Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis opens up client downloads for its beta test via the Windows Store

    
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Eager for the Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis closed beta? The good news is that it’s just around the corner, with invites already going out to people and the client available for download. The bad news? Well, remember that store front that everyone disliked because it made installing the basic game a nightmarish exercise in agony that barely worked and often involved futzing about with deep file permissions? You got it. Yes, you’re going to need to install via the Microsoft store.

Once you’re done flipping tables and cursing the heavens at this particular news, if you’re still going to take part in the test, players will need to launch the Xbox Insider App and then download the beta client. If you haven’t already downloaded and registered for the closed beta, you will (obviously) need to do that via the app first. It’s probably not welcome news for those hoping for an easier install process, but those looking forward to playing the game will need to jump through the hoops all the same.

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Drunk3nShaman

didn’t see my invite yet, signed up for beta awhile ago. Went to the insider hub on windows, clicked my beta app, clicked go to store, clicked install. works fine for me so far. 3 clicks.
Xbox App on PC is much better then windows store at least for navigation so if you have the choice (right now it’s not on the app) but I play PS02 through it and have no issues at all.

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Leyaa

Oh my goodness! I can’t believe they make the same mistakes twice! One of the reasons why I am eager to try out the new version of PSO2 was due to my hopes of a technically improved version (I got issues even without the microsoft store in PSO2) and better UI. Guess I can bury that hope…

SEGA most likely still has a contract with Microsoft, or they don’t give a damn about western players…or both.
Its hilarious how large tech corporations fail when it comes to digital distribution services… be it Google Stadia or Microsoft Store…

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EmberStar

Microsoft Store sucks deal mole eyeballs. Just the fact that it defaults to trying to jam everything into a default directory on the C: drive means I couldn’t use it if I wanted to – the C: drive on my system is a VERY small SSD. After moving everything I can to the 2 and 3 terabyte hard drives, I’ve still only got about 60GB free. I get upset when games follow “Microsoft Best Practices” and put 200MB save files there without giving me the option to change it. Trying to install PSO2 via the WinBlows Store would, I’m fairly sure, hard crash my computer when the root drive fills up and the OS chokes to death.

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Brinto Sfj

You can change the installation destination from settings. Every launcher or game installer tries to install on C if the OS is windows. It has been this way for who knows how long now! Microsoft Store however sucks balls for other reason. I tried playing PSO2 through it but after installing, it asked me to install whole lot of shit from windows store, this plugin, that codec and what not! WTF is that for? Nobody knows! So I just uninstalled PSO2 and did not even try it even after it came out on Steam.

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Drunk3nShaman

Strange I had none of that experience. Did you try the Xbox APP? or just windows store?

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psytic

Seems to be downloading just fine. Ill see if my computer blows up when I try to open it though.

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Carlo Lacsina

HAH. right I’ll just wait for the steam release

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Bruno Brito

Fool me once…

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Douglas Hopkins

I dont know the state of it today, but last night when I went to download the cbt client, I got an error message, and a quick google told me I had to uninstall my base pso2 microsoft store install for it to work. Good thing I play on Steam now or that would be very very inconvenient for my continued play of base pso2.

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Dug From The Earth

Any chance MoP will get some beta keys to give away? :P

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Dankey Kang

I don’t think you need keys. Just download the (ugh) xbox insider hub and download it from that. If they let you in then you can download the client.

I installed the hub yesterday and I’m downloading the CBT Client now. Once beta is over, I’m yeeting that xbox application off my PC.