Halo: The Master Chief Collection update adds new options, fixes bugs

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Image credit: 343 Industries)

What you need to know

  • Halo developer 343 Industries released an update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One and PC.
  • The update primarily adds new audio features as well as some appreciated options for matchmade multiplayer.
  • The update also resolves some bugs and issues the community had with the game.
  • The update is 59GB on Xbox One, 1.79GB on the Windows 10 Store and through Xbox Game Pass for PC, and 306MB on Steam.

Halo developer has released an update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection across both Xbox One and PC platforms. The update primarily adds the ability to toggle between classic Halo: Combat Evolved sounds or updated Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary audio when playing multiplayer for that game, while also including new Competitive and Social matchmaking playlists for it as well. There's a new three-dimensional customization viewer for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Spartans too, and the main menu background video has been updated to something that better suits the current excitement around Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

Related: Our Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on PC review

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

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In addition to the new features, there have also been some fixes made to bugs and other types of problems that the Halo community has had with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary in the Master Chief Collection. Resolved issues include the following:

  • Improved game stability resolving several crashes.
  • Player became invisible in a Ghost by boarding the vehicle while entering a teleporter.
  • HUD positioning better reflects legacy.
  • Respawn beep sound effects have a lower pitch than in legacy Halo: CE.
  • Multiple remastered sound effects playing in H:CE multiplayer when set to "Classic."
  • Added ability to set primary and secondary weapon in custom games.
  • Sometimes controller vibration continues when pausing the title.
  • Player name appearing during camouflaged states better reflects legacy.
  • Plasma projectiles from Type-25 Spirit are now aligned with the turrets.

For a detailed overview of everything changed in the game, check out 343 Industries' blog post. The size of the update is 59GB on Xbox One (most of this is replacing existing files), 1.79GB on the Windows 10 Store and through Xbox Game Pass for PC (opens in new tab), and 306MB on Steam.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available for $40 on PC (includes Halo: Reach), as well as for $30 on Xbox One (Halo: Reach must be purchased separately). It's also available if you're an Xbox Game Pass for PC subscriber.

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.

4 Comments
  • 59GB on XB1??? Quite ridiculous. Are they redoing the whole set of games?
  • 50+ gs? Seems like it's a whole new download of all the games.
  • They confirmed that most of the update was replacing game files.
  • I see that know. That makes more sense.