How to Play Overwatch 2 Beta: Release Date, PC, Console, More

Blizzard has now wrapped up the Overwatch 2 beta period for PC and console players ahead of its official release, but here’s a full recap of everything there was to know about these early tests.

After years of secrecy and confusion, Blizzard has finally dropped the veil on the state of Overwatch 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the publisher’s classic FPS.

Revealing that multiple beta tests will take place in 2022, players could finally get a glimpse of what the future of Overwatch will look like – but fans had to Sign Up to be able to do that.

From Twitch drops to an overview of brand new content in the beta, here’s everything you need to know.


  • dates
  • Sign up for the Overwatch 2 Beta
  • Twitch Drops
  • System requirements

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The two Overwatch 2 betas are finally on the books after years of relative silence from Blizzard.

Overwatch 2 beta dates

The first Overwatch 2 PvP Beta ran from Tuesday 26 April to Tuesday 17 May. This gave fans three full weeks to enjoy the first build and all of its new content.

The second Overwatch 2 beta started on Tuesday, June 28 and continued until Monday, July 18.

While it initially looked like a third beta was in the cards, that’s no longer the case. Just two rounds is all fans had, as Blizzard has since confirmed that there won’t be another beta period before launch.

Sign up for the Overwatch 2 Beta

Not everyone got access to the Overwatch 2 betas, but luckily there was another way to go about it if you weren’t selected. More about the Twitch Drop system below.

Signing up:

  1. Visit the official one from Blizzard Beta Sign Up Page
  2. Sign in with you Account
    • Access is sent via e-mailso make sure you sign in with the account you want to play on
  3. Voila! You have signed up

We’ll keep the OW2 beta login information updated, should Blizzard change the process for any surprise testing over time.

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Sojourn was finally playable in the first beta test.

Overwatch 2 Beta Twitch Drops

If the above method proved fruitless, players had yet another method to fall back on: Twitch Drops.

With the first beta period, partner streamers gave beta access via Twitch Drops for a short period of time. By tuning in for a total of four hours, fans could earn their way into the Overwatch 2 Beta.

Of course this led to a huge success with almost 1.5 million viewers tuned live at launch. Ultimately, the second beta ended Twitch drops, meaning players had to pre-order or just get lucky with an invite.

System requirements

Getting access was all fair and good, but fans had to make sure their system could play Overwatch 2 safely.

Below are the minimum and recommended specs, courtesy of Blizzard:

Minimum Recommended
Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 64–bit Windows 10 64–bit
CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650 CPU: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
Memory: 6GB RAM Memory: 8GB RAM
Storage: 50GB Storage: 50GB

So that’s how fans got access to the Overwatch 2 Beta and, in turn, watched the all-new content. Looking for a quick refresh? Be sure to check out our Overwatch guides:

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