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Published on May 3rd, 2010 | by Cameron Woolsey

Halo: Reach Beta is LIVE! [UPDATE 2]

That’s right, the hotly anticipated beta for Halo: Reach can now be played by the gaming masses. All you need to do is grab your copy of ODST and throw it in. The menu should allow you to choose “PLAY THE BETA.” The beta itself is a hefty 1.15 gigs so be sure to clear up some room beforehand.

Check out all the official Halo: Reach related news straight from Bungie:

I hope to see you on the battlefield, but be warned: I’m coming, and Hell’s coming with me.

[UPDATE]: I have to admit to feeling some frustration with the fact that once I downloaded the Reach beta I wasn’t able to play it. But apparently there is a reason why: the Bungie servers melted.

Whether that is true or false, one thing is certain: it is gonna be some time before things get better. Bungie has listed some advice in searching for games:

1. Don’t restart your search, even if load times are long. The initial load for map and game type will take a really long time, which is super lame, but once you’ve made the connection, the files will be cached to your hard drive and the next time you load to same map/game type, it should be nice and fast.

2. Don’t reboot or reload the beta. It won’t help and it will actually clear your cache, making your wait times much longer.

3. Don’t leave your party. Since everybody in the party has to load the same files, your wait is tied to other player’s download process as well. Stick with the same crew and things should iron out.

Good luck to everyone trying to play the beta. Look here for the soonest update on the situation.

The beta is fixed (kinda)! Bungie has this to say:

The Beta is not quite fully operational, but it should be moving at a pretty good clip now that our online team has applied some technological fixups. You should still expect suboptimal performance, but you should also now be getting games with relative ease. Once again, thanks for being patient. Unless of course you weren’t patient at all and you made like a million posts to the feedback forum to complain about the outage even though there were already like a million posts already made complaining about the outage. If you were that guy, thanks for nothing!

The official report is here:

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