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Destiny beta: Over 4.6 million served

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More than 4.6 million people played the beta for Bungie's Destiny, publisher Activision announced today.

The beta began July 17 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, then kicked off July 22 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One before concluding on the night of July 27. Across those four platforms, a total of 4,638,937 unique players explored the beta.

That player base makes the Destiny beta the biggest one in this console generation so far, as well as "the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in a press release today. As a comparison, Respawn Entertainment's beta for Titanfall in mid-February brought in approximately 2 million players, although it was available only on Windows PC and Xbox One.

"We were totally blown away by the number of people who played the beta," said Pete Parsons, COO of Bungie. "We surpassed even our own goals and the feedback was invaluable."

This month's beta followed a much smaller public alpha in June that was available only on PS4. Destiny is set for release Sept. 9 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more, check out our E3 coverage.

Update: The article above originally said the Titanfall beta was available on Windows PC and Xbox 360. It was available on PC and Xbox One, not Xbox 360.