Microsoft Announces the Halo Insider Program


First is Halo: Reach, which will be available in 4K resolution at 60 fps with HDR support for those planning to play the game on an Xbox One X console.

The announcement came during the latest "Inside Xbox" episode from Microsoft and it not only revealed the new platforms, but that another Halo title would be added to the bunch: Halo: Reach (also coming to the Xbox One version).

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also included under Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One, making PC a natural extension.

People in the program will be given exclusive opportunities to participate in public tests of in-progress Halo game releases before providing feedback and valuable insights that will help shape the future of the franchise.

Microsoft and Halo developer 343 Industries blocked the use and development of this mod a year ago, but apparently, a working build of this mod is still circulating and allows fans to experience Halo 3 on PC ahead of the game's official release on the Microsoft Store and Steam. The releases of the multiplayer compilation will be standard regardless of where the copy is bought - in Microsoft Store or Steam.

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But the real reason why is rather simple: Microsoft wants to sell as many copies of the game as they can. And with Halo: The Master Chief Collection a staple of the Xbox lineup, what better game to push adoption?

Will you be checking out The Master Chief Collection on PC?

Old Halo games weren't made to be monetized via live services and microtransactions such as Halo 5's REQ packs, so the only route Microsoft actually has to make money from MCC on PC platforms like Steam is from full game sales. But the team would love to hear feedback on this and as we get further down the road, it's something I think we're going to have to evaluate, and if it's something that the community wants and makes sense, I think the team wants to make it happen. As for a projected release date for Reach, which many were hoping we'd get at SXSW, Jarrard said it'll be "ready when it's ready".

Finally, not only will there not be cross-play when the PC version of the game is released, there also won't be Xbox Play Anywhere.