You can preload the Diablo IV beta starting this Wednesday
The Diablo IV beta starts this week and you’ll be able to preload the game beginning this Wednesday. In an updated post about the beta, Blizzard highlighted a few additional details about the content of the game during the beta period. As well as when you can install the necessary game files to be prepared for when the beta goes live.
As it turns out, you can preload the Diablo IV beta beginning on Wednesday, March 15 at 9am PST. This time is the same for all available platforms. So that means PC players, PlayStation players, and Xbox players can all access the preload. However, the preload times are not the same for both the early access beta and the open beta. Those two betas are happening a week apart.
The Diablo IV open beta preload begins March 22
If you didn’t get in to the early access beta, then you will need to wait a little bit longer to preload the game. Don’t worry though, there will still be time to install the files ahead of the beta going live. To recap, the open beta begins on March 24 at 9am PST. The preload time for this beta, which is next week, will be on March 22 at 9am PST. So you will have exactly 48 hours to get the game installed and be prepared for that Friday morning.
Those who take part in either beta weekend will want to keep an eye out for a massive world boss, Ashava. Which will only pop up at certain times and can reward “a sizable loot drop” if the boss is taken down. For the early access beta, he’ll pop up at 10am, 12pm, 10pm, and midnight PST. For the open beta he’ll appear on March 25 at all four of those same times.
Here are the beta PC specs
In addition to the beta preload times, Blizzard has also shared the minimum and recommended specs for the beta. You’re going to need at least 45GB of available space to hold the game files. So clear out some room if you’re running low.
Blizzard also recommends at least 16GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 470 GPU, and an Intel Core i5-4670K or AMD R3-1300X CPU. This is if you want to run the game at 1080p at 60 frames per second with medium graphics settings. But, you can skate by with the minimum specs which are at least 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280 GPU, and an Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8100 CPU. You’ll also need DirectX 12 regardless.