We're having fun with the Starhawk beta – expect our impressions very soon – and after handing out 50 codes that grant access to the private beta, some of our readers are having a blast, too.

But if you weren't lucky enough to nab a code, have no fear: the public beta isn't far off. As announced at the PlayStation Blog , the closed beta will end on Tuesday, January 3, which means the open beta won't be far behind. At least, that's what we're assuming.

So those of you who picked up Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will finally get a chance to use that code. Over the next few weeks, Lightbox will give us the start dates for that public beta, and the team can gather in even more feedback, suggestions, and critique. Lest we forget, that's the entire purpose of a beta test. Of course you're going to stumble across problems. That's kinda the point; developers can fix 'em and give us a cleaner product.

At any rate, we're definitely looking forward to this one. Here's hoping that single-player campaign turns out well!

Related Game(s): Starhawk