Fallout 76 had its first beta test on October 23. The test was only four hours long and exclusive to Xbox One, but Bethesda tweeted out that it was an “amazing start” for the game. You can watch GameSpot video publisher Ben Janca and video producer Jean-Luc Seipke play through the Xbox One beta in the video above.
All in all, everything went pretty well considering it was a beta test. Ben’s game crashed once at the start, and Jean-Luc faced some troublesome issues when trying to join a party. There were some minor performance issues, but that could have been a result of the stream. More worrying were the severe frame rate drops whenever there was more than two players fighting together and the noticeable lag when facing multiple enemies.
Prior to the beta’s launch, Bethesda released a statement that acknowledged Fallout 76 still has plenty of bug fixes and troubleshooting sessions in its future. “Given what we’re doing with 76, we know we’re opening everyone up to all new spectacular issues none of us have encountered,” Bethesda wrote. “Some we’re aware of, such as areas where performance needs to improve with lots of players.” The letter also thanked players for their continued support.
Another Fallout 76 beta–again for Xbox One–went live on October 27 and also only lasted a few hours. There’s another one for Xbox One, PS4, and PC scheduled for October 30. To be a part of the next beta, you’ll need to pre-order the game. However, even if you do pre-order Fallout 76, you might not get access to every upcoming test as Bethesda is inviting concentrated chunks of players to different betas. Fallout 76 releases on November 14 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.