Halo: Master Chief Collection PC tests start this month with Halo: Reach

Halo Reach screenshot.
Halo Reach screenshot. (Image credit: Bungie/Microsoft)

Microsoft is gearing up for early testing of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC, following its unveiling earlier this year. The six-piece game complication for the iconic first-person shooter series is expanding to Steam and Windows 10, via a staggered rollout led by 2010's Halo: Reach.

Halo Community Director, Brian Jarrard, has now indicated an early rollout planned sometime this month, with testing under the Halo Insider Program. With sign-ups now live, the Halo Insider Program will host both pre-release PC and Xbox One builds of Halo: Reach, prior to public availability. And, "if all goes according to plan," Halo: The Master Chief Collection could hit your PC in the coming weeks.

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We should note Jarrard's comments dropped on the evening of April 1, later followed by assuring "it's no joke" to budding PC gamers. It backs a recent claim from reporter Brad Sams, also stating Microsoft is targeting an April rollout. Halo developer, 343 Industries, affirms each Halo game will be "ready when they're ready," indicating final polish is being placed on the Halo: Reach re-release.

Halo: Reach's upcoming Xbox One and PC debut looks promising, expanding upon the Halo: The Master Chief Collection lineup once again. Hopes are notably high for its PC port, with uncapped framerates, remappable key bindings, cross-platform progression, and more among promised features. In the meantime, signing up for the Halo Insider Program is your chance to get hands-on as soon as it's ready.

You can pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Xbox One version today, priced at just $30.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.