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Nex Machina is getting a closed PC beta this month

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Super Stardust and Resogun developer Housemarque is hosting a closed beta for its upcoming twin-stick shooter Nex Machina.

Running from 21st April through 1st May, this PC beta will be available to "a few hundred participants" chosen at random. As such, your chances of getting in are on the slim side, but you might as well toss your hat into the ring, should you have a kit that can run it.

On that note, here are the game's PC system requirements at the moment (which are subject to change as the game is not yet fully optimised):

  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 / 8 / 7
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 or AMD FX-4300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 4 GB Video RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Input type: Xbox360 / XboxOne / PS4 controller / Keyboard and Mouse
  • Additional Notes: Requires SSE 4.1 support from CPU (Doesn't run on Phenom II)

Those chosen to participate won't be allowed to livestream their sessions, though they can capture video to later be uploaded onto YouTube once Housemarque okays it on 27th April at 3pm CET (2pm UK time).

Nex Machina is being developed with arcade legend Eugene Jarvis, the mastermind behind Robotron: 2084, Defender, and Smash TV. I played a round of it at GDC last month and have been craving a return trip ever since.

Nex Machina is due to launch this summer on PS4 and PC.

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