I haven't found a single source that's been reliable for the 2.0 PS3 Beta Test... Can anyone clarify who gets to play or how one can try to play the PS3 Beta? Are there no signups at all? Do you have to own ffxiii? Do you need some sort of code? These are just some of the things I've heard on different sites. Anyone know for sure?
I contacted SE directly on this so I'll do my best to answer your questions:
They told me that they have not released any information on how they are planning on choosing players for the PS3 beta. Anything else you find is most likely speculation/rumors.
Signups will begin after the official announcement of the PS3 beta, likely to be sometime this Fall.
You do NOT have to own a copy of FFXIII. The keys that were given out during the time that FFXIII was released may still be valid for the upcoming beta, however SE told me that promotion has since been ended. In other words you can no longer obtain a valid beta key for FFXIV that way.
This is just the response that I got, which is subject to change as soon as SE starts making some announcements in regards to this. The information out there on this is pretty limited right now, but I'm willing to bet that will change quite a bit after they release gameplay footage in a few days (@GamesCom 2012). Edited, Aug 10th 2012 5:32pm by Tychondrias