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Halo Infinite will launch with crossplay support between Xbox and PC

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty has announced that Halo Infinite will fully support multiplayer crossplay between Xbox and PC platforms.
  • Halo Infinite will also feature cross-progression so players keep everything they earn when they switch between platforms.
  • Additionally, the game will also sport various PC-specific features like support for ultrawide displays, triple keybinds, and tons of different graphics options players can adjust.
  • This is part of Microsoft's wider commitment to the PC gaming ecosystem, as it aims to offer a "premier" PC gaming experience moving forward.

Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty has officially announced in a blog post (opens in new tab) that Halo Infinite will fully support multiplayer crossplay when it launches, meaning that Xbox and PC players will be able to play with each other. This is exciting news, especially since Halo Infinite's multiplayer will be free-to-play and thus will be the most accessible Halo multiplayer experience yet. Between the multiplayer's accessibility and crossplay, Halo fans will be able to play with their friends easier than ever before. Cross-progression will be in place as well, which will allow players to keep their unlocks when switching between playing on Xbox and PC.

Additionally, it was also confirmed that Halo Infinite will support other PC-specific features. These include support for ultrawide and super ultrawide displays, triple keybinds, and plenty of graphics options to tweak the balance between visuals and performance. There are more PC features as well according to Booty, and we expect that 343 Industries is going to announce them in its upcoming April Inside Infinite development update.

Source: 343 Industries (Image credit: Source: 343 Industries)

These moves to make sure Halo Infinite is a "premier" experience on PC are part of Microsoft's wider focus on improving PC gaming, which also includes giving developers of Microsoft Store PC games a larger 88% cut of profits, ensuring that the Xbox Cloud Gaming experience is up-to-snuff, bringing DirectStorage technology to PC for boosts to loading speeds, and more.

What do you think of Halo Infinite getting support for crossplay and Microsoft committing to PC gaming more overall? Let me know. Halo Infinite is expected to launch in Fall 2021 (potentially in late November according to a voice actor's account) on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs. The full game's price is $60, according to an active Best Buy preorder.

We highly recommend checking out the Master Chief Collection while you wait for Halo Infinite, as it bundles all of the pre-Xbox One Halo shooters together for an excellent price. This makes it one of the best Xbox One shooters available, and a game that you definitely shouldn't miss if you're looking to play some Halo while waiting for Infinite.

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.

9 Comments
  • No Play Anywhere?
  • That was my thought.... I guess this program is dead. I guess it also doesn't matter much anymore with Cloud becoming the new XPA standard.
  • It might be Play Anywhere, but I think they're also planning on releasing it on Steam, where Play Anywhere won't exist.
  • Hopefully it is at least like the MCC where technically I think it isn't Play Anywhere, but the games still link just like it was.
  • It's unclear right now, unfortunately.
  • I wonder if they'll do anything to keep people separate between platforms in ranked modes. I don't see ranked play between PC and Xbox going well for the console players.
  • MCC currently has a system like this, so I expect Infinite will. Keep an eye on the site later tonight, as tonight we're expecting 343i to drop some big news on the PC stuff and we'll be on top of it. :)
  • Why has no one talked about the fact that we might have be tricked, back-stabbed, and been quite possibly, bamboozled? But we really do not know why Cortana is not a concern for Halo Infinite, because we do not see any mention of her, the voice actor is not complaining about not being in, so does that mean that Cortana is in Halo Infinite?
  • I still need to finish MMC I look forward to this game though.