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Halo 4 on PC officially launches early

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Halo 4 (Image credit: 343 Industries)

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.

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Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.