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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: Do You Need PS Plus to Play MW3 Beta? Answered

Do you need PS Plus for MW3 open beta access? Find out here.

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 beta has officially begun in anticipation of the game’s full release. The open beta takes place over two weekends, with Weekend One being devoted to PlayStation users. Understandably, you might be wondering whether you need a PS Plus subscription to participate in the MW3 beta. We’ve got your answer here.

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Do You Need PS Plus to Play MW3 Beta? Answered

Yes, you need PS Plus if you are playing the beta on PlayStation. Additionally, you need internet access, as is true for any multiplayer Call of Duty game. PS Plus Essential grants PlayStation users internet access for multiplayer games, and is the least expensive option for online gameplay. Here’s everything included in PS Plus Essential for $9.99/month:

  • Monthly games
  • Online multiplayer
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Exclusive content
  • Cloud storage
  • Share play
  • Game help
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There’s no avoiding subscription services these days, and all signs point to online console gamers having to deal with them for the foreseeable future. However, the open beta has now begun, so PlayStation users participating in Weekend One no longer need to pre-order to load up the beta.

The Modern Warfare 3 Beta will conclude on October 16, so you’ll want to dive in as soon as you can. I recommend you preload the game ahead of your expected playtime because the download is quite sizable at 125GB. However, the MW3 beta itself is only 24.813 GB. So if you have Modern Warfare 2 already on your PlayStation, you can expect a speedy download for the beta.

Well, that answers if you need PS Plus to play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 beta. We’ve got plenty more coverage for the upcoming release, like how to get and redeem MW3 beta codes, and more at our guides hub here. 


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Maddison started her gamer journey traversing the lands of Runescape and World of Warcraft. These days, she can be found playing just about anything, but a lot of her free time is spent playing FPS games like Fortnite, CoD and Valorant. She's been with GameSkinny since February 2023, and has a BA in Art History.