PC gamers already recently had the chance to try Halo Infinite with a series of technical previews, but what PCs testers have been playing so far wasn’t the whole story. Today, Microsoft detailed what to expect from the PC version of Halo Infinite, and the company explained how it leveraged its experience with the PC version of Halo: MCC to deliver a “truly PC-first experience” with the upcoming Halo game.
First of all, developer 343 Industries has chosen AMD as its exclusive partner for Halo Infinite, and the game will be optimized for AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon RX6000 GPUs. The game will support AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro technology for a stutter-free experience, as well as HDR. AMD will also help 343 Industries to bring raytracing support to Halo Infinite, which will come with a post-launch update.
If Microsoft and AMD are making sure that Halo Infinite will play great on AMD-based PCs, developer 343 Industries is still going to optimize the game for a wide range of hardware. PC gamers can expect advanced features including ultrawide / super ultrawide support, FOV adjustment, framerate customization, triple key-binds and PC LAN support, and more. Halo Infinite will also offer rich presence in Steam and support for in-game Discord server invites, and Microsoft has also teamed up with Razer to integrate Halo Infinite with the company’s Chroma RGB Lightning engine.
Thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with AMD, consumers who purchase select AMD Radeon and Ryzen products will also get 1 free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC for playing Halo Infinite on day one. To celebrate the upcoming launch of Halo Infinite, AMD also revealed a Radeon RX 6900 XT Halo Infinite Limited Edition graphics card that some lucky Halo fans will be able to win in the coming weeks. Razer has also created a cool lone of Halo-inspired peripherals that will also offer bonus in-game rewards.
Halo Infinite will be released on PC and Xbox consoles on December 8, and the game’s campaign will also be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one. For the first time in the history of the franchise, Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode will be entirely free-to-play and Xbox and PC gamers will be able to play together. However, the game's campaign won't support online co-op at launch, and 343 Industries said that this experience and the Forge level-editor mode will be added in future updates.
Microsoft is planning a digital event on November 15 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Xbox, and we expect Halo to get a lot of stage time. Halo Infinite is one of the most anticipated games of the holiday season following last year's delay, and the positive reception from PC and Xbox gamers during the previous technical previews suggests that the game could make a big splash on the competitive multiplayer scene.