Halo Infinite's first beta officially begins on July 29

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: 343 Industries)

Update 8:34 p.m. ET: Updated the post to add the beta test start date.

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has announced that the first Halo Infinite beta test will begin on July 29, 2021 and will run until August 1, 2021.
  • A stream that details its contents will begin at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET on July 28 on both the official Halo Twitch and YouTube channels.
  • Right now, we know that the beta test will focus on the core gameplay, AI bots, weapon training drills, and the UI.

Emails sent out to Halo Insiders have revealed that the official start date for the first Halo Infinite beta test is July 29. The test will conclude on August 1, meaning that it will run for the full weekend. Before the test begins, 343 Industries has announced that it's going to give fans a closer look at the contents of the test in a July 28 livestream. The livestream is slated to begin at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET and will be hosted on the official Halo Twitch channel as well as the Halo YouTube channel.

Based on the latest official Halo Infinite blog post, we can expect the beta test to focus on Halo Infinite's core multiplayer gameplay experience against AI bots, the game's UI, and its Academy weapon drills that players can use to warm up or sharpen their skills. We're expecting plenty of additional details to be provided in the livestream, so make sure you tune in if you're interested in helping the developers test Halo Infinite yourself.

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Are you excited about Halo Infinite's first official beta test? Let me know. To have a chance at participating in it yourself, you'll need to sign up for the Halo Insider Program. For details on how to do just that, make sure you catch our guide on How to play the Halo Infinite beta.

Halo Infinite is expected to launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 (and Windows 11) PCs for $60 in Fall 2021. The multiplayer will be free, however, so keep that in mind if you mostly stick to PvP.

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  • I received the invite, out of town that whole time 😭 may squeeze in time Thursday night at best
  • Lucky! I hope you get a chance to play it. For all of us that didn't get the invites.
  • Come up off that email and password or the hunt begins! You have 2 mins to decide
  • How did u get invite? By email?
  • Yes, here's part of the email I got. Haven't received the second email yet. "This email is to confirm your selection and inform you that you will receive all the details for this flight, including instructions on how to download your pre-release build, in the next few days via email and Waypoint message."
  • Got mine today as well! Super keen for it and nothing planned all weekend!
  • When did you sign up to join the insiders?
  • I signed up when they first started flighting Halo MCC on PC.