The Destiny 2 beta on consoles recently wrapped up but PC gamers haven’t gotten a chance to try out the beta yet. Bungie announced the minimum and recommended specs for the beta, along with the times the beta will be available.
If you’re wanting to get a taste of Destiny 2 on PC, you have to wait a whole month. Here are the times the beta will be active for PC players:
- Early Access: August 28
- Open Beta: August 29
- Beta Ends: August 31
Early access will be available for those who pre-order and the open beta will be available for everybody, pre-order or not. Like the console beta, the PC beta will include the Inverted Spire strike, the new Countdown PvP mode, and the first campaign mission.
Now, let’s move onto whether you have to rush out and upgrade your PC. Luckily, the specs required, even for the recommended settings, are pretty modest. Here’s what your looking at for both the recommended and minimum PC specs.
- Intel – Core i3-3250
- AMD – FX-4350
- Nvidia – GeForce GTX 660 2GB
- AMD – Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- RAM – 6GB
- Intel – Core i5-2400
- AMD – Ryzen R5 1600X
- Nvidia – GeForce GTX 970
- AMD – Radeon R9 390
- RAM – 8GB
All in all, we’re not looking at very high end build to run this beta. The recommended GPUs are both a generation old, with AMD’s actually being behind two generations, if you could the RX 5xx series as a new generation. The CPU recommended is a bit puzzling since AMD’s Ryzen line competes and even outperforms Intel’s Kaby Lake i5s in some games but we have it comparable to a second generation i5 here.
These PC specs are subject to change but at least we’re looking at a ballpark number for right now. For comparison, at the Destiny 2 gameplay event, the PCs there were equipped with Intel’s newest i7-7700k, Nvidia’s GTX 1080Ti along with G-sync monitors. You definitely don’t need hardware of that magnitude to run Destiny 2.
If you’re upgrading your PC currently, or are thinking about doing so for Destiny 2, here is what Bungie recommends to you.
CPU – Intel Core i5-7400GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
CPU – Intel Pentium G4560GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
CPU – Intel i7-7700kGPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB
If you want more information about Destiny 2 on PC, you can check out our post on it right here. For those of you out there who have a lot of cores with their CPU, we’re looking at you potential Threadripper buyers, you should be aware that Destiny 2 will take advantage of those extra cores.
Of course, the biggest change from console to PC is the uncapped framerate. If you have a PC up to the task, Destiny 2 will likely perform the best and play the best on PC. We just have to hope that the playerbase is large enough to compete with consoles.