Call of Duty Elite
The Xbox 360 Call of Duty head start doesn't just apply to DLC, where the platform enjoys a limited period of exclusivity; it also applies to the forthcoming suite of services known as Call of Duty Elite. Or, rather, applied. The Xbox 360 beta program kicked off over two months ago but today, Activision has announced that the beta is also available for PlayStation 3.

"Beta testers can take their current Call of Duty multiplayer experience to the next level by jumping into the Beta version of the Call of Duty Elite service, as beta access will start to be activated in stages, with limited invitations rolling out effective today," the press release reads. The beta is of course limited to Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the full feature set locked until Modern Warfare 3 hits retail on November 8.

While many of Elite's most popular services will be free, a $50/year premium subscription will also be available, which notably includes a year's worth of DLC for the game. Whether premium -paying PS3 players will still have to suffer through Xbox exclusivity is unclear; we've asked Activision to clarify. Until then, if you want in on the beta, head to www.callofduty.com/elite and enlist!
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Call of Duty Elite Beta Now Available on PlayStation 3

We are thrilled to announce that the Call of Duty® Elite Beta, utilizing Call of Duty®: Black Ops, is now available on PlayStation® 3. Beta testers can take their current Call of Duty® multi-player experience to the next level by jumping into the Beta version of the Call of Duty Elite service, as beta access will start to be activated in stages, with limited invitations rolling out effective today. The PlayStation community will have the opportunity to connect, compete, and improve through Call of Duty Elite and Play Together Better.

The Call of Duty Elite Beta, utilizing Call of Duty: Black Ops, will test select features and functionality, including stat tracking, the use of custom player groups, competitive events and video sharing. A major upgrade of additional features will come to Call of Duty Elite at its official launch on November 8th with Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 3.

Premium members of Call of Duty Elite will also receive all downloadable content for the new blockbuster title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. All of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC, 20 pieces of new in-game content, will be available monthly during the 9-month DLC season. But for those still waiting to sign-up, DLC will still be available a la carte too.

To register for the beta, go to www.callofduty.com/elite. For additional Call of Duty Elite updates, frequently asked questions and additional information on the premium component to Elite, visit www.facebook.com/callofdutyelite, and also via Twitter @CallofDutyElite.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.