Called the Break It Early Test Application (B.E.T.A.), Bethesda announced the beta during its E3 presentation.
Fallout 76 is an online-focused Fallout game, and as such it will be getting a beta ahead of launch to test online servers and spot any glaring issues in the online experience. According to the FAQ, pre-ordering Fallout 76 is "the only way to get access to the beta" (emphasis added).
"Do you have nerves of steel?" It is unknown when the B.E.T.A.is expected to take place or how long Xbox One users will have early access to it.
Bethesda already announced that Fallout 76 will launch worldwide on November 14 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out the latest trailer for the game that debuted during the Bethesda conference at E3.
"The B.E.T.A. will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on PC (via Bethesda.net)". Stay tuned for exact timing for each platform here and @Fallout on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Multiplayer is a new area for Bethesda Game Studios (ESO is handled by Zenimax), so hopefully we'll see the beta sooner rather than later. Numerous big online games these days offer early beta access (among other exclusives) on certain platforms. PS4 and PC beta access will follow after an unspecified period of time.
For those who preorder the game and go ahead and get their code, you can start the redemption process now so you're ready when the beta is released.