In a post on their website Bungie has announced that they have opened the Destiny Beta for all who wish to join. All you need is a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, or Xbox One. To play on Xbox 360 or Xbox One you will need an Xbox Live Gold account, and PS4 requires a Playstation Plus subscription. PS3 is able to play without any subscription to PS+. Bungie said that they have learned a lot from the Beta so far through player feedback and information gained by watching players, and that they want to expand that even further by jamming the servers with as many people as possible.
We’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots
No instructions were given as to how to download the game. Presumably you just need to head to the Playstation or Xbox store and search for Destiny. The storefronts will probably take a while to update, and then for that update to spread to all users, so just be patient and keep checking. Also, it is likely that all the new players hopping on will cause network outages for both Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. If you have trouble getting on or finishing your download just wait a little while and try again later.
The Beta is scheduled to end this Sunday, July 27th, giving you a few days to enjoy Destiny before it shuts down in preparation for its full launch. The final release of Destiny will be released on September 9th for Ps3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One
The official announcement reads:
The Beta has been eye-opening so far. We’ve watched the world of Destiny come to life. Guardians from every platform have arrived at the Tower from their battles in the wild. We have watched your adventures with great interest, and listened to your feedback. Your missions have provided us with volumes of discoveries we can use to prepare for the launch of Destiny in September.
Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test.
Today, at 4:00 PM PDT, we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. There are, of course, some requirements. You’ll need to have a compatible console equipped with PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. You’ll need to be brave.
Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play Destiny, look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon.
If you have played the Beta, please prepare for new arrivals. We know you won’t go easy on them in the Crucible. Show no mercy.