Halo Boss Confirms Halo Infinite Will Launch On Xbox One And PC Amid Rumors

"Halo Infinite will be released for Xbox One and appropriately spec'd PCs."

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With Microsoft set to finally, maybe, talk about Halo Infinite at E3 this year, fans are understandably eager and excited to learn more about the long-in-development next Halo. One rumour about the game making the rounds is that Halo Infinite will be a "next-gen" game that skips Xbox One.

That's not going to happen, Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor says. Responding to someone on Twitter who mentioned this rumour, O'Connor said, "I have no idea what leak you're talking about, but Halo Infinite will be released for Xbox One and appropriately spec'd PCs."

The rumour in question may be based on comments from noted Microsoft insider Brad Sams. He recently said on his YouTube show that Microsoft focused on showing Infinite's engine, SlipSpace, at E3 last year and not the game because the game itself looked ... too good.

"They didn't want to show off any part of the game because it actually looked pretty damn good and they didn't want to make current-gen stuff look bad," Sams said.

In the video, Sams never says Halo Infinite won't be released on Xbox One, but you can imagine people making that connection regardless.

Microsoft is rumoured to announce new Xbox hardware at E3 this year, so that is also likely contributing to the worry about Halo Infinite not coming to the Xbox One hardware on the market today. However, none of the credible reports out there today are suggesting that will happen.

The Xbox One is now considered a "family" of devices. For example, games that play on the mega-powerful Xbox One X also work on the lower-power Xbox One S. Presumably this kind of compatibility between hardware options will continue with the new Xbox hardware set to be revealed at E3 in June. A disc-free Xbox One will be released in May, according to a new report. This kind of compatibility between generations of hardware has been commonplace and generally accepted in the mobile phone market for years, so it seems games are finally catching up.

Halo Infinite will be the first new mainline Halo game since 2015's Halo 5: Guardians. It's rumoured to be a launch title for the new Xbox hardware, and that would be notable given 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved was the only time a Halo game was released as a launch title for new Xbox hardware; in that case it was for the original Xbox. The new Xbox consoles are reportedly scheduled to launch in Fall 2020.

In other news, Sams also reported on his show that Halo: The Master Chief Collection may finally soon be announced for PC. For lots more on all the ongoing Xbox rumours, check out this roundup of all the big news.

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Not really important, but Halo 1 wasn’t the only Halo to Launch a new console... Halo 3 was developed for the new Xbox 360.

*I remember because I wanted to “finish the fight” so bad. lol

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My guess is it will be a launch title for the new xbox and also be able to be played on Xbox1

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Aiming with a mouse in a Halo game? That's really neat.

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Cool Halo game on PC. I'm down as long as it feels more like Halo 1 through Reach and not Halo 4 and 5. They sucked.

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As much as I want this game as soon as possible, they should make it a launch release for next gen. It gives them more time to work on it and it will look and run better on the newer systems. (Unless they are just gonna do something like with what CoD Ghosts did.)

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So reading through these comments I am a caveman idiot loser because I own an Xbox, and if I want to be cool and smart I should stop using it and just buy a PC.

No thanks. I sit in front of a PC most of the day at work. I like the ease of use of a console (Both Sony and MS).

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Whats the use of infinite when the pc community still waiting to play after halo 2? Release MCC. the same crap they pulled wit Gow1 & remastered on pc make us wonder what happened before gow 4?

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No point owning an X1 when you can play 99% of the games on PC plus thousands more not found on the console. Cavemen living 100,000 years ago would also agree if you explained it to them after traveling back in time by flying around the sun like in Star Trek 4. They'll probably eat you first though...

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@moonco: Some people just love the console that much. To each their own I guess.

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@moonco: not just play games, but deal with driver drama and specs of your pc and modders. No point in playing on PC when you can just stream all those PC games onto xbox and ones that are on xbox enjoy hussle free.

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@moonco: They just can't ever win with people like you huh.

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I didn't read the article and this is just my opinion, but if the Xbox were doing well, I would say for MS to not release any exclusives on PC at all because that's what sells systems. There's no reason to purchase an Xbox if you own a PC

But being they are not doing well, and software is where the money is made, they have no choice but to offer their played out or subpar games on PC. It's the smarter business decision.

But if they were in Sony's position, they should make those games Xbox exclusive only (obviously if the games were good).

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@Vodoo: even with the streamline that remixed PC as a more friendly platform, the wall to get in it is still high, demanding more knowledge than $. Most people love to just plug the console and play, not trying to figure out what update is missing to finally start playing what they want or trying to understand specs. PC availability doesn't really affect the relevance of the console that much.

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@Vodoo: I don’t think Microsoft cares about the hardware business as much as Sony & Nintendo does, they’re more focused on software/service business these days. Hardware sales are not their overall profit or something, it’s how many people use their services (I.e game pass, Xbox live service) , that’s where they are successful right now and it looks like they’re pushing further this year.

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Rumours are pointless , wait for facts. Gamespot is meant to be a Gaming news site not a speculation site . Leave the nonsense to Facebook and Twitter.

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Nintendo often said stuff like this, but they still intentionally delayed the games so they launched on their new console.

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Too good to be shown, huh? Yeah, like MS has never been quick to brag about how their stuff is the very best when they have it.

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"Presumably this kind of compatibility between hardware options will continue with the new Xbox hardware set to be revealed at E3 in June."

I really don't see how this is going to work going forward. Developers are not going to want to do games that work on the base One when doing next gen content. Especially given how under powered the base model is. The X will be good for a while but that too will feel the squeeze in a few years.

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@darkelf83: The problem is Microsoft promised that no games will be exclusive to the Xbox One X that can't be played on the base model, so it handicaps developers from requiring a certain level of hardware. Most will likely simply abandon making anything on the old platform.

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@darkelf83: I think it will be for the first few years and after that they only work on the next gen hardware. I can't see why Sony will not do the same over 100 million consoles they are going to just abandon.

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@xhawk27: In all likelihood the PS4 will support whatever streaming services Sony intends to implement into the PS5 so, no, they won't be abandoning those consoles.

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ah, so they confirmed it for PC now. Glad now nobody needs to buy an xbox anymore, I mean on pc you get free multiplayer unlike xbox one where it needed the subscription.

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@sakaixx: And how much is a PC with the specs of the highest end Xbox model is going to cost?

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@xhawk27: For those with a job, you can get hardware that is far superior to the Xbox One.

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@xhawk27: Who cares. Based on what Ross has said, Infinite is going to suck. The MC Collection is where it is at and a crappy ol' 750 can handle Halo 5, so a cheap setup can certainly handle MCC.

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@xhawk27: On xbox one. it has 2 models, X and S. 95% of owner uses the S model, which I am sure reports from 2017 mentions integrated gpu is almost as powerful as the base console. not that hard to upgrade from there to get better experience.

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@sakaixx: had free hackers, dont forget that!

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@sakaixx: Depending on which marketplace you use, but yeah generally speaking, you're right. I'm befuddled as to how the xbox has survived these recent years.

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@redhedjack: Never underestimate consumer ignorance and diehard fanboyism.

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@saikowaifu2003: Or maybe, just maybe, a console is more convenient for some people compared to a PC for numerous reasons such as ease of access. That and the fact that they are almost always more affordable to begin with.

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@konstantinosc: Perhaps, but exclusives are usually the main selling point of a console and those are few and far between on XBOne.

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I don't know why this was ever a question. Sure, Halo Infinite would have been a solid exclusive launch title for the next generation Xbox but Microsoft isn't in the best position to be locking a good first-party title behind the buy-in fee of a whole new console. Plus they said they wanted to blur the lines between generations. I think they will be up front when they introduce a game that won't be compatible with the Xbox One family of devices. The Switch may even join that "family" soon via a Game Pass app so who knows as to when the next generation of Xbox will fully commence.

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@Blade_Runner_07: It is unclear how much the next gen console will cost, not everyone will buy the new console off the bat. Halo Infinite not coming to pc or the xbox one with hinder sales a ton .,Were the game might under perform. This a great decision

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@zero0010: Right. It's not the best idea to rob the Xbox One of what could be that generations only great Halo game. Halo 5 was supposed to be the Halo 3 of the current generation and it just wasn't. Halo Infinite needs to redeem the franchise and the brand just doesn't have the good graces to ask gamers to invest hundreds of dollars on new hardware just to access it.