New content update for the Master Chief Collection now live on Xbox One

Still frustrated with multiplayer (and other features) in the Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One? Then maybe today's new patch will help alleviate your problems. Microsoft and 343 Industries have just released a content update for the Master Chief Collection that should speed up matchmaking times.

Here's the summary of fixes and improvements in today's update:

  • Made a change to allow for matches to start once minimum player counts are met, allowing for faster matching times.
  • Made an update to resolve issues that caused false matches to be created, which resulted in a variety of matchmaking issues, including slow matchmaking and bad session starts.
  • Streamlined the process for maintaining party continuity through the matchmaking process.
  • Made an update to the high-level matchmaking flow that will reset lobbies after each match. Moving forward, players and party leaders need to press "B" after the post-game-carnage report, and select a playlist for their next match. This flow is consistent with previous Halo titles.
  • Improved user experience through removal of non-actionable error messages. This will allow for a more seamless matchmaking flow with less interruption and confusion.
  • Improved the post-game experience to fix an issue that could result in a player getting sent to another player's lobby, rather than returning to the matchmaking screen

You should receive a prompt to install the content update the next time you launch Halo. Don't see it? Power cycle your Xbox One, and you should see the update. Microsoft and 343i also announced that next week's update will address team balance in the Master Chief Collection.

Source: 343 Industries

  • Please work.. please work..
  • Ditto, how big is the update?
  • Only about 100MB
  • Nope its not working worse now windows central couldn't test it before telling us this will make our day better lol...:(
  • Even if they tested it, you are forced to download and install the update. Not to mention they are not supposed to test it anyway..
  • We shall see.....
  • Let's hope this works
  • They need to work on more bugs then match making. CoOp has major issues including what missions you completed and saves.
  • Unfortunately, I don't even care anymore. I'm not getting my hopes up again,this patch will most likely not fix major issues, just like the two before it. Sorry 343, I have moved on to other games, you lost me.
  • Well worked for me so...
  • Good riddance
  • The first apparently worked for some but not me. The second update/fix actually fixed matchmaking for me, maybe 3rd times the charm for everyone else.
  • It's funny, just last night I thought I'd give it a try. After 5 minutes and no match I thought wow, what a train wreck and turned it off. I felt more or less like you, but I decided I will give it one more chance after the update. The strange thing is how little I missed it in the meantime, even after the few games I got in. I sort of forgot I owned it.
  • You don't care, but you're still commenting on articles about it?
  • Its been working since the update for me. Mine updated 25 mins ago and I've had 3 matches
  • Hey does anyone here know how to add the 343 blog as a feed into nextgen reader?? I am a total noob and can't figure it out.
  • Thatz jhust thuper!
  • The playlist flow change is downright terrible. Why do players need to back out after a PLAYLIST match, which is NOT consists with other games; the next match would start automatically after a delay in other games. Not much of a "list" when you have to constantly start it over....
  • Updates are good. I have so many games to play :)
  • they should fix this, which happened to me and a friend while playing Requiem on Legendary
  • Doesn't work for me unless nobody is playing it.....also background menu gliches being black...oh lord fire them at 343 and make it a proper studio with better devs please or something also the ranks are needed why would I keep coming back for no rank then play when they add ranks
  • 343 outsourced it , just like halo 1 anniversary was.
  • How about something to address campaign and playlist bugs/errors/crashes/etc. You would think those would be easiest to fix...
  • So wait it doesn't auto start a new lobby after a game? Fyi I have never played halo online so sorry if it seems like a silly question.
  • Not working for me anybody has it working?
  • Seems that Xbox Live is having some issues. Just got a notification from Live Status app about it.
  • Yeah, mine can't find the update, or find a game like usual, or if I find a game give me some error as to why it can't start. Kinda done with this game :P
  • Update was working well till Live ran into some issues. Ideally a flawless game is best but I'd rather have these baby step patches than a huge patch that tries to fix it all in one go and break everything in the process.
  • Doesn't sound like there is a fix to the problem I encountered with co-op multiplayer missions not saving (detailed here).
  • Hey low its a hey a hey a hey. Halos come now I wanna go home. Hey low heyyyy low
  • It's a pretty buggy mess. I'm even having troubles in the halo 2 campaign with my shots going through enemies.
    Oh yeah, and for some reason co-op doesn't save progress. It keeps track of what missions have been completed but if you stop halfway through a mission you have to start from the start (of that mission) again.
    Having the terminals in halo channel is irritating as well as often they don't load.
  • Never had problems with terminals, you can thanks people bitching for the enormous download size, I am sure they had to cut stuff from wherever they could to make the download smaller.. I do confirm coop issues. Can't continue coop from checkpoint if you exit the game. Also, on Halo CE, when it's over, the host gets the achievements, the guest must play the mission again as host to get them as well..
  • You know the co-op thing is normal right? The Halo games have always been like this... I don't know if its a technical limitation or something else but saving your game at a checkpoint, exiting and continuing from that checkpoint has never been possible in co-op mode.
  • It was in Reach and Halo Anniversary.
  • It's not even that, though: co-op isn't even saving completed mission progress. My brother and I played the first level of Halo: CE 3 times now, to completion, via local co-op, and it still says 0/10 missions comp leted.
  • Oh, ok, that's much worse. I think that happened to me the first time, as I vaguely recall redoing the first two missions of halo 2 again. But we didn't start with the first game as we had just run out through on 360 a couple months ago.
  • Tried playing some customs tonight, and we had all kinds of issues, not hearing people in game chat, parties blowing apart, people stuck in menus. The one person who had been playing customs a lot over the past week complained that it was worse than before. I'm putting it away for another week; it's just too much effort for too little payoff at the moment.
  • This is not a content update, at least I didnt see ANY new content mentioned.
  • We want cool playlists now ! Objective and Halo 4 please !
  • My Matchmaking has been better. I'm still waiting on a fix for the achievements. The Pillar of Autumn achievement says 100% but it wasn't unlocked. In turn there's about 10 other achievements that haven't been unlocked because of this.
  • I had that problem, completed every level on legendary and in game it confirmed which levels were completed, but still no achievement pop. Check on halo waypoint to see if its registered as completed, there. I had to replay 343 guilty spark to get the achievement as it 'forgot' I'd done it.
  • I want SWAT
  • Matchmaking has been working fine for me even before this match. However, I’ve encountered something interesting with the Halo 3 and Halo 4 campaigns. When you play them in split screen, it’s not 16:9 and there are black borders on the sides.
  • Still having issues with finding a match
  • How's this a *content* update? There's no content... right?
  • I laugh at everyone saying they have gave up on halo. Who cares if the damn patches don't immediately fix it. This isn't the first nor is it the last game to have major bugs on launch. Making these games are way harder than you think. And in a month or however long it takes, well all be playing it. I myself have been getting into lobbies since the first patch. I play a couple of games a day without a long wait. And its worth it.