Halo: Reach Windows PC beta should be playable in June (update)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is hosting "E3 2019 Fan Celebrations" on June 9 across the globe.
  • Microsoft has clarified that the Halo: Reach PC beta will not be playable for attendees, previously listed in error.
  • Early beta flighting for Halo: The Master Chief Collection may commence soon.

Updated May 29, 2019: Microsoft has reached out to Windows Central to clarify their Microsoft Store event listings were incorrect, and the Halo: Reach beta is not currently planned to hit retail storefronts. The beta itself will launch in June to at-home testers. The original story can be seen below.

Preparations remain underway to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC, shifting Microsoft's iconic first-person shooter series beyond Xbox consoles. With plans for a staged rollout, Halo: Reach kicks off the release schedule, reviving the 2010 spinoff alongside 4K visual upgrades. And while the six-piece complication is set to launch later this year, an early access beta lays ahead.

Developer 343 Industries was first aiming for an April 2019 beta kick off, bringing Halo: Reach PC to its first pool of players via the Halo Insider Program. However, the team missed its initial window after stumbling on various hurdles, now yet to commit to a new timeframe.

While the Halo: Reach PC beta is yet to surface, new Microsoft Store event listings suggest an imminent launch. With E3 2019 set for next month, Microsoft Stores across the globe will host dedicated "Fan Celebrations" spanning the hours of the June 9 Xbox press conference. The events will seemingly grant opportunities to play the Halo: Reach beta in-store too, indicating flighting may commence in the days ahead.

Join us for the Microsoft Store E3 2019 Fan celebration to celebrate all things Xbox. Join other Xbox fans to catch all the news, first looks, and surprises from the XBOX briefing.Attendees will be able to participate in the closed beta for Halo Reach on PC, watch the E3 briefing and compete in Gears of War afterwards. All stores will have great prizes to raffle off to attendees making this an event any Xbox fan wont want to miss.

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 $25.

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.