Next month, Microsoft will release Halo Infinite simultaneously on Xbox consoles and PC. And the PC version will have some advantages.
“343 Industries and Halo have entered a new era of play where PC is at the center of everything we do, alongside console,” Microsoft’s Noah Benesch explains. “Today, we’re thrilled to share with Halo fans and the PC gaming community at large how we’re taking everything we’ve learned from The Master Chief Collection to make Halo Infinite a truly PC-first experience from day one.”
Some of the key exclusives to the PC version of the game include:
PC-specific features. Halo Infinite “supports a wide range of hardware and device endpoints while still supporting all the PC-specific features players have come to expect,” Microsoft says. “From baseline expectations like ultrawide/super ultrawide support (including cinematics), FOV adjustment, framerate customization and advanced graphics settings, to niche enthusiast touches like weapon offset control, triple key-binds, and PC LAN support, Halo Infinite was built from the ground-up for PC.”
PC ecosystem features. In addition to those in-game features, Halo Infinite will integrate with Discord, Razer Chroma RGB, Steam, and Xbox Game Pass “to ensure it takes advantage of the most each has to offer for PC players.”
AMD engineering partnership. Microsoft partnered with AMD to ensure that Halo Infinite is optimized for gaming PCs. “We’ve worked closely with AMD engineers to optimize performance for AMD Ryzen Processors, including implementing changes that let Halo Infinite perform better on processors with high core and thread counts,” Microsoft explains. “We also worked with them to ensure Halo Infinite takes full advantage of ultra-high performance AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics, based on AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, and have developed incredible driver updates that deliver massive improvements in frame time performance throughout areas of the game’s campaign mode.”
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Halo Infinite Limited Edition graphics card. AMD and Microsoft also partnered on the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Halo Infinite Limited Edition graphics card, a Halo Infinite-themed version of AMD’s flagship graphics card. It’s described as the fastest gaming graphics card AMD ever developed and it is “designed to deliver powerhouse performance and incredibly high-fidelity visuals for 4K gaming.”
For more information, be sure to check out the Halo Infinite | PC Overview video on YouTube.