What you need to know
- Halo 4 has officially launched on PC ahead of its scheduled November 17 release date.
- It costs $10 and is available on both Steam and the Windows 10 Store.
- The update also brings crossplay and input-based matchmaking to the Master Chief Collection (MCC), which are both highly-anticipated features.
Halo developer 343 Industries has released Halo 4 on PC early, giving night owl gamers a chance to get into the action ahead of Halo 4's scheduled November 17 release date. The game costs $10 to get by itself, but you also get access to it by purchasing the full Master Chief Collection (MCC), which is priced at $40. On PC, the MCC and all of its games are available on Steam and the Windows 10 Store.
On top of Halo 4, both crossplay and input-based matchmaking have been added to the MCC as well. Both of these features have been highly-anticipated by the community; crossplay allows Xbox and PC players to play with each other, while input-based matchmaking allows players using either controller or mouse and keyboard to choose to be matched with other players using those same inputs.
Halo 4 was the last game that 343 Industries had left to bring to PC, and now that it's here, it's cool to think about how much of a comeback story the MCC as a whole has made over the years ever since its disasterous Xbox One launch in 2014. Will you be playing Halo 4 on PC? Let us know. If you're craving some Halo action while you wait for Halo Infinite to release, Halo 4 and the other MCC games are a superb way to get your fill of the space opera shooter. If you're playing on a new Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, don't miss our guide to the best Xbox Series X and Series S headsets so you can get the most out of Halo's amazing music and sound.
Wake up, John
Take down the Didact
Halo 4 is arguably the most character-driven of all the Halo games, featuring the emotional tale of Master Chief and Cortana trying to stop the ancient Forerunner, the Didact.
Finish the Fight
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Experience the entirety of Halo history
The Master Chief Collection is a collection of every Halo shooter from the pre-Xbox One era, offering incredible value at an incredible price.
Xbox Series X/S
Get the best of Windows Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.