Halo: Reach Beta Goes "Free", Has Over 1 Million Players

From May 14 to May 17, even those putrid, free-loading Silver Xbox Live subscribers will be able to get in on the Halo: Reach beta, Bungie throwing open the gates to both classes for a weekend of jetpack festivities.

There is a catch, of course: you still need to have a copy of Halo: ODST on-hand. But so long as you can scrounge up one of those, you'll be good to go, even if you're an Xbox 360 owner who plays Halo online and...doesn't already have an Xbox Live Gold account.

While on the subject of the beta, Bungie released some stats today covering its first 24 hours, revealing that 1,170,112 people played the game on its first day (Monday), racking up 157,972,986 kills.

No count on the number of assholes whining about something, but that's estimated to also be in the millions.