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Valve Wants You To Test 'Unreleased Games, Hardware Prototypes'

Tom Hopkins


Valve wants the public to test never-before-seen games and hardware products, according to a post on the Steam forums.

Published on Oct 9, 2012

Valve is hoping that members of the general public will visit its offices to "playtest both released and unreleased" games and get hands on with "hardware prototypes," according to a forum post by a Valve employee.

Valve is not currently known to be working on any unreleased games - unless you count DotA 2, still in beta. Or Half-Life 3.

News of Valve's hardware efforts has been trickling online in recent months.

"We're 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," wrote BurtonJ. "If you have interest in stopping by (most sessions last around an hour), please fill out the survey below. We're looking for people local to the Seattle/Bellevue area, but you're welcome to fill out the survey no matter where you live as we may have plans for remote playtests in the future. Thanks for your interest in helping us make better products!"

You can hit the link to take the Playtester survey though Valve confirmed that it is "looking to add international support in the future. For now though, playtesting will be US only."

Closed betas on Steam are nothing new, but opening up its doors to the public is definitely a new move for Valve. What sort of hardware will it be testing? Most likely the AR headset (pictured) which has been discussed by Valve recently - some of the survey questions as kabout motion sickness (click to enlarge):

 

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