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Valve Seeking Hardware, Software Beta Testers

Valve has released a survey on its site seeking playtesters for hardware and software. In an announcement on the Steam forums, Valve’s Burton Johnsey writes that the company is “looking for folks to come to Valve and playtest both released and unreleased versions of our games as well as play around with some of our hardware prototypes.”

Johnsey notes that “most sessions last around an hour” and that Valve is looking for people close to its Washington headquarters in the Seattle/Bellevue area. He notes that people in other areas are welcome to fill out the survey as “we may have plans for remote playtests in the future,” though a later forum post adds “We are looking to add international support in the future. For now though, playtesting will be US only.”

Previously, Valve said that a hardware beta could come as soon as next year, though specific details haven’t been released. Valve has conducted several high-profile beta tests recently, including tests for its Big Picture mode, its new Community features and Steam for Linux.

While Valve’s hardware plans have been discussed a lot lately, it’s not clear what “unreleased versions” of its games the post is referring to.

Could it finally be Half-Life 3…?

We’ll have to wait to find out, but if you’re interested in becoming a Valve playtester, you can take the Valve Playtester Survey on the company’s official site.

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