Concord beta start time, release date countdown and how to play early access weekend

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✓ At a glance
  • Concord will have two beta periods, one for players who have pre ordered and an open beta
  • The pre order beta period will run from July 12-14
  • The open beta will run from July 18-21

Sony’s new multiplayer shooter is ready to come out in beta format. Helldivers 2 has been a massive success for Sony, and obviously Sony hopes the same will be true for Concord. Here you will find the Concord beta release date and start time countdown for when it will come out on PS5 and PC, along with how to play the early access weekend.

The full release date for Concord was announced at State of Play earlier this year. This was the full reveal of the game, and many got the impression that it is Guardians of the Galaxy meets Overwatch. If you’re on PC, the unfortunate news is that the game will require a PSN account despite the recent controversy that flawed Helldivers 2.

While the reception to the game hasn’t been remarkable, the good news is that players can soon participate in a demo. The release date and start time countdown to the beta is almost over provided you’re opting for the early access weekend.

Concord beta start date: Haymar posing against a blue and white background with her name written in red block text at the bottom.
All characters will be available for the next beta period. Image via PlayStation Publishing

Concord beta release date

The release date for the early access Concord beta on PS5 and PC is July 12th, meanwhile, the open beta release date is July 18th. All of this comes courtesy of the official PlayStation Blog announcement.

The early access demo will last until July 14th, meanwhile, the open beta will run from July 18th until the 21st. If you’re not fully convinced on buying the game, the open demo will be your best opportunity to play it before its full launch.

When does the Concord beta start?

The start time for the Concord early access weekend beta is 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM BST on July 12th. These launch hours apply to both PS5 and PC, and they come courtesy of Press Start which has all the launch times listed for Australia.

If you’re waiting for the open beta, it will presumably begin at these same exact launch hours but on July 18th. As for the full game’s launch, it will completely come out on August 23rd.

Concord beta start time US

  • 10AM PT on Friday, July 12th
  • 1PM ET on Friday, July 12th

Concord beta start time UK

  • 6PM BST on Friday, July 12th

Countdown

Below is a countdown to the demo’s launch:

How to play early access weekend beta

You must pre-order any edition of the game to play the early access demo. You will be given five redeem codes upon pre-ordering, so you could share four of these codes with different individual friends so they can join in for free.

Pre-order bonuses

Below are the price and pre-order bonuses for each edition of the game (via PSN store):

Standard edition – £34.99:

  • Open beta early access: Includes five codes, one for you and four friends
  • Vale’s Monarch Pack:
    • Frontliner Sniper Skin
    • Dead Reckoner Weapon Skin Pack

Deluxe edition – £49.99:

  • Open beta early access: Includes five codes, one for you and four friends
  • Vale’s Monarch Pack:
    • Frontliner Sniper Skin
    • Dead Reckoner Weapon Skin Pack
  • 16 character skins.
  • Up to 72-Hours Early Access for the full game (starting August 20th)

PC system requirements

Below are the minimum and recommended system requirements for PC:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 bit (Creators Update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
  • Storage: 30GB SSD

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 bit (Creators Update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • Storage: 30GB SSD

And that’s everything you need to know about Concord. Hopefully the beta delivers a fun experience as the reveal trailer was underwhelming with only snippets of gameplay and too much Guardians of the Galaxy tropes.

About the Author

Alex Raisbeck

Alex is a Guides Writer for VideoGamer. He is an indie gaming obsessive with a soft spot for Zelda, roguelikes, and Football Manager, as well as an unhealthy relationship with his backlog.

Concord

  • Release Date: 23 August 2024
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5
  • Genre(s): First-Person Shooter, Shooter