Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Microsoft to Present First Halo Infinite Gameplay at E3 2019 - On the PC Platform

Tech Journalist Brad Sams, who first reported on Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to the PC platform before its official announcement, has spilled the beans on another juicy detail regarding the Halo universe: that Microsoft will use this E3 2019 to showcase the first gameplay for the game. This isn't news, really - after last year's tease, it was expected that gameplay would be available this year to whet gamers' appetites. However, the fact that Halo Infinite will be running in the PC platform is newsworthy, since this is quite the departure from previously-known Microsoft, which seemed to relegate its PC gaming ambitions to other developers.

Now, with Microsoft vouching to treat the PC platform as the gaming juggernaut it is, and the already-known information that 343 Industries' (the current Halo developers) Slipspace engine would treat PC gamers with the latest technology in terms of graphics presentation, PC has become the defacto platform of choice to showcase Halo's next-gen visuals (whilst using an Xbox One controller, by the way). This likely only happens because Microsoft isn't ready to completely pull the wraps on the next-generation Xbox; or it could serve as a show of good faith from the company when it comes to PC gaming. Whatever the reason for Microsoft's decision, this seems like a great time to be a PC - and Halo - fan.
As Brad Sams puts it:
For Halo Infinite, this will be the first real showing of the next generation game. Microsoft will be running the demos from a PC with an Xbox controller as they don't want the first impression of the new game to be running on the now dated Xbox One hardware."
Source: Thurrot
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8 Comments on Microsoft to Present First Halo Infinite Gameplay at E3 2019 - On the PC Platform

#1
Razrback16
Good for Microsoft. It's good to see some good will from them toward the PC Gaming platform. I'm quite interested in the Masterchief Collection they're planning to release on Steam, also.
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#2
Steevo
AMD bringing us game love by unifying the architecture.
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#4
yakk
Amazing what upcoming competition from Google & company can do :)

And yes indeed AMD is holding all the cards here.
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#5
TheOne
I really hope they announce pricing at E3 for the MCC.
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spnidel
yakk, post: 4059525, member: 158293"
Amazing what upcoming competition from Google & company can do :)
wish people would see competition from the epic store towards Steam in the same light
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#7
danbert2000
This is going to be awesome. Looking forward to playing it in 4k HDR without having to shell out for an Xbox One S. I'm glad the console exclusivity walls are crumbling a bit. The only thing that Microsoft could do to dampen my spirits is make us pay for Xbox Live to play multiplayer on PC. I would probably still buy the game for single player, but maybe after a price cut or two. If it's free multiplayer I'm buying it first day.
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#8
yakk
spnidel, post: 4059820, member: 170908"
wish people would see competition from the epic store towards Steam in the same light
yeah agree ...it can be tricky to navigate for some...

People with obvious vested interest aside, competition is always needed. Even if somebody doesn't agree with a company's business ethics or can see the potential harm to the market in general they can do, the basic fact of having them as a competitor keeps the market healthy longterm. Sometimes to the detriment of short term regressions like what the Epic store can potentially do.

Long term it should drive market innovation forward.
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