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How to Pre-Load the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta

Weekend 1 of the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta will kick off on Sept. 10, 2021.
Weekend 1 of the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta will kick off on Sept. 10, 2021. / Photo courtesy of Activision

How to pre-load the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta is a question that many PlayStation players asking at the moment as they eagerly count down the hours in anticipation for their first hands-on look at the upcoming title's multiplayer mode.

For those who've pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard, you can download the multiplayer beta now to ensure you can hop right into the action starting on Friday. Here's how to pre-load the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta.

How to Pre-Load the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta

Similar to the upcoming title's alpha, Sledgehammer Games and PlayStation have unlocked the ability for PS4 and PS5 players to begin downloading the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta ahead of its official release on Sept. 10.

To begin the pre-load, players first need to go to the home page of the PlayStation Store on their console.

Now, instead of searching for the beta, players must simply scroll down on the sidebar on the left side of the screen to the "Vanguard Beta" section. In case that tab is not there, the beta listing can also be found in the "What's hot" area.

From there, hover over and select the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta square, and the download button should be in sight.

The beta's download size for PS4 users registers around 11-12 GB, while the PS5 version reportedly is surprisingly smaller at around 8-9 GB.

Since Weekend 1 of the beta is set to be a PlayStation-Exclusive Early Access period once again, those on Xbox and PC will have to wait until sometime next week to begin pre-loading Vanguard on their platforms.

Additionally, in order to be able to pre-load the beta, PlayStation players must have preordered Call of Duty: Vanguard digitally via the PlayStation Store. If you preordered the game at a retailer and/or redeemed a code on the Call of Duty site, you’ll have to wait for Activision to send out emails.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, feel free to check out our coverage of Dome and Castle reportedly set to return in the new game.