The Fallout 76 beta is live for Xbox One and players are already running into issues with the test version of Bethesda’s new game.
After a long wait, Bethesda’s finally launched an early version of Fallout 76. The beta requires a pre-order and it’s currently restricted to the Xbox One. It opens up to PS4 and Windows PC players starting next week.
While the beta is the full game, it’s not the finished version. And as such, it’s plagued with a variety of problems ranging from installation issues to glitches to download issues to performance problems.
The beta’s only been live for a short time so the current list of problems is short, but we expect the list to grow rapidly as more people join the beta and start stress testing it ahead of its official arrival in November.
While some early Fallout 76 beta problems will require a fix from Bethesda, others can be manually fixed. In this guide, we’ll take you through the most common Fallout 76 beta issues and walk you through some potential fixes.
Fallout 76 Beta Login Failed Issue
If you run into an error that says “Login failed. This account lacks the required entitlements” there’s no need to worry.
The reason the game is telling you this is because the Fallout 76 beta servers aren’t online. Remember, the Fallout 76 beta won’t be active 24/7.
Instead, the company will use “targeted timeframes” so that it can get as many people as possible playing at the same time. The first session stretches from 7 PM to 11 PM EST on October 23rd.
Bethesda also says that on “any given day” the beta might be up and running for anywhere between four to eight hours. It says it will continually do this “again and again” from the start of the beta until the official release in November.
Keep an eye on Bethesda’s social media accounts information about when the beta is live for your platform.
Fallout 76 Beta Download Problems
The Fallout 76 beta requires a significant chunk of space on your internal storage. Xbox One users are looking at an initial 48GB download.
If you’re trying to download the Fallout 76 beta on your console and the download gets stuck or is taking way too long to finish, here are a few things to try.
If your download suddenly stops before 100% you’ll want to pause the download, wait a few seconds, and start the download again.
If that doesn’t work, you can try cancelling the download and starting the download again.
If you’re experiencing abnormally slow download speeds, try plugging an ethernet cable directly into your console. This could dramatically speed up the download, especially if the console is far away from your router.
If speeds don’t improve, try restarting your router. Unplug the power from your router, wait a minute or two, plug it back in, and try to download the beta again.
Fallout 76 Beta Invalid Code Problems
Some people who pre-ordered are running into issues with an invalid Fallout 76 beta code.
If you pre-ordered the game through a third-party retailer like Amazon, you’ll need to log into the Bethesda.net account you plan to use with the beta.
When you go to redeem your code make sure you include dashes when entering the code. If you don’t use the dashes, it will tell you it’s invalid.
If you saw an “Invalid Code” error after you try and redeem your code on your Bethesda.net account, there’s a chance the code has already been redeemed for that account. To check this, take a look at your Transaction History.
Fallout 76 Beta Installation Problems
Storage issues can sometimes prevent a game from properly installing on your console. If you’re having issues installing the Fallout 76 beta, you’ll want to check your storage.
If you’re playing the game on the Xbox One, go to the My Games and Apps section and check how much storage you’ve got on your internal and/or external storage. Again, you’ll need at least 48GB of free space available in order to install the beta.
If you’re positive you have enough free space on your storage, but Fallout 76 beta still won’t install properly, try hard resetting your console.
To do this you’ll want to press and hold onto your console’s power button until it shuts off. After that, power it back on and try the installation again.
Fallout 76 Beta Connection Issues
Fallout 76 is an online game and connection problems are going to be extremely common during the beta and in the final version. Some of these issues might be planned.
First, you’ll want to check Bethesda’s social media accounts for announcements regarding downtime or widespread server issues. If there’s a major problem, you’ll find out about it there. You might also want to check out Bethesda’s Fallout 76 beta forums.
There’s also a chance your issues are related to an Xbox Live outages or technical issues. If you’re playing the beta on an Xbox One, check the status of Xbox Live here.
If you’re there isn’t a widespread or planned outage, try running an ethernet cord from your router to your console and see if your issues are related to your wireless connection.
If that doesn’t work, try rebooting your router. Unplug the router for a minute and plug it back in to see if that resolves the problem.
If that doesn’t work, try power cycling the console.
Fallout 76 Beta Freezing Problems
If your game suddenly locks up, you’ll want to force close the game and/or restart your console.
Fallout 76 Beta Sound Problems
If your game’s sound suddenly cuts out, try minimizing to the Xbox dashboard and then going back in. If you still don’t hear anything, you’ll want to close the game and open it.