As the Xbox Series X/S nears, more games are gearing up to take advantage of the new systems’ superior hardware. This means we’re going to be seeing newly-optimized versions of games getting patched in for the new consoles when they launch on November 10. The latest among them is now Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will be getting an Xbox Series optimization patch a week after the systems launch on November 17.
News of this came from a post on Xbox’s social channels, which confirmed that the collection of all the Halo games pre-Halo 5: Guardians will be getting a fresh coat of next-gen optimization next month. Most notably, the game will be running on 4K on the more expensive Xbox Series X, but also will run at 120 frames-per-second in both the campaigns and the multiplayer modes. The update will be available for everyone who owns the game, as well as anyone who is an Xbox Game Pass subscriber.
It's time to dust off the ol' Needler.
✅ Fully Optimized on Series X|S
✅ 120 FPS in Campaign & Multiplayer
✅ Split-screen improvements & up to 4K on Series X
✅ Available for free to existing owners or those with @XboxGamePass on November 17 pic.twitter.com/Ufusdsyd8C
— Xbox (@Xbox) October 20, 2020
Giving almost every Halo game a little something new is a pretty good way to give series fans something to look forward to following the delay of Halo Infinite. The next installment in the shooter franchise was originally set to launch alongside the Xbox Series X/S, but was delayed into 2021, with developer 343 Industries citing work-from-home complications during the coronavirus pandemic and a desire to not crunch on the project to hit a November release date. No new release window was given, but since the delay, 343 Industries and Microsoft have been making some personnel changes, with the reasoning behind them implying Halo Infinite could be much further away than we initially thought.
At one point, there were talks within Microsoft and 343 Industries to release Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer and single player campaign separately in order to possibly put out at least one of the two alongside the Xbox Series X/S, but these talks ultimately fell through, as all involved agreed that wasn’t a precedent they wanted to set going into the next generation.
In the meantime, uh, guess you can enjoy a Snapchat filter and some branded Monster Energy Drinks?
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While some games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be getting dedicated updates, in general, most Xbox One games will run a little bit better on the Xbox Series X/S. Microsoft has already confirmed that load times in particular will be faster on the new consoles, even for older games you play through its backwards compatibility. But others like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be getting full next-gen versions that you’ll automatically get through Microsoft’s new Smart Delivery system, which will grant you licenses to all Xbox versions of a game so you can always be playing the most optimal one depending on which console you’re using. Microsoft has already released a list of early games that will be taking advantage of the feature, which will likely be updated in the coming months.