The Starhawk Public Beta will begin for PlayStation 3 on January 18, with access given to all PlayStation Plus members and Private Beta participants, SCEE has announced.

The first stage of the public beta is followed by access for Uncharted 3 players and finally all PSN account holders.

Who gets in and when?

January 18: All PlayStation Plus subscribers and all Private Beta participants (who haven't erased their original Beta files).

February 1: Uncharted 3 guys, you will receive an email on how to access the beta. In order to get this email you'll have had to redeemed your Online Network Pass found inside the boxed copy and made sure you've opted into receiving marketing emails.

February 22: Everyone with a PlayStation Network account.

SCEE senior producer Florence Kum commented: "This is a crucial step for us as we'll be testing all sorts of things, including game balance, server traffic, and general bugs. This is also a chance for more players to finally see what we've been working so hard on. As we've been getting so much support and encouragement from fans and press alike, we're excited to spread the love and get more input to make the best game possible."

Via PS Blog