How to Get Payday 3 Beta Access – The Ultimate Guide

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Want to get your hands on Payday 3 and try out the new missions before anyone else? If so, you‘ll want beta access. In this detailed 2800+ word guide, I‘ll tell you everything you need to know about getting into the Payday 3 beta test.

As a fellow gaming and heist fanatic, I‘ve done tons of research on Payday 3‘s development. And I‘m sharing all my insights with you so you can maximize your chances of early access. Let‘s do this!

What Is the Payday 3 Beta?

First question – what exactly is the Payday 3 beta? A beta test is a limited release of the game to gather feedback before full launch.

According to Starbreeze Studios‘ CEO Tobias Sjögren, Payday 3 will have an open beta available on Steam. This lets fans try the game early while helping them squash bugs.

Public betas typically take place 2-3 months prior to release. Given Payday 3‘s planned 2023 launch, the beta will likely happen summer 2023.

Now you might be wondering – how many players actually get beta access? For reference, the Payday 2 beta had about 9000 keys for its 10,000 applicants.

So while not everyone will get in, you still have solid odds by following this guide. Let‘s get into maximizing your chances!

Follow Official Payday 3 Channels

If you want the fastest alerts on beta announcements, you need to follow Payday 3‘s official channels. Here are the main ones you should keep tabs on:

  • Payday 3 Website – Create an account at to receive email updates directly from Starbreeze. Make sure you confirm your email and opt into notifications.

  • Payday Twitter – Follow @PAYDAYGame on Twitter and turn on notifications so beta tweets don‘t get buried.

  • Payday Facebook – Like the PAYDAYGame page on Facebook to see beta announcements in your feed.

  • Payday Subreddit – Join the r/paydaytheheist subreddit to participate in beta discussions.

  • Payday Steam Forum – Bookmark the Steam forums to watch for updates from devs.

Setting up notifications across these channels is crucial for getting a jump on beta access.

Sign Up for the Beta

This one may seem obvious, but make sure you request access to the Payday 3 beta on Steam! Here‘s how:

  1. Go to the Payday 3 Steam store page.

  2. Scroll down and click the "Request Access" button under the Private Beta header.

  3. Accept the request access prompt. This adds you to the pool.

According to Steam, requesting access gives you a better chance at getting picked for popular betas. So don‘t skip this step!

Boost Your Selection Odds

While beta selection is random, certain factors can improve your chances of getting picked.

Engage with the community – Active, helpful forum members often get beta priority. Reply to threads, offer advice, and discuss game ideas.

Pre-order the game – Pre-orders frequently come with guaranteed beta access. Watch for any pre-order perks announced.

Sign up early – Signing up as soon as possible adds you to the first waves of invites.

Share your system specs – Providing your PC specs helps ensure compatibility, increasing odds of selection.

Give feedback – Candidates who provide quality feedback during other betas tend to get re-invited.

Promote on social media – Helping spread the word about the beta through likes, shares and mentions is useful.

Check eligibility daily – Log into Steam daily to see if you get the invite option, then accept quickly!

With these tips, you can push the selection algorithms in your favor. Now let‘s look at the beta process.

The Payday 3 Beta Selection Process

If all goes as expected, here is how the Payday 3 beta selection will work:

  1. Sign-ups open – Fans can request access through Steam weeks or months pre-beta.

  2. Selection begins – As beta nears, Steam starts randomized selection from request pool and send beta invites.

  3. Waves of invites – Selections are done in waves, usually over a week or two before beta launch.

  4. Redeem key – If you get an invite, you‘ll receive a unique beta redemption key.

  5. Preload & play – Redeem key on Steam to preload the beta client then play on beta start date.

So in summary – request early, hope for a key, redeem it ASAP, preload, and play! Keys are limited, so claim yours fast.

Payday 3 Beta Preview

Wondering what you‘ll get to try out in the Payday 3 beta? Based on developers‘ descriptions, here‘s an overview:


  • 3-4 missions/heists to test representing full game variety

  • Classic loud action along with new stealth options

  • New mission mechanics like player choices and branching paths

Weapons & Gear

  • Selection of favorites like assault rifles, shotguns, SMGs

  • New customization options like gun skins and attachments

  • Gadgets like drones and stealth tools to try out

Characters & Progression

  • Play as the main gang with skill trees and perks

  • XP system to level up your robber between heists

  • Social hideout space to manage loadouts


  • Revamped gun handling with recoil, aim, and reload tweaks

  • Melee combat and cover systems

  • AI behavior updates like smarter stealth and tactical coordination

  • Bug fixes and stability polishing through the beta test

This snapshot should give you a good idea of what to expect – and get you hyped up to play it yourself!

Payday 3 System Requirements

Before requesting beta access, make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements to run Payday 3:


  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290

  • RAM: 8 GB

  • Storage: 45 GB


  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600

  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 or AMD Radeon VII

  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Storage: 45 GB SSD

Benchmark your system to ensure you meet at least the minimum specs for smooth beta testing. Having headroom above the minimums is also advised.

Redeeming Your Beta Key on Steam

If Lady Luck smiles upon you with a shiny Payday 3 beta key, here‘s how to redeem it:

  1. Copy your unique beta key from the Steam email or inventory.

  2. Open Steam and click "Add a Game" in the bottom left.

  3. Choose "Activate a Product on Steam" and enter your beta key.

  4. Payday 3 will appear in your Steam library – select install!

  5. Once installed, find Payday 3 Beta in your library and launch when ready.

Once redeemed and installed, you‘ll have permanent access to the Payday 3 beta. Keep it installed so you can provide feedback regularly.

Give Valuable Beta Feedback

Getting to play early is cool and all, but remember the real goal of beta testing – improving the game with your feedback!

Here are tips for providing useful bug reports and design criticism:

  • For bugs – Document exact reproduction steps and system specs. Screenshots/videos help enormously.

  • For design – Offer specific improvement suggestions while considering overall vision. Avoid overly opinionated feedback.

  • For balance – Detail issues with difficulty, progression, mechanics in an unbiased way. Data helps quantify problems.

  • For content – Explain clearly what you find lacking or needs expansion, like missions feeling repetitive.

  • For presentation – Note any graphical, UI or UX flaws while acknowledging art is often unfinished.

  • For writing – Point out any typos, dialog issues or text errors for quick editing passes.

Providing well-structured, objective feedback is crucial during beta. And doing so will likely get you invited back for future tests!

In Conclusion

I hope these tips help you get prized access to the upcoming Payday 3 beta test! With the steps provided:

  • You‘ll be first to know when beta signups are open
  • You can optimize your chances of getting selected
  • You‘ll be prepared to redeem your key and preload smoothly
  • You‘ll know how to provide useful feedback to the devs

Stay tuned to the Payday 3 channels, request Steam access as soon as possible, and get your heisting hands ready! See you in New York when the beta hits.

Let me know if you have any other questions about getting Payday 3 beta access. I‘m happy to help a fellow fan get their foot in the vault door early!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.