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Fallout 76 will have a pre-beta ‘stress test’ this weekend

It’s exclusive to select Xbox Insider members

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Some Fallout fans will be able to get their hands on Fallout 76 later this week, thanks to a “stress test” of the game that will kick off before Bethesda’s official beta. Unlike the Fallout 76 beta (branded as the B.E.T.A.), which will be open to those who pre-order the multiplayer game, the stress test will be much more limited.

In order to participate in the Fallout 76 stress test, Xbox One owners will need to have pre-ordered the game, be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber and be an Xbox Insider member. Meeting those qualifications does not guarantee a spot in the stress test, however. Bethesda will offer the stress test to select qualifying players — and only in North America.

Qualifying for Xbox Insider status is relatively easy, though. Xbox One owners simply need to download the Xbox Insider Hub app to their console.

The Fallout 76 stress test will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 13. More details about the test are available in an FAQ from Bethesda.

For the rest of us, Fallout 76’s official beta will start on Oct. 23 on Xbox One, and Oct. 30 on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. The full game will launch on Nov. 14.

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