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If you own a Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card, a free performance boost in Halo Infinite awaits—you just need to download and install the latest driver package, Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1. According to the release notes, the driver update can yield up to a substantial 19 percent FPS gain when playing the game at 4K resolution and the settings dialed up to Ultra. Depending on the situation, that could conceivably be the difference between hitting 60 FPS or falling short, though that depends on how the game performs when it ships. We've had a glimpse so far with the free-to-play multiplayer component, but the single-player campaign is not out yet—it releases to PC (and Xbox... Read more...
If you're a PC gamer and you haven't tried out Halo Infinite yet, well, why not? The multiplayer game is free, after all. Sure, the monetization is wack—play for hundreds of hours to unlock cosmetics, or pay more than a grand to get everything—but most folks agree that if you ignore the customization aspect, it's the best "Halo" experience since Halo 3. Of course, Halo Infinite is more than a multiplayer game, and 343 Industries would like you to remember that while it gears up to release the single-player campaign on December 8th. The developer just dropped a launch trailer for the upcoming release and it looks a heck of a lot better than the first campaign footage we watched. Check... Read more...
Pop quiz: you're launching an online game, and you want to grow your player-base as fast as possible. What's the easiest way to do that? If you answered, "give my game away for free," congratulations, you win the grand prize. Unfortunately, it comes along with a free side of unscrupulous jerks. Unfortunately, hackers, cheaters, and trolls are part and parcel of playing free games online. Sure, you can ban them, but the game's free—it takes but a few minutes to make a new account and get back into the game. Some Asian game companies get around this by requiring mobile phone number verification, or in a few cases, actually requiring players to give up their government ID (like the US Social... Read more...
Halo Infinite is set to release next month, though in the meantime, 343 Industries surprised eager fans by launching the free-to-player multiplayer component early. While it is classified as a beta build, it includes all maps and core modes in Season 1. It also comes with what's supposed to be an unskippable loading screen that is around 20 seconds long, though there is actually a way around it. There's also a rather comical mod that can be applied. Skipping the unskippable intro can be accomplished only on PC (sorry, console gamers) if you know how to do it. The way the game is coded, it triggers a video file in MP4 format. All you have to do is locate the file in question, dump it in the trash... Read more...
It won't be very long now before Halo Infinite arrives on PC and console; is your gaming PC up to snuff? Probably, if going by the minimum system requirements. Things get a little murkier with the recommended specifications, and if you're hoping to play at Ultra settings you will need a beefy configuration with a high-end CPU and a meaty GPU. We know this because the free-to-play multiplayer component of Halo Infinite got a surprise launch earlier this week during Microsoft's 20-year celebration of Xbox. When that happened, developer 343 Industries also posted four sets of requirements: Low (Minimum), Medium, High (Recommended), and Ultra. These may change when the game ships next month, but... Read more...
It wouldn't be much of a 20-year celebration of Xbox without some kind of Halo announcement, but worry not gamers, Microsoft didn't make that mistake. At the conclusion of its Xbox Anniversary Celebration livestream today, Microsoft announced the semi-surprise early launch of Halo Infinite Multiplayer Season 1: Heroes of Reach. We say "semi-surprise" because it was rumored this might happen, and it surely did. This is the free-to-play multiplayer component of Halo Infinite, which is scheduled to launch on December 8. But rather than make gamers wait until then, they can begin playing right now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. Microsoft says it will also be available... Read more...
Fans of Halo and Nerf guns have a reason to celebrate as the Nerf limited edition Needler goes up for pre-order on Amazon. So start practicing your aim, Spartans, as your time to pelt your enemies with Nerf darts is approaching. Nerf has attempted to market Halo's Needler in the past. However, this time it has put together a package that may be more appealing to its consumers. The needles atop the gun light up as your hand grips the handle and go dark as you fire the weapon. Pretty cool stuff. The rotating drum will house 10 Nerf darts to assail your opponents with as you battle for supremacy. It will also come with a Display Mode, which will light up while being housed on the supplied display... Read more...
Had things gone to original plan, Halo Infinite would have released as a launch title for Microsoft's Xbox Series X|S last year. That obviously didn't happen. More concerning, however, is that what 343 Industries showed off last year was underwhelming, to put it nicely. The disappointing graphics sparked memes, and even Domino's Pizza poked fun at the gameplay reveal. Good news though (great news, actually)—the first gameplay trailer in over a year looks absolutely gorgeous. You can hear Halo fans taking a collective sigh of relief as Microsoft and 343 Industries dropped a campaign trailer today. It's over six minutes of game footage, including a mix of cinematic cut-scenes and actual gaming,... Read more...
Halo launches have never been a stranger to special edition gear coming along for the ride to make the experience as exciting as possible. Halo Infinite is finally coming our way on December 8 and AMD Radeon is extending the special edition treatment to us PC gamers for a change. We're talking a super limited edition version of the Radeon RX 6900 XT themed after the legendary Master Chief himself, Petty Officer John 117. If you're hoping to get a chance to buy one of these then you're out of luck, because they won't be for sale. However, AMD instead has opted to make this a giveaway only affair! We find that to be quite cool. This move should make them much more likely to land in the hands of... Read more...
We finally have a release date for Halo Infinite, which will now arrive on December 8th, more than a year after it was initially supposed to launch. The game will be available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles as well as Windows PCs. When it comes to consoles, there's no need to worry about system requirements, as the game should "just work." However, the game will look and play the best on the flagship Xbox Series X. On the PC side, things are very dependent on the hardware that powers your rig. Luckily for us, we now know the minimum and recommended specs for the PC version of Halo Infinite, courtesy of its listing on the Steam store. Getting your foot in the door isn't that difficult,... Read more...
As if the Xbox Series X isn’t already hard enough to purchase at MSRP, Microsoft this week announced a new version that is most assuredly destined for unobtanium. Witness the Xbox Series X Halo Infinite Limited Edition console, which is sure to be a hot ticket item during the Holiday 2021 shopping season. According to Microsoft, this limited edition console was designed to commemorate Halo’s 20th anniversary, and it is “skinned” to match up with Master Chief, courtesy of iridium gold accents and dark metallic paneling. Additionally, the top portion of the console is covered with Zeta Halo’s starlit sky. In addition to the console itself, you’ll find a matching... Read more...
Halo Infinite was supposed to be Microsoft's big Xbox Series X/S launch title in late 2020. However, developer 343 Industries delayed the game to spruce up its graphics and continue development to ensure Halo fans would receive the game with open arms. When announcing the delay, 343 Industries simply said that it would launch in 2021. Now, it appears that the Microsoft Store has leaked the official launch date of Halo Infinite, and it's arriving more than a year after it was initially supposed to debut. Italian site Aggiornamenti Lumia found the Microsoft Store listing, which mentions a December 8th launch date. The Verge's Tom Warren later confirmed that date. Scoop: Halo Infinite (Campaign)... Read more...
Earlier in August, we got to see a tech preview of Halo Infinite that included some rather impressive bots to fight against in multiplayer. Since then, we have been excited for the whole game to release, but sadly, not everything that glitters is gold. In a new announcement, 343 Industries stated that some Halo staples, like campaign co-op and the level editor called the Forge, will be missing at launch after much delay. In the August Halo Infinite Development update, community director Brian Jarrard sat down with the head of creative for Halo Infinite, Joseph Staten, to discuss Halo's tech preview and future. At around the 16:35 mark in the video below, the two get into talking about the campaign... Read more...
Going with the trend of many games these days, Halo Infinite could be getting a battle royale mode if new files datamined from the game are anything to go by. Perhaps this is an extra asset created "just in case," or maybe there is a chance at a Halo Battle Royale mode considering what we now know from the technical test. On Friday, Resetera forum user DukeBlueBall posted what sounds like Halo multiplayer announcer Jeff Steitzer saying "BATTLE ROYALE" in his well-known action movie-trailer style voice. While this could be a fluke, Duke claims that this has been datamined from the Halo Technical Preview that concluded on Sunday. Other commenters on the post believe that this could be an extra... Read more...
Halo Infinite is the first brand new Halo installation since 2015, when Halo 5: Guardians came to the Xbox One. To say there's a lot of hype around the much-delayed return of Master Chief after apparently going rogue in the previous installment, ultimately being recovered by Spartan Locke. Apologies for the spoilers on a six-year-old game, but the Halo Infinite reveal announced that information itself. Besides, we're sure that Microsoft has bigger things on its mind, like the fact that the company leaked information about the sixth mainline Halo game's plot.  According to Halo writer and cinematic director Joseph Staten, Microsoft inadvertently included some files that contain information... Read more...
Now that the details and invitations are out there, fans will be able to take Halo Infinite out for a spin. However, not everyone who wanted in got an invite, but do not fret as you can still find out what multiplayer will look like in the upcoming title from 343 Industries. On Wednesday, the developers behind the Halo series hosted a technical preview live stream on YouTube where several topics were covered. One of the more interesting parts was the 4v4 Slayer match in Halo Infinite, which was captured on an Xbox Series X. It got down to the wire with 49 kills to the other teams 46 with just under five minutes remaining, but you can look for yourself below. Throughout the clip, community... Read more...
Halo Infinite was originally supposed to come out in November 2020, but instead will not be released for another few months. However, there is a way for eager fans to test the waters before the official release. It was recently announced that the Halo Infinite beta will be available this weekend. The Halo Infinite beta will start on Thursday, July 29th and run until Sunday, August 1st. News about the beta was sent to Halo Insiders via email. The beta will be preceded by a livestream that will show off what players can expect from it. The livestream will occur today, Wednesday, July 28th, at 2pm ET and and can be watched on the official Halo Twitch channel and Halo YouTube channel. Testers must... Read more...
Let's say you splurged on a ginormous 49-inch monitor like AOC's fast and wide Agon AG493UCX, which offers a 5120x1440 resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio. Well, guess what? Microsoft revealed that Halo Infinite will natively support such ultrawide displays when the game launches this year, and it teased a few amazing looking screenshots. In the image above, for example, you can see what one of the scenes looks like on a 32:9 display compared to a 21:9 monitor, and if you click to enlarge it, there's also a 16:9 comparison. It is super expansive, and is part of an effort to build a "native, first-class PC experience" so players who game on PC do not feel like an afterthought to their console brethren.... Read more...
Though Halo Infinite may have been delayed, information about the game is slowly trickling out, and it seems the wait may be worth the reward. Back in February, we got to see some gorgeous screenshots from the game, which were rather impressive. Now, Microsoft is giving us another exciting breadcrumb of information with a recent blog post outlining cross-play, progress syncing, and free multiplayer in Halo Infinite. Today, Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios looked at the company’s “Gaming Journey in 2021 and Beyond.” This included some information for developers, such as game revenue changes, and some interesting information for gamers. Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios, announced... Read more...
If things had gone to plan, Halo Infinite would have launched alongside the Xbox Series X, but like so many other projects, its release ended up being delayed—it is expected to launch in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Waiting is frustrating, but a delay might have been the best thing for Halo Infinite, because newly released screenshots show the development team has been putting in extra effort to make the game look great when it does finally release. Stunning visuals have not been a foregone conclusion, with regards to Halo Infinite. Last year, developer 343 Industries said it had "decided to shift back towards the legacy aesthetics that defined the original trilogy," and return... Read more...
In a rather extensive blog posted this week by 343 Industries, the developers confirmed that all the launch content for Halo Infinite is now complete and in the game. That is a huge step for the dev team, which has been working tirelessly to get the highly anticipated game finished up for release later this year. Even though the content within the game sandbox is finished, that doesn't mean that there isn't room for tweaking things between now and launch. "We have everyone fixing bugs on our launch content and some exciting efforts kicking off for future updates--like new vehicles, equipment, etc.," said Quinn DeHoyo, who serves as Lead Sandbox Designer for 343 Industries in the blog.... Read more...
It has been a long time coming, but we finally have a release window for Halo Infinite. 343 Industries recently announced that Halo Infinite will launch sometime in Fall 2021. There is still no exact release date, but the game will likely be available sometime before next year's holiday season. The announcement came alongside the game’s most recent news update. Halo Infinite Campaign Project Lead Joseph Staten noted, “...from now until then, every one of us at 343i and our great partner teams will be building, testing, and polishing an experience we hope all of you love.” They stated toward the end of the post that 343i will continue to provide fans updates about the game’s... Read more...
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