Summer is here, and for the gaming world, that means a relatively quiet period, but not for the fans of sports games as news about the next versions of popular sports titles are slowly starting to appear.
When it comes to football games, fans are traditionally divided between EA's FIFA series and Konami's eFootball PES, and this "eternal battle" has fans constantly arguing which football simulation is the better one, while holding tightly for their game of choice, strongly believing that the other one is an inferior game.
Konami is apparently going for "extreme realism" for PES 2022 (Picture: Konami)
If you are in PES' camp, we have great news for you, as the first official PES 2022 open beta has just started.
Well, it is not exactly PES 2022, rather a "New Football Game" as Konami is currently calling it because the first open beta is primarily focused on testing the matchmaking and other online functionalities, and the game will be officially revealed in July.
Nonetheless, if you want to have a first taste of the new PES, this is your chance, and here's how you can play PES 2022 open beta.
When is PES 2022 open beta: Test schedule
Konami has officially revealed the dates for the first open beta testing.
The open beta has already started today (24th June 2021) and it will last for two weeks, until 8th July at 12 am UTC.
How to download and play PES 2022 open beta
The open beta is called "New Football Game" (Picture: Konami)
The first PES 2022 open beta is available for console players only, and you can test it on both old and new generations of consoles.
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S
In order to participate, you will just need to download the open beta file and you are good to go.
Here's how to download the open beta.
- Go to the official store of your console
- Search for "New Football Game Online Performance Test"
- Download it.
- Start the game and that's it, you can now play it!
You don't need to previously sign up or register in order to be eligible to play the beta, it is available for everyone in all regions. You are also not required to have PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscriptions to participate in this test.
Keep in mind that the open beta is not a representation of how good the final version of PES 2022 will look like, as Konami states that "gameplay mechanics, balancing, animations, and graphics are all under development and will be improved before the official launch."
Bugs and crashes are to be expected as well, so make sure to report all the issues you have encountered over at Konami's official eFootball PES survey page.