‘Halo 5’ Multiplayer Beta: How To Download

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta launches Monday for Xbox One owners who picked up The Master Chief Collection. The beta is available to download now, but some are reporting problems trying to kick it off. Here’s how to kick off the download with an alternate method in case that doesn’t work.

This is the official way to download the Halo 5 beta from The Master Chief Collection, taken straight from the instructions provided in the game case.

  1. Launch Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
  2. Press any button to launch the main menu.
  3. From the main menu, select the Extras section and press the A button.
  4. Under Extras, select Halo 5 Beta and press the A button.
  5. Follow the instructions to initiate the download.

Some Master Chief Collection users are reporting that the Extras button is currently greyed out for them, and are not able to kick off the download. Here is an alternate method to download the Halo 5 beta found by Reddit users for those that can’t get through the Extras button.

  1. Launch the Halo Channel.
  2. Start watching any Halo: Nightfall episode.
  3. Press X for Explore.
  4. Go to Rewards.
  5. Select a Nightfall armor reward for Halo 5.
  6. The download section for Halo 5 will come up.
  7. Select the Halo 5 Beta and press the A button.
  8. Follow the instructions to initiate the download.

Once downloaded and installed, you can launch the Halo 5 beta from the Extras menu in The Master Chief Collection. The beta download is approximately 10 GB is size, so plan accordingly.

The Halo 5 multiplayer beta will launch on Monday at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT, according to Studio head Josh Holmes, and will run through January 18. Four vs. four Slayer is confirmed for the “Truth” and “Empire” maps at the beta’s start. Developer 343 Industries will add more maps, modes, and weapons to test as the beta progresses.

You can check out my impressions/preview of the Halo 5 multiplayer beta I wrote for Inquisitr. I was fortunate enough to take part in a preview release of the beta last weekend.

Sound off in the comments below if you are able to download the Halo 5 multiplayer beta using either of the two methods described above. Also please leave your impressions of the changes made to Halo.

[Images via Halo Waypoint]