Halo: The Master Chief Collection will add support for cross-platform multiplayer later in , developer Industries announced, allowing those on Xbox One and Windows PC to play with each other. To make sure players are on an even playing field, mouse and keyboard support is coming to the entire classic Halo collection on the Xbox One. But if you prefer playing on your controller and don't wish to be paired up with PC owners, you'll have that option too, with the arrival of input-based matchmaking alongside crossplay.
The crossplay reveal for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was included in a giant development update blog post over the weekend. Crossplay and input-based matchmaking aren't the only upcoming features planned for Server region selection will also be available with the aforementioned two, which should make for a smoother low-ping experience if you've had issues in the past. As for mouse and keyboard support, that will be available in a later update with custom game browser and individual graphics options per Halo title.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is made up of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4, all of which are available on Xbox One. On PC, everything except Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 is available, with the remaining two set to arrive later in as well. There's no word on Halo 5: Guardians coming to PC. For what it's worth, the next Halo game — Halo Infinite — is set to release at the same time on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC.
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As Industries approaches its release date for Halo Infinite, its still committed to updating Halo: The Master Chief Collection, its compilation of Halo games on Windows PC and Xbox One.
In particular, the developer said in an update on the Halo website that it’s looking to bringing cross-play, keyboard and mouse support on Xbox, and input-based matchmaking to The Master Chief Collection by the end of Cross-play, input-based matchmaking, and server region selection are expected to launch together, with a custom game browser and mouse and keyboard support for Xbox launching as a package.
Cross-play means that players across Xbox consoles and Windows PC will be able to play together. Input-based matchmaking and keyboard and mouse support enhance that. Input-based matchmaking means you’ll likely be matched with players using the same input device (like a controller or keyboard and mouse) as you. Keyboard and mouse support, of course, gives console players the option to use the peripherals.
Mouse and keyboard support was added to Xbox One in , but it remains available on a game-by-game basis. If developers want to add it to their games, they can — but they don’t have to.
Microsoft and Industries released The Master Chief Collection on PC in , first with Halo: Reach. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3 have since been added to the collection. Next up is Halo 3: ODST, which is expected to come to PC soon — a testing period is planned for this month, according to the blog post. Halo Infinite, the next-gen Halo game for Xbox Series X, is slated for its release on Xbox Series X and Windows PC this holiday season.
The biggest difference between Campaign and Firefight has to be the checkpoint system and cutscenes at least. But also that the code is different underlying, not necessarily because of the AI. For the long term, needs to update all games and Spartan Ops to include dedicated server coop, which should improve the laggy state of coop being over Peer to Peer. Another thing I want to happen is Halo CE and 2 supporting player coop in the future, this really should be on par with the rest of the Halo games.
Quote:Firefights netcode also had to be massively reworked for ODST and Reach. Even if they could copy and paste the work they did for FF to the campaign there is still 4 campaigns worth of netcode to refactor.
Quote:Firefight is also player vs AI and they are supporting cross-play.
Quote:they are working on it but compared to mp corssplay where its just players against players campaign cross play is player aignst ai and thats different as they have to work on 6 (7 if you count spartan ops) campaigns so its gonna take a while if they release campaign cross play it'd probably be 1 campaign to test the water and then move forward with the others
Quote:Getting worried that they won't be able to do it since they haven't given us any updates on it.
Halo 4 beta test extended to November 6, now includes crossplay for Halo: Reach
By Andy Chalk
The current 'flight' is open to all Halo Insider members.
The Halo 4 closed beta test—"flight," in Halo parlance—that got underway last week has been extended to November 6, and updated with a range of fixes and tweaks, as well as crossplay support for Firefight and multiplayer in Halo: Reach.
"Our flight patch brings some additional goals for this flight! Along with Crossplay and Advanced Graphics Options for PC, our Reach content features newly updated interpolation work to bring the title closer to our recent releases," developer Industries said on Reddit. "We’ve also implemented some fixes for the existing Halo 4 Flight content, additional information on these fixes can be found on our Halo 4 Known Issues page."
The new test build includes:
- Unlimited framerate improvements for Halo: Reach
- Crossplay has been enabled for Halo: Reach's multiplayer and Firefight modes
- Per-Title Control and Video Settings for Halo: Reach
- Player Emblems now appear in Halo: Reach gameplay
The current round of testing is open to all members of the Halo Insider program, which you can sign up for here. If you're already in the flight, you can submit tickets for any problems you run into here. A list of resolved issues from the previous test build is below.
- The Field of View (FoV) option has been removed from Xbox One consoles, please refer to our latest MCC Development & Flighting Update for additional information regarding this feature on Xbox One
- The option to enable or disable V-Sync is no longer present on Xbox One consoles
- The Preferred Input Device prompt no longer appears upon first launch on Xbox One consoles
- Players on Xbox One consoles will now always default to gamepad as the Preferred Input Device regardless of whether or not they have set mouse and keyboard as the preferred device on PC
- The Blood Effects option has been removed from the Graphics Quality settings
- The region names in the Network tab of the Settings menu are now capitalized correctly
- Updated the preview image for the Preferred Input Device option
- When playing co-op on PC, changing graphics settings in the Video tab of the Settings menu no longer causes the settings to be grayed out upon returning to the Video tab
- The Locked and Unlocked icons on the Competitive Games menu are no longer placeholder images
- Updated the input device icon in the Roster and Loading Screen
- Input device icons now appear next to all party members
- The correct playlist names are now always displayed when entering the Competitive Games menu
- Heads-Up Display (HUD) elements no longer ‘lag behind’ camera movements
- Accessing a Terminal in Campaign will now play the video in-game on Xbox One consoles
- When playing the Campaign mission “Midnight” on PC, the Broadsword no longer stutters when flying
- The positions and/or movements of players is now accurately represented in SITREC Replays (AKA “killcams”)
- Various User Interface (UI) elements and Announcer voice lines have been corrected on the multiplayer map "Pitfall"
- Camera movements and some moving objects, such as Pelicans, no longer stutter in Spartan Ops cinematics
- When the Field of View (FOV) option is set to 78 or higher, grabbing an object in Forge's Edit mode no longer causes the camera to zoom in
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Halo: MCC update brings Xbox Series X/S enhancements, Halo 4 on PC, & crossplay
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC has received its final title, Halo 4. This brings the total Halo games on PC in the MCC to six. But the arrival of Halo 4 also brings with it other MCC updates, including enhancements for the newly released Xbox consoles as well as the highly anticipated crosspaly.
Halo: MCC update adds Halo 4 to PC, crossplay, and Xbox enhancements
A news post on Halo Waypoint on November 17 revealed the glorious news that Halo 4 has finally arrived on PC as part of the Master Chief Collection. This post also highlights a ton of other updates and improvements to the game, the least of which is the inclusion of crossplay and input-based preferences.
Firstly, the crossplay addition to Halo: MCC finally allows players on Xbox and PC to play together. This feature is available for multiplayer, Firefight, and Forge. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of campaign crossplay.
The update also adds “interpolation for 60+ FPS support” on all platforms for Halo: Reach, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 4 multiplayer, per-piece armor customization for Halo 4, as well as a brand new seasonal track of cosmetics to unlock.
For those playing on Xbox Series X or Series S, there is a suite of improvements to just about every aspect of the game with the most impressive being framerates above the gold standard of 60 FPS.
- 4k and up to FPS for single and 2-player split-screen modes for Series X
- p and up to FPS for single and 2-player split-screen modes for Series S
- 60FPS for 4-player splitscreen performance on both
- FOV options (when playing at 60Hz) on both
- HDR support on both
- Extended draw distance on both
- Graphics that match the PC’s "Enhanced" settings on both
- Quick Resume support on both
While many players can finally consider the Halo: MCC to be “complete” on PC, the blog post does make note that there’s more in store. What this could mean is anyone’s guess but there are likely a lot of crossed fingers wishing for Halo 5.
Anyone that has yet to pick up the Master Chief Collection can do so via Steam or the Microsoft Store, where the whole bundle is $ USD or each title can be purchased individually for $ USD. Alternatively, Xbox Game Pass for PC also flaunts the MCC. As always, check out the Shacknews Halo: The Master Chief Collection page for the latest news and guides.
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