How to play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha this weekend

Call of Duty: Vanguard is launching a public alpha test this weekend, so players can try out the new game before its November release date. While it gives players early access to the game, the alpha test won’t be live for long, and it will only be available to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users from August 28 to August 30.

If you’re interested in downloading the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha, we’ve got everything you need to know in the article below. Read on to get up to speed before dropping into the action.

Everything you need to know about the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha

The Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha will be an early-access look at the new Call of Duty before its release in November. Players will be able to try out the new gameplay, maps and a mode that the game will release with, but only a small sample of the content that will come with the full game. You’ll need a PS4 or a PS5 to play it, as the alpha isn’t available on PC or Xbox.

Players will be able to duke it out in Vanguard’s new mode ‘Champion Hill’, which is the single mode the alpha will launch with. Duos and trios of players will fight each other in smaller areas across a big map, involving buy rounds in downtime (like in Counter-Strike or Valorant) and pick-ups during battles. Rounds act as ladder matches, constantly pairing you up against different duos or trios depending on if you win or lose. If you participate in the alpha, you’ll get an exclusive Calling Card and Emblem to use in Warzone and Vanguard once it releases.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha will be free to play and free to download. Users won’t need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus to access it, unlike with other most multiplayer PlayStation games, that require you to have a PlayStation Plus subscription for online play. The alpha is available for download now until it ends on Monday.

Although you can download the alpha now, you won’t be able to play it until it goes live. The alpha begins at 3am on Saturday, August 28, and ends at 3am on Monday, August 30. It will be live for 48 hours, and it will be inaccessible once it ends.

If you miss the Vanguard alpha, you can access the beta in September. From September 11 to September 13, PlayStation players who have pre-ordered can access the game again, whereas on September 17 to September 18, Xbox and PC players who pre-ordered will be able to play (PlayStation players who have or have not pre-ordered will be able to access it at this time as well). From September 19 to September 21, the beta will be open to all players across all platforms, regardless of if they’ve pre-ordered or not.

If you’d like to pre-order Call of Duty: Vanguard on Xbox, click the link below to be taken to the Xbox store.

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha is available on both PS4 and PS5 right now, although keep in mind how big its files are! The PS4 version is a whopping 54.84GB in size, whereas the PS5 version is 21.28GB in size, so make sure your internet is up to the test before downloading the beta, let alone before downloading the full game once it comes out! You’ll want to pick up an internet plan that can handle large downloads and is ideal for intense online gaming, so keep your eye on NBN 50 or NBN 100 plans. You can find gaming NBN plans in the table below.

Gaming-ready NBN plans compared

The following table shows a selection of published gaming-ready NBN plans from Telstra and Aussie Broadband on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Cheap NBN plans compared

Not every gamer needs the fastest internet, and some people like it cheaper. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 25 and NBN 50 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 100 plans compared

If you’d like your gaming experience to have a little extra kick, these plans will do the job. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 100 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 250 & NBN 1000 plans compared

If you want an NBN plan with some serious power, an Ultra fast NBN plan is for you – albeit more expensive. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Superloop logo

Unlimited Superfast 250/25

  • Superfast 250/25 Speed (NBN 250)
  • BYO modem
  • Special offer: $99.95 for the first six months, then $119.95 ongoing

min. cost $119.95 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Platinum Unlimited

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $116.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $128.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $128.90 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $128.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)
  • Special offer: $99 for the first six months, then $129 ongoing

min. cost $129 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Superloop logo

Ultrafast 1000/50

  • Ultrafast 1000/50 Evening Speed (NBN 1000)
  • BYO modem
  • Special offer: $119.95 for the first six months, then $139.95 ongoing

min. cost $139.95 over one month

3TBMax Data**/billing period $139.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Superfast NBN

  • Superfast Speed (NBN 250)
  • Typical evening speed: 215Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard.
  • Special offer: $165 per month for the first 12 months, then $140 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 25/10/21.
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $3,459 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $140Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Diamond Unlimited

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $134.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $148.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $148.90 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $148.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power House

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)
  • Special offer: $119 for the first six months, then $149 ongoing

min. cost $149 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $149Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Ultrafast NBN

  • Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000)
  • Typical evening speed: 250Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard.
  • Special offer: $165 per month for the first six months, then $180 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 25/10/21.
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $4,419 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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