PSA: Street Fighter 5 beta begins on PlayStation 4 tonight [Update: beta extended]

For PS4 owners that have pre-ordered their copy of Street Fighter V, their beta begins tonight at 6PM PT.

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Update: The Street Fighter V beta has not exactly gotten off to a smooth start. Numerous users have had troubles getting into games, reporting connectivity issues and unresponsive black screens. As a result, it appears that Capcom will be extending the beta period beyond its July 28 end date.

Original story: It's been a fantastic week for fighting games, culminating with the Ultra Street Fighter IV finals at EVO 2015. But now it's time to look ahead to what's next and Capcom is getting ready to release Street Fighter V. A key part of the path towards that release is ensuring the online component works, which is why the beta is kicking off tonight.

For this online-only beta, players can select between Ryu, Chun-Li, M. Bison, and Nash. That roster will expand to include Birdie and Cammy this weekend. Matchmaking will be completely random. There are no friend invites and there is no location tracking, meaning it's very possible to get connected with users in Japan. Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas indicates on the Capcom-Unity blog that this will not be the case with the final product, but the current setup will allow Capcom to test connections globally.

Capcom will also refine the beta as it goes along, bringing it down between the hours of 11PM and 1AM PT daily.

For those that have pre-ordered Street Fighter V, the beta begins tonight at 6PM PT for all PlayStation 4 owners and will run from tonight through July 28. As for PC owners, their beta will begin this fall. For more on Street Fighter V, be sure to check out our full interview from EVO 2015 with Combofiend and Matt Dahlgren.

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    July 23, 2015 5:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, PSA: Street Fighter 5 beta begins on PlayStation 4 tonight

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      July 24, 2015 12:02 AM

      kind of....

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      July 24, 2015 12:55 AM

      I wasn't able to get on at all tonight, though a few friends were briefly.

      I'm not at all upset. This is exactly what they were testing for.

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        July 24, 2015 8:39 AM

        It's shitty to go out and drive preorders with this thing and then have it completely fail to function for the first day. This is where the marketing department co-opting the term "beta" -- when what they're actually selling is a prerelease demo -- becomes a problem.

        They should at least extend the beta period by however long it takes them to get it working.

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          July 24, 2015 9:51 AM

          On the other hand, if people really feel jilted by this, it comes early enough that they can send a message by canceling their pre-order.

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          July 24, 2015 9:53 AM

          A beta is a beta, IMO its the user's fault if they don't understand what that means. I have a lot to bitch about with Capcom in general, but they're doing this correctly.

          Beta servers broke. Good, now hopefully it won't happen on launch day.

          And yes, they have extended the beta. It was at the top of the story before I posted.

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            July 24, 2015 10:25 AM

            Now if it does happen on launch day, then there's a huuuuuge problem.

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          July 24, 2015 10:30 AM

          They already said they were extending the beta

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      July 24, 2015 8:33 AM

      I got about 30-45 min of training mode with Nash. It is absolutely gorgeous in person. Can't wait to play more. I think smackpiece got in 2 online matches

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      July 24, 2015 9:09 AM

      and now it's "Postponed Until Further Notice"

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      July 24, 2015 9:13 AM

      what do i need to do to connect my 360 te to ps4

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