Diablo 4: All Beta Details - Start, Content, Preload

Published: Mar. 17, 2023
Updated: Jan. 29, 2024

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On Friday, 17 March, the Early Access Beta of Diablo 4 will finally begin, and on the following weekend, all interested players can participate in the open beta. We tell you what to expect in the beta, when you can start, and when the preload begins.

Here's what the two beta phases are all about: Those who pre-ordered Diablo 4 or got their hands on one of the coveted beta keys can already play in the early access beta from March 17th to 20th. An open beta for all interested parties will begin one week later and run for one weekend from March 24th to 27th, 2023.

Diablo 4 Beta Start Times and Preload

As mentioned at the beginning, there will be two beta phases, each lasting one weekend:

  • Early Access Beta: March 17th at 9 a.m. PDT and concludes March 20th at 12 p.m. PDT.
  • Open Beta: March 24th at 9 a.m. PDT and concludes March 27th at 12 p.m. PDT.

Developer Blizzard will also provide a preload, allowing you to download Diablo 4 in advance to get started right at launch.

  • Early Access: Early Download begins Wednesday, March 15th at 9 a.m. PDT
  • Open Beta: Early Download begins Wednesday, March 22nd at 9 a.m. PDT

System Requirements of the Diablo 4 Beta

Blizzard has announced the official system requirements for the start of the beta. It is important to know that the ARPG should also run on weaker systems, but the game experience will be significantly affected.

Minimum requirements (PC)*

Setup to play the Diablo IV open beta at 1080p native / 720p rendered resolution, minimum graphics settings, and 30 FPS.

  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8100
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Hard disk: SSD with 45 GB available space
  • Internet: Broadband connection

Recommended System Requirements (PC)

Setup to play the Diablo IV beta at 1080p resolution, medium graphics settings, and 60 FPS.

  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K or AMD R3-1300X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Hard disk: SSD with 45 GB available space
  • Internet: Broadband connection

What can You Expect from the Diablo 4 Beta?

During the Diablo 4 Beta, you have access to the story's first chapter, including all the associated main and side quests. In addition, there is a world boss and, at the start of Early Access, 3 of the 5 classes.

These Classes are Available for Selection

Diablo 4 will provide 5 classes at release, all of which you can play during the beta. You can create a total of 10 characters to really try out all combinations. However, there is a small restriction:

  • Early Access Beta
    • Wizard
    • Barbarian
    • Hunter
  • Open Beta
    • Wizard
    • Barbarian
    • Hunter
    • Druid
    • Necromancer

So you see, the Necromancer and the Druid, both very popular classes among Diablo fans, will not be available at the start of the Early Access Beta. However, they will be available for the open beta the following weekend.

You can Expect the First Chapter of Diablo 4

Throughout the beta, you can play the prologue and the story's first chapter. You can level up your characters to level 25 and defeat all side missions, dungeons, events and even a world boss.

  • Level up to level 25 in the Shattered Peaks.
    • Complete a main quest consisting of several acts.
    • Complete 24 side quests.
    • Complete 23 dungeons.
    • Find 28 Altars of Lilith.
    • Explore 83 areas.
    • Conquer 3 bases.
    • Find 7 waypoints.
  • You can also defeat one of the world bosses named Ashava.

This is the World Boss you will Encounter

Ashava is the only world boss you can defeat during the beta. It is a huge hellhound, after whose victory you will be rewarded with rich loot. However, there is one decisive factor: the limited spawn time:

  • March 18th at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight PDT
  • March 25th at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight PDT

More about Diablo 4

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Sascha Asendorf is the co-founder of Guided.news and has been running online magazines in the gaming sector since 2013. Starting with a strong focus on survival games, Sascha now deals a lot with role-playing games and is an expert on survival and RPG titles like Conan Exiles, Baldurs Gate 3 & Cyberpunk 2077.
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