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Halo: Reach on PC could be with us a lot sooner than we expected. Microsoft has confirmed the PC beta test for Halo Reach is already primed to go live, with Microsoft taking beta sign-ups through the Halo Insider program.

The Halo Insiders program seems to operate much like the Windows Insider Programme. Players can sign up and help with testing, provide feedback, and help shape potential improvements as well as the future of the Halo series.

"Join us on the journey to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC! The Halo Insider Program is the new way you can partner with us to help improve our games via feedback and hands-on public flighting. Learn more and sign up today!" says the official Halo Twitter account.

Interestingly, according to Microsoft, this test will be taking place on Steam, although it isn’t clear whether this is instead of, or alongside, a test on the Windows Store. It’s also a little bit hazy as to whether Windows Store and Steam players will be able to play with one another, or whether they’ll be segregated. Microsoft has confirmed

You can sign up to become a Halo Insider for yourself, right over here. I went through the process and it takes a few minutes, although be warned you will be required to upload a DxDiag report to be eligible for the PC test.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is being released chronologically on PC, beginning with the Halo Reach prequel before Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and, lastly, Halo 4. Microsoft said last week these games would be beginning out later this year. From the sounds of it, that could now mean sooner rather than later.