The first Halo Infinite beta test proved to be a massive hit despite its rough edges, and the second one is finally available. But just how powerful of a PC do you need to play Halo Infinite, anyway? Microsoft and 343 Industries have answered that question by revealing Halo Infinite's full PC specs to the public. Here's what you need to know, including what the minimum and recommended specs for Halo Infinite are as how you can check if your PC meet these requirements easily.
List of Halo Infinite system requirements
Halo Infinite's minimum requirements will likely be fairly accessible for most players, as they're not too demanding. With that said, more powerful hardware never hurts to have, especially if you want to push for a sky-high framerate on one of the best PC gaming monitors available.
Here's what 343 Industries lists as the minimum required specs for Halo Infinite:
- OS: Windows 10 RS3 x64
- CPU: Intel i5-4440 or AMD FX-8370
- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti or AMD RX 570
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 50GB
With this hardware, you'll be able to play Halo Infinite with decent visuals and an acceptable framerate. However, you're going to need beefier specs if you want to enjoy the game on higher settings with smoother FPS.
Here's what the developers list as recommended specs for Halo Infinite:
- OS: Windows 10 19H2 x64
- CPU: Intel i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
- GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
- RAM: 16 GB
- Storage: 50GB
These specs will give you the power you need to play Halo Infinite at high settings with buttery smooth framerates, although it's worth noting that many of these components (particularly the GPUs) are hard to come by right now. If your specs don't match or surpass these recommended ones, you may want to turn some settings down.
Will my PC run Halo Infinite?
If you're unsure whether or not your PC meets the minimum and/or recommended specs listed above, don't worry — there's an easy way to check. All you need to do is do a quick analysis with the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, which allows you to review what hardware you've got installed in your system with just a few clicks. Here's how to use it.
- Click the Windows button on your taskbar.
- Type dxdiag.
- Click dxdiag in the search results. Windows will then show your PC specifications.
- Navigate to the System tab for details on your processor, memory, and Windows version.
- Navigate to Display tab for details on your graphics hardware and video memory (VRAM).
If a part of your PC isn't up-to-spec for Halo Infinite, you'll be able to tell with this handy tool. Don't forget to check out our guides to the best cheap graphics cards and the best budget CPUs if you need to make an upgrade, as the minimum specs for Halo Infinite are pretty affordable. Alternatively, you can also check out our roundup of all the best graphics cards and the best processors for your custom PC if you want to make some big upgrades to your rig. Hopefully you'll be able to find powerful GPUs in stock despite scalpers' efforts to ravage retailer inventories.
For more information on Halo Infinite itself and future betas, make sure you check out our full coverage on the Halo Infinite beta schedule. Also, make sure you read our guide on how to play the Halo Infinite beta so that you can properly sign up for the next flight if you haven't already.
The first Halo Infinite beta test focused primarily on Arena matches against AI bots, weapon drills, and a brief stint of Arena PvP before access to the test build closed. Players were also able to interact with a limited version of Halo Infinite's customization and progression systems. The current beta is centered strongly around Arena and Big Team Battle PvP, and it also includes a new training mode that allows players to practice against bots with "training wheels" like invincibility and infinite ammo. It also features a new map called Behemoth and a creative new weapon called the Shock Rifle that shoots deadly electric bolts. These bolts can ricochet off of players or map objects and hit other players in the immediate vicinity, giving it a unique functionality.
Unlike the previous beta, the current one is also being split up across two different weekends. Players will be able to try out Arena PvP from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, while Big Team Battle PvP will be available from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3. PvP sessions will only be available during specified playtimes of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. Training mode, weapon drills, and customization content can be accessed at any time. However, access to the beta will close on 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET each Monday.
Halo Infinite is expected to launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 (and Windows 11) PCs on Dec. 8, 2021. With any luck, it will end up being one of the best Xbox games ever.
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