Update: 360 connection issues should now be resolved.
Update: 360 servers are working now for some.
Update: the beta is now live on PSN in North America; the 360 version is currently experiencing connection issues, but DICE is on it, so hang tight.
The early access beta for Battlefield 3 has been going on a couple days, but now everyone can get in on the action: it's gone public. Well, almost everyone: PlayStation 3 users in North America will have to wait until later today.
Before we get to the download instructions, remember first this is a beta, and we can tell you right off there are issues, many of which are likely to be fixed by launch. To help with the process, be sure to make reports through Battlelog.
Second, for the PC crowd, remember this is 32 player Rush and as those who've gotten a sneak peek at the Caspian Border map will tell you: it's not traditional Battlefield. If you're expecting that, wait for Caspian and the other Conquest 64 maps -- trust us on that. That said, it's a grand old time for what it is.
See below for download instructions, and while you're waiting, give our preview a read.
PlayStation 3 (U.S.)
From storefront, click on View All By Title
Click on B
Click on Battlefield 3
Locate the Battlefield 3 Beta
PlayStation 3 (Europe)
From storefront, click on Demos
Click on A-C
Locate the Battlefield 3 Open Beta
The Battlefield 3 Open Beta will be visible in the Xbox Live Marketplace under Demos, or you can go to Xbox.com via this link and add the Open Beta to your Xbox 360 download queue automatically.
If you have already installed our new download service Origin, go to the section “Free games”, where the Battlefield 3 Open Beta will appear for download. You can also head to this product page via the web. If you have not installed Origin yet, it will ask you to do so before proceeding with the download of the Open Beta itself.