Registration opened for Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta on Xbox One through the Xbox Insider Program

Microsoft and Sega have opened registrations for a Closed Beta test for Phantasy Star Online 2 before its launch in Spring 2020 in North America. The beta test is only available to players United States and Canada on Xbox One as part of the Xbox Insider Program, and the dates for the test are yet to be announced.

Details on the game and beta can also be found on the official website. While Phantasy Star Online 2 is so far confirmed to release on Xbox One and PC in North America, the website lists a quick disclaimer in a footnote that "the Windows 10 version scheduled to launch later in 2020." The PC version is not a part of this beta opportunity, though you can still register for early sign-up.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously stated in an E3 interview that Phantasy Star Online 2 will 'end up on all platforms' though there are no hard details of an English release outside of the Windows ecosystem yet. A European release of the game has also not yet been announced.

Find the beta announcement trailer and details via Sega below. You can find the announcement trailer from E3 2019 here.


  • Early sign-up has begun for the Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta, available to US and Canada
  • The Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta is exclusive to Xbox One
  • Register from within the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device
  • Details on the start date for the closed beta will be announced at a later date

Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2), one of Japan’s biggest online RPGs, is coming soon to users in North America on Xbox One. Beginning today, players in the United States and Canada can sign up for the Closed Beta Test through the Xbox Insider Program to secure a spot and receive special rewards!

In Phantasy Star Online 2, you are a member of ARKS, a task force dedicated to exploring numerous planets and protecting the universe against a malignant force called the Falspawn. Embark on a never-ending assortment of missions with fellow operatives and experience unparalleled action RPG combat, completely free to play.

Better Together

Get ready for the ultimate online Free-to-Play experience and go out on missions with a party of up to four players or explore exclusive multiparty areas where up to twelve players can play simultaneously!

Unmatched Combat

Phantasy Star Online 2 features one of the most responsive action combat systems among online RPGs. Combo your way through multiple enemies at once and engage in unforgettable boss fights armed with highly customizable skillsets, each unique to one of nine classes and eighteen distinct weapon types.

Several Ways to Play

Switch character classes at any time to find your ideal playstyle: hack-and-slash through missions with melee-based roles or take a step back and eliminate foes by using ranged or elemental attacks! You can also customize the way you play by selecting different camera settings, including an over-the-shoulder view to aim at enemies with better precision.

Endless Exploration

Choose from multiple difficulty settings catered to your skill and character level. Jump into procedurally generated environments that reshape your adventures whenever you play and experience unexpected events and random monsters spawning with every mission!

Ultimate Character Customization

Discover one of gaming’s most powerful character creators and design the ultimate ARKS Operative. Choose from one of four distinct races and fully customize your character’s appearance with a robust yet easy-to-use system.

Take your character customization to the next level with PSO2’s ever-expanding catalog of editable accessories and layered outfits to mix and match, resulting in countless possibilities for creating a one-of-a-kind character.

Join ARKS Today!

Secure Your Spot in the PSO2 Closed Beta Test for Xbox One with Early Sign-up

NOTE: The PSO2 Closed Beta test is only available to players in the United States and Canada. You can register for early sign-up on Windows 10, but the Closed Beta is exclusive to Xbox One.

If you haven’t yet, make sure to install the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device!

  1. Navigate to the Store tab on your Xbox One console, or the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 device.
  2. Select Search and look for “Xbox Insider Hub.”
  3. Select the Xbox Insider Hub and choose “get” or “install.”

Once the app is installed, make sure to register for early sign-up for the game!

  1. Launch the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device.
  2. If this is your first time launching the app, accept the Xbox Insider Program Terms of Use.
  3. From the main dashboard, select Insider Content.
  4. Under “Games,” select “Phantasy Star Online 2.”
  5. Select “Join” to register for early sign-up.
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