No, there’s no Halo: Infinite for the launch of the Xbox Series X|S, but that doesn’t meant there won’t be a ton of Halo to play on those new consoles next month. Microsoft have confirmed that there will be a free Xbox Series X|S upgrade for Halo: The Master Chief Collection to take advantage of the huge amount of added power that the new consoles offer.
Those optimisations will enable 120FPS play in both Campaign and Multiplayer, as well as split-screen improvements that allow for up to 4K on Xbox Series X.
The upgrade will be coming for free to existing owners and those with Xbox Game Pass on 17th November.
It's time to dust off the ol' Needler.
✅ Fully Optimized on Series X|S
✅ 120 FPS in Campaign & Multiplayer
✅ Split-screen improvements & up to 4K on Series X
✅ Available for free to existing owners or those with @XboxGamePass on November 17 pic.twitter.com/Ufusdsyd8C
— Xbox (@Xbox) October 20, 2020
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a huge collection of almost every single first person shooter in the Halo series. Launching back in 2014 for Xbox One, it features Halo 2: Anniversary alongside upgraded ports of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. That later expanded to include Halo 3: ODST in 2015, and just last year, Halo Reach.
While the campaign gameplay played fine off the bat, the game was hampered by sever multiplayer matchmaking issues for years after release. It was really only with the announcement of the Xbox One X that 343 Industries committed to returning to the game collection, not only to add One X enhancements, but also to revive the game’s multiplayer.
Then, in 2019, Microsoft announced the plan to release Halo Reach into the collection and use that game as a starting point to bring the whole Master Chief saga to PC for the first time. Since then we’ve seen each game tested and released in sequence, up until Halo 3: ODST in September. There’s just one piece of the puzzle left in the form of Halo 4, but that’s clearly not the end for MCC.
We can add full Xbox Series X|S to list of features planned for later this year.
- Input Based MM
- Sever Region Selection
- Custom Game Browser
- Per Game Graphics Options
- Per Game Audio Options
- M&K Support for Xbox
- PC Fileshare
- Double Keybinds for all games
- Viewmodel adjustments for all games
- In game FPS Cap/Adjustments
- Steam Account Linking
Crossplay is by far the most exciting element here, letting people team up for co-op or competitive, regardless of their platform. It’ll be great for catching up on the series before Infinite finally releases in 2021.