Tuesday, March 12th 2019

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced For PC

The last time an actual Halo game made its way to PC was 2007 when Halo 2 launched three years after the console version to little fanfare, as it required the Windows Vista operating system. Since then Microsoft has not bothered to release any of the mainstream titles on PC. However, that is no longer the case as Microsoft has announced that they will be bringing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC. While some may think it too little too late, considering the Master Chief Collection initially launched nearly five years ago, the fact remains with this release PC gamers now have access to the majority of the series including Halo 1, 2, 3, 4, ODST, and Reach which was just recently added to the collection. The only title missing at this point is Halo 5.

While a typical re-release is possible it appears that is not the direction 343 Industries will take as they recognize that PC gamers are an exacting bunch and as such have brought in help from Ruffian and Splash Damage studios in order to polish the collection ahead of its debut. As of now, you can expect support for 4K resolution, 60 frames per second gameplay, and HDR at least as a minimum along with proper controls. Overall the Master Chief Collection offers a ton of content including 67 campaign missions and 120 multiplayer maps when you include both Horde Survival and Spartan Ops. Pricing and availability currently remain unknown, but at the very least it will be available on Steam meaning it is not a Microsoft Store exclusive. That said, it will still require an Xbox Live account.

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59 Comments on Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced For PC

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Better late than never imo. though Im sure there are those folks who will still hate on it and wont buy because its microsoft and microsoft doesn't care about PC gaming,
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#2
lexluthermiester
So according to the Steam page, while you can buy it on Steam, you still need an XBox Live account to play it. So far, gonna have to pass. Microsoft, this is not the way to go.
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#3
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
Good catch I missed that. Post updated.
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#4
lexluthermiester
crazyeyesreaper, post: 4011031, member: 68032"
Good catch I missed that.
I'm not losing hope that they might see sense and sell the collection without the need for XBox Live on the single player side. I have no interest in the multiplayer side of the collection. We'll see though.
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#5
ZeppMan217
Had to do a double take when I saw the Steam logo at the end.
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#6
LAN_deRf_HA
lexluthermiester, post: 4011028, member: 134537"
So according to the Steam page, while you can buy it on Steam, you still need an XBox Live account to play it. So far, gonna have to pass. Microsoft, this is not the way to go.
Can you even have a windows 10 account without also having a live account? Seems like all of their services are accessible with a mono account these days. Open the xbox app and see if it takes your windows login.
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#7
MAXLD
FreedomEclipse, post: 4011027, member: 38411"
though Im sure there are those folks who will still hate on it and wont buy because its microsoft
I think there's no need to even reach the Microsoft part... PC always had way better games than Halo, which flopped each time they arrived on PC back in the day (and not only because they were only ported 2 years after launch). The one I played was one of the most repetitive games I ever seen... compared to PC game standards at the time, it was mediocre, to say the least. Not hating, just calling it as it is. There's plenty of console games that had success when ported to PC, but this one was never the case, much less to the same level it had on console...
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#8
lexluthermiester
LAN_deRf_HA, post: 4011054, member: 51413"
Can you even have a windows 10 account without also having a live account? Seems like all of their services are accessible with a mono account these days. Open the xbox app and see if it takes your windows login.
I don't use Windows 10. Will likely setup a second drive to run it and experiment again.
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#9
Prima.Vera
Are those re-mastered versions of the games? And I mean with increased poly count and Hi-Res textures at least, not just Hi-res and custom format support...
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#10
Devastator0
LAN_deRf_HA, post: 4011054, member: 51413"
Can you even have a windows 10 account without also having a live account? Seems like all of their services are accessible with a mono account these days. Open the xbox app and see if it takes your windows login.
Yes, you can. I log in and use Windows 10 with a local account (most people just glazed past this during the Windows 10 upgrade process and also when they install the OS). I've only authenticated to my Microsoft account to sync the product key with it, but for logging into my PC's themselves, I use the local account. That also said, you can have it so that you only log in with your Microsoft account for certain components of Windows 10, like the Xbox app for example (Not sure if that's changed since the last time I used it but I haven't had Windows try and force me to use my Microsoft account to log into it).
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#11
TheOne
I wonder how much they are going to charge for each individual release.
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#12
64K
Looking forward to this and on Steam too.

I was reading today that MS will also be bringing DX12 to Windows 7.

Is this really MS? I'm pretty impressed.
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#13
TheOne
64K, post: 4011078, member: 148270"
I was reading today that MS will also be bringing DX12 to Windows 7.
What?
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#15
GreiverBlade
IM IN!

long awaited finally arrived! oh well i will not have to re-buy a Xbox 360 or further to play Halo again.
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#16
londiste
Bought Master Chief Collection digitally for Xbox One a while ago, can I play this on my PC now? :)
Microsoft Store currently does not list it as available for PC so cannot check myself yet.
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#17
Vayra86
MAXLD, post: 4011058, member: 41348"
I think there's no need to even reach the Microsoft part... PC always had way better games than Halo, which flopped each time they arrived on PC back in the day (and not only because they were only ported 2 years after launch). The one I played was one of the most repetitive games I ever seen... compared to PC game standards at the time, it was mediocre, to say the least. Not hating, just calling it as it is. There's plenty of console games that had success when ported to PC, but this one was never the case, much less to the same level it had on console...
Agreed, I've never really understood the Halo hype to be fair. Its a shooter. OK :P
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#18
lexluthermiester
64K, post: 4011078, member: 148270"
Looking forward to this and on Steam too.
Would easily prefer it on GOG..
64K, post: 4011082, member: 148270"
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/microsoft-brings-directx-12-to-windows-7-world-of-warcraft-the-first-game-supporting-it/
WOW! Why? This late in Windows 7 life? What's next, Microsoft saying that they're extending the life of Windows 7 because of it's continuing popularity? I'd be way cool with that. Would never have seen it coming though.
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#19
Slizzo
Prima.Vera, post: 4011071, member: 98685"
Are those re-mastered versions of the games? And I mean with increased poly count and Hi-Res textures at least, not just Hi-res and custom format support...
Yes, on console these games were fully remastered, with a button you could press on the controller to flip back and forth from OG graphics to the new new on the fly. They look great, and ran well when I was playing on my Xbox.
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#20
TheOne
Halo for the PC and DX12 support on Win7, is Valve going to announce HL3 this year.
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#21
Vayra86
TheOne, post: 4011329, member: 83206"
Halo for the PC and DX12 support on Win7, is Valve going to announce HL3 this year.
Heheh yeah alongside Sony and MS declaring true cross platform play with the PC as well.

A man can dream
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#22
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
TheOne, post: 4011329, member: 83206"
Halo for the PC and DX12 support on Win7
Don’t get too excited. DX12 is going to be on a limited game-only basis, with only support for one game so far.
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#23
dirtyferret
awesome news, hopefully they bring it out quickly and has sensible pricing...one can dream
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#24
TheOne
rtwjunkie, post: 4011342, member: 56774"
Don’t get too excited. DX12 is going to be on a limited game-only basis, with only support for one game so far.
Just the fact that they are adding support in games at all for a 10 year old OS they have been trying to kill for the past 7.
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#25
Razrback16
Glad it will be available on Steam. Sure hope we have a way to get Halo 5 eventually.

Hey guys side question as I saw the notes earlier in the thread about an XBOX LIVE account - can someone fill me in on that? Is that something you have to pay for? If that's the case I'll have to pass on it.
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