Welcome To The Battlefield 3 Open Beta!

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Welcome To The Battlefield 3 Open Beta!


Starting today, we are happy to invite all PlayStation 3 players to the much anticipated Battlefield 3 Open Beta!

Played on the Operation Métro map in Rush mode that won us Best Action Game and Best Multiplayer Game at E3, this is your chance to experience one of many flavors of Battlefield 3. To download the Battlefield 3 Open Beta, just follow these instructions:

From storefront, click on Demos
Click on A-C or the ‘latest demos’ section
Locate the Battlefield 3 Beta

Alternatively you can search for the Open Beta by typing in the key word “Battlefield 3” into the search tool.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your great interest in this Open Beta. By joining, you will help us stress test servers, and allow us to run important tests on the game’s back-end and Battlelog. Remember that this software is in Beta and does not represent final quality. For a full FAQ on the Open Beta, head here.

Please leave any feedback to us at DICE via the forums in the social platform Battlelog. Make sure to also head to our free social platform Battlelog to check your in-depth stats progression, start your own Platoon, and see how your friends are doing in the news feed. To get you started on the Operation Métro map, here are some playing tips straight from us at DICE. You can also study the PS3 control scheme in the image below. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!



  1. Stick to your team mates, and remember to spawn on them to stay close to the fight.
  2. Use your kit specific abilities to help your team mates. Assault can hand out med kits, Engineers can repair vehicles, and Support can hand out ammo.
  3. Make sure, when you have armed an M-COM station, that you defend it to make sure it is destroyed.
  4. The bombed-out tunnel section in Operation Métro is an excellent place to use a flashlight as one of your weapon attachments. Use it to light the tunnels up – and to blind your enemies.
  5. Attach bipods to your weapon and deploy it automatically by pushing up against cover or going prone and zooming in – this gives you a huge increase in accuracy and stability.
  6. Use suppressive shooting (fire close to enemies behind cover) to negatively effect the enemy’s fighting capabilities.
  7. Watch out for falling debris as this can hurt you. But you can also hurt your enemies by taking out buildings with the Engineer’s RPG.
  8. Shotguns are excellent for CQC (Close Quarters Combat) in the tighter tunnels sections.
  9. Fire automatic weapons in short bursts for accuracy, or switch to single fire mode if applicable.
  10. To grab your enemy’s dog tag as a souvenir, do a stealth knife kill from behind.

You can also find more Battlefield 3 tips from the developer over at eu.playstation.com

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  • Yes…. finally i can but my hands on BF3 and get a taste of how great it is.

  • RIP original games under the avalanche of FPS game :-(

  • Been playing this for 2 days now & it’s great!

    A few bugs, Glitches, Screen Tearing & graphical Texture problems, but a great game nevertheless :)

    I’m sure DICE/EA will get it right upon release!

  • FYEAH, Dling it, ASAP, Add me, :DDDD

  • It’s even available in Germany. Get it while you still can! Sony will take this down soon!

  • Playing it all morning, really enjoying it.
    The one problem where i would fall into the map is the most annoying bug ive come across.
    The graphics are fine but the sound is top notch as usual from Dice. Also love the increased recoil, its more realistic that way.

  • So there I was creeping through the bushes trying to get to A.
    I peep my head out across the plain. Very quiet, only the whisper of the wind and the flutter of paper before me. As I turn back to head in the direction of A the prevailing sun catches something glistening in my direction. Had someone dropped a bottle? A smashed mirror in all the excitement? Then it disappears then re-appears.
    Hmmm I thought. As I was in the middle of a war zone I thought I would take a pop in that general direction. So I edged back into the bush, lined up the shining object with my AK-74M with KOBRA attached then bam! Headshot! He had no idea. That will teach him to have his sniper scope out in the sun. Another gaming moment brought to you by BF3.

    Oh and please can we have a Battlelog Iphone app please!!

    • Thanks for that nice write-up of a Battlefield moment, funkpower! :) Battlelog is designed to be available everywhere, including on the go. Stay tuned for more news on that.

      /Tommy Rydling, DICE

  • Why is this not on the Playstation Store in the United States? (NY)

  • Having a blast thanks DICE :D

  • Amazing game only problem i have at mo is make a squad we all boot in game on diffrnt sides. oh well its only a beta

  • After a long wait I would love to join you guys. However when I go to download it off PS Store it says “unable to access on this account” Any one know whats up with that? (Really irks me because everything I own is Sony, from hd camcorder to paid in full preorder of 3d tv, sony hd tv, even my stand is sony, so return the love please)

  • Tommy, is that a little hint of an app?

    The action moves into the metro a subway that has seen better days. Dark, damp, Lots of electrical sparks, derailed trains and a general sense of devastation. Up ahead a lot of cross firing can be seen, crys of medic can be heard! The decent thing would be to go head on into the battle to save an injured marine. But that cross fire is too heavy, risking your own life is not an option. I decide to duck into a service shaft, lights are flashing, water dipping, dust in the air. The bullet sounds can be heard echoing through the tunnel. I eventually reach a doorway which leads to a room with beaten up lockers. Signs of life are all but left in a hurry. Whilst looking at the lockers a torch light can be seen lighting up the door way to the locker room. I duck down behind a collapsed locker against the damaged wall. I hear voices. Not what I would recognise as my own squad. I launch a grenade in the general direction of the voices. Double kill. I continue to run to the squad member laying amongst the debris. Defib then back into the action.

    Another BF3 gaming moment….

  • Been playing this for 2 days now, and it is quite fun. Little disappointed with the graphics, though. Texture popping is very common. Gameplay makes up for it, but I hope the final product is more polished.

  • How come I cannot join my buddies? I can press X as often as I want but nothing happens.
    Quickmatch also only works every other time. Sometimes it even freezes my PS3.

  • Absolutely loving the game but I have picked up on a few big problems. Since a few months ago, I became very recon orientated in BC2 and am continuing that trend into this game for the foreseable future. Sadly, there is a problem where if I get shot at, it lags to the point that anything I do has no effect. If I was assault, then I can get around lag by shooting more but with recon, you need to be precise and when I have to aim and get that crucial shot in to save my life, the lag stops me even shooting, let alone aiming.

    Also, when I am playing with a friend in a self created squad, I can’t hear my friend and he cannot hear me yet when I play in a game on my own, I get a really loud, inaudible hum from all the headsets in the game at once, not just my squad. Plus I cannot mute anyone. This means that to simply be able to hear the game, I have to turn my headset on and leave it on the table. Yet when playing with friends, there is no point in even turning the headset on. Will this be corrected in the final build?

    Other than that, the game is solid. Can’t wait to get some bolt action rifles. This should be a very good game indeed. Just fix the lag and headset issues

  • i played this for while to give it a chance
    but being honest i hated this

  • @funkpower
    u should write books with the stories u come up with if that really happened u would have killed way b4 u lined up the shot on the guy ur probably someone that worked on the game trying to big it up

  • Hey Guys,
    I was just wondering if anybody had any input on my problem. When I go to download the Beta the Playstation Store says “unable to access on this account.” I’d be thankful for any input. :)

  • the unable to access on this account error means it probably has not unlocked for you yet.
    I tried downloading it yesterday on my other account without the MoH pass activated on it and got the same error.

    Tommy, if we switch from the ps3 beta to PC will we still have access to the same soldier or do we have to start another one from scratch?
    Tried asking this on battlelog but have not got a answer yet.
    I really need to try it on PC as its where ill be buying the game, but I don’t want to start from scratch so if I have to I think ill stick to ps3 for now. I want to try it on PC to see if I need to upgrade anything, but I don’t need to try it that badly that I’m willing to start all over from scratch again.

  • PLEASE give us an option to turn down the graphics. The graphics have increased so much that it’s near impossible to spot enemies near bush. BC1 was perfect, BC2 improved the graphics so it was harder to spot enemies, now BF3 has gone even further! It’s a real eye strain now. I’d prefer low textures over high resolution or anti-aliasing.

    Apart from that, the SOUND is AWESOME! best improvement is the movement though, feels fluid like Brink.

  • muzzar69, it’s a beta, your stats will be reset in 10 days, not even a demo would allow that!

  • @2 – Glad to see I’m not alone in thinking that.

  • thanks Tommy…Dice..for the total crap early access,…you said 48 hours,..i thought bad,…but better than nothing,…turns out it wasn’t even 36hrs,..not that it matters,..the 12hrs,..lol…just hate getting lied to and taken for a idiot,…ie buying the ‘avarage’ limited/tier1 MOH ..shortly after release Solely to get into the, ..what i thought would be limited spaces B3 beta,…you can probably imagine how idiotic i now feel….great beta,…sure the end result will make it a very good play/purchase,…sad that i don’t allow myself the luxery of forgiving people/company’s who’ve scammed me,so looks like you’s have just handed activision’s cash cow yet another mug,…still at least there be no crap zombies stopping me from earning a plat in mw3…..btw am not mad cos everyone and thier dog can get on b3 beta,…only at the ‘Cheap’ marketing ploy that got me and loads of others to buy moh,….b4 it ended up in the £10 bin,…..

  • its not working for me why is it not working

  • Svenskar & Nordmenn er velkommen till BF3 klanen TheAvalanche.se! =)

  • One bug, if you are zooming your weapon with “ACOG” or other and then you press “Square” to reload, so you are not able to zoom again the L1 button seems to be not functionnal. Solution change weapon with pistol then come back to primary weapon and all is ok.

    thanks for reading and sorry for my english i’m french

  • Not working for me it said cant with my account mm will try later…

  • Same for me in Germany. it also said: Not working with your account.

    I think the PSN-Servers are temporarly overloaded

  • Ya i think anyway its sure i will play with you all soon ^^

  • Only had a couple of games,and it’s nice.It plays well enough,I like the slow approach,and parts of the map fit that.The surround sound is awesome as ever.
    I don’t think it looks very good.Some effects are nice,I really like the intensity of the flashlight,but overall it looks flat and a bit meh.PC version looks good,but PS3 no.

    First trailer wowed me,I was ready to spend big on a new PC,but with every other trailer and footage,i’ve been getting less impressed :/ and i’ll probably skip it now.

  • i cant download from ps store , there said, you cannot acced to this content with your account ,:(

  • Just a quick add,if it had Move support i’d probably buy it during early 2012.

  • I GONNA CRY “Not working with your account”

  • @Wetrox47
    Sounds like your PSN hasn’t unlocked it yet.

  • um.. can someone help me i tried to download the beta but it said “This content cannot be accessed on your account” can someone help me?

  • Mine keeps loading and loading. I haven’t read anything similar to anybody else. Is it happening to me only?

  • under maintenance
    :@ :@ D:

  • @Coleguilla

    Had it happen during a game,think I got a connection error and it kept loading.

  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!ª!!

  • @shedboy90

    See you on the Battlefield 3.

  • @Wetrox47
    You should be good once maintenance is over,i’m guessing it’ll unlock for you then.It’s only supposed to last 2 hours,so it’s a fairly short maintenance.

  • Dont quote me on that :) it’s purely speculation.

  • So i come home, i spend like 20 minutes downloading the beta, and then the PSN goes down for maintenance. Good timing Sony…

  • @Tommy Ridling
    After putting roughly 8 hours into the beta (I had early access) and reaching level 16 or so, I’m going to stop playing and return to BFBC2. I like the gameplay, unlocks, improved graphics and superb sound but the beta is broken. I can’t play it with my friends. We end up in different squads and if, by some weird chance, we manage to keep together after joining a match, I can’t communicate with them! Headsets are not working at all (or I hear random people).
    That’s why I’ll be adding some more gameplay to those 800+ hours I have in BFBC2, in hope for better future and full game release. For now, I’m really disappointed. How can you put up a test of a team game and not allow teams to play it? I remember BFBC2 beta, teams were there and I met terrific people playing the game.

    Playing BF with strangers is like trying to throw a good party at a train station. Not to mention everybody is deaf…

  • how many time left :(?+

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