Why wait until January 11th? Get into DCUO now!

If you're the type who delicately peels the corner from your Christmas presents to take a small peek, you might be interested to see what we have for you today. Santa's little helpers at SOE have given us 5,000 DC Universe Online beta keys to distribute to the Massively readers in anticipation of the January 11th launch. Not only that, but these keys are available for both PC and PlayStation 3 versions!

To grab a key for yourself, simply head on over to our giveaway pages (one for PC and one for PS3) and click the redeem button at the bottom. Be sure to read through the complete instructions for the appropriate platform you'll be using or follow along after the break for info and a download link right here. Good luck!

PC Beta Details

In order to access the DC Universe Online Beta server, you will need to enter the Beta Key into your Station account by visiting www.dcuniverseonline.com and entering the key code in the box on the Home Page under the call-out "Redeem Your Code." If you do not have a Station account, you will need to create one by going to Station.com and clicking on the "Sign Up" button on the right end of the top navigation bar.

Once you have created a Station account and entered the key above, follow the steps below to obtain the appropriate files. You may download the appropriate installer from here.

To get into the game:
  • Enter the web address into your web browser.
  • Enter your Station Name and Password and click "Log In."
  • Click the "Download" button to start the download of the Beta Software "Patcher."
  • When prompted, click "Save." You may save the file to a location of your choosing. The file is called DCUO_Beta_setup.exe.
  • Once the download has completed, browse to the location the file was saved to.
  • Double click DCUO_Beta_setup.exe to begin installation.
  • Select "Install" to install the software or "patcher" to the default directory (recommended).

Once installation is complete, the patcher will automatically launch. An icon will be placed on your desktop for future use. Enter your Station Name and password at the prompt and click "Log In." If this is your first time running the Beta Software Patcher, you will be prompted to accept the Terms of Use and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Click "I Accept" if you agree to the terms of the agreement. A file check will begin. Once it is complete, the DC Universe Online Beta will begin installing on your computer. Once the download has completed, click "Play" to launch the game.

PS3 Beta Access

In order to access the DC Universe Online Beta, you will need to obtain the appropriate files and a Beta Key. You will initiate the download of the beta game files by logging into your PlayStation®Network account and entering the Voucher Code you received using the instructions below:
  • Navigate through the PlayStation®3 system XMB to the "PlayStation Network" tab.
  • Create a PlayStation Network account (or login using your existing PlayStation Network account).
  • Scroll down and select "Account Management"
  • Select the "Redeem Codes" icon
  • Enter the Voucher Code and then click "OK", then follow the instructions to download

Please note a beta key can only be redeemed once. If this is your first time downloading the DCUO Beta Software installer, you will be prompted to accept the Terms of Use Agreement and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Click "Accept" if you agree to the terms of the agreement. A file check will begin. Once it is complete, the DC Universe Online Beta will begin installing on your PlayStation®3 system. Once the download has completed, click "Play" to launch the game. Once installation is complete, you should see a DCUO Beta icon on your PlayStation Network cross-media bar.

This article was originally published on Massively.