unlocks special graphics options. On PC systems, Destiny 2 has 4K resolution support and uncapped framerate, a noteworthy leap from the lower-quality specs seen on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, as well as fully adjustable graphics settings and support for 21:9 monitors, keyboards, and mouses.
During the open beta, Destiny 2 players can dive into the game’s intense cinematic story campaign, battle below the surface of the new planet Nessus, engage in the three-player cooperative Strike Inverted spire, and try their hand at the Crucible, putting to the test their competitive multiplayer skills in two separate 4v4 gameplay modes.
While the majority of players who have already had hands-on time with the upcoming sequel report that the gameplay is relatively smooth on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Bungie has capped the framerate, hampering it at 30 frames per second on consoles. The PC version of Destiny 2 seems to have the upperhand, as it’s capable of breaking through the glass ceiling and delivering crystal-clear 4K 60fps visuals.
This limitlessness may work in the game’s favor, allowing it to feel more exhilarating and almost like a brand-new game on PC. It’s also interesting to note that the original Destiny game never crossed over to Windows operating systems, so these comparatively more powerful specs may draw in a dedicated group of PC-using fans this time around. We will simply have to wait and see when the PC open beta begins on August 29.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A PC release is scheduled for October 24, 2017.