Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection cover
Developers
Lead development 343 Industries
Original games (exc. Halo 4) Bungie
Windows Ruffian Games
Windows Splash Damage
Windows Saber Interactive
Publishers
Xbox Game Studios
Engines
Halo Engine
Saber3D Engine*[1]
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows December 3, 2019*[2]
Reception
OpenCritic 86
IGDB 86
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile, Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Halo
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on IGDB
Halo: The Master Chief Collection guide on StrategyWiki
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on MobyGames
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Wikipedia
Halo: Combat Evolved 2003
Halo 2 2007
Halo: Spartan Assault 2013
Halo Online 2015*
Halo: Spartan Strike 2015
Halo 5: Forge 2016
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition 2016
Halo Wars 2 2017
Halo Recruit 2017
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (series)
Halo Infinite 2021

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a collection of singleplayer and multiplayer FPS games in the Halo series. The collection includes Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. Only two of the games had previously received PC ports - the original Halo: Combat Evolved released in 2003 and Halo 2 released in 2007.

The games were released individually based on their chronology, starting with Halo: Reach in December 2019 with the rest following throughout the next year and concluding with Halo 4 on November 17, 2020.

Key points

This article acts as an overarching parent page for the individual game articles. See the game-specific section for details pertaining to each release.

General information

Official website
Official forums
Steam Community Discussions
Halo Insider Program

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require a Microsoft account for both singleplayer and multiplayer.
The games can be purchased either individually or in a discounted bundle containing all six games.[3]

Series[edit]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Remove the video files[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MCC\Content\Movies.
  2. Replace FMS_logo_microsoft_7_1_.bk2 and FMS_logo_343_7_1_.bk2 with empty plaintext or .txt files.

Notes

Players can use the Anti-Cheat Disabled (Mods and Limited Services) option to speed up the launch even further.[5]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\MCC\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\MCC\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/976730/pfx/[Note 1]
Local settings are shared between the Steam and Microsoft Store versions.[6]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Chelan_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\976730\remote\<user-id>\Saves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/976730/pfx/[Note 1]
Saves cannot be transferred between the versions.[7]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Used to save Mid-Mission Checkpoints in Campaign and Playlists.[8]
Xbox Cloud
Progress will transfer between the Xbox One and PC versions (Mid-Mission Checkpoint progress is not retained as not compatible).[8]

Video[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game general gameplay settings.
In-game general gameplay settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the individual pages for details.
Multi-monitor
See the individual pages for details.
Ultra-widescreen
See the individual pages for details.
4K Ultra HD
See the individual pages for details.
Field of view (FOV)
See the individual pages for details.
Windowed
See the individual pages for details.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the individual pages for details.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the individual pages for details.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the individual pages for details.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the individual pages for details.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See the individual pages for details.
See High frame rate to unlock the framerate in menus.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
FOV adjustment and variable frame rate support may change per title due to limitations.[9][10]

High frame rate in the main menu[edit]

Instructions[11]
  1. In the configuration file(s) location, navigate to Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor.
  2. Open Engine.ini using a text editor.
  3. At the bottom of the config file, add these lines of text:
    [SystemSettings]
    t.MaxFPS=xxx
    
  4. Replace xxx with the desired framerate cap for the menus, and save the file.
  5. Right click on Engine.ini, go to properties, then set the file as "Read-only". This will prevent the game from overwriting the values.

Input[edit]

In-game keyboard and mouse control settings.
In-game keyboard and mouse control settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Pause function can not be rebound (by design).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse Smoothing also supported.
Mouse sensitivity
Look, Vehicle, and Zoomed Mouse Sensitivity values.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate values for Look and Flight.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Limited to presets, see Controller remapping.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Separate values for Look and Flight.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller remapping[edit]

The Universal Presets apply to all games in the collection.

Audio[edit]

In-game general audio settings.
In-game general audio settings.
In-game general accessibility settings.
In-game general accessibility settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Menu Music, Game Music, Effects, and Voice Chat.
Surround sound
7.1[12]
Subtitles
See the individual pages for details.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Not available in Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST.
Portuguese
Voiceovers not available in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Halo 2 was not translated at all.
Russian
Not available in Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST.
Spanish
Voiceovers available for all games except for Halo 2: Anniversary.
Latin American Spanish
Voiceovers available for all games except for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Controllers not working through Steam input[edit]

Some controllers do not work using steam input.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MCC\Binaries\Win64\.
  2. Launch directly from MCC-Win64-Shipping.

Screen flickers in menus and in-game[edit]

The first time login to your Microsoft account window can become "stuck" and flicker continuously after a few seconds displaying a black screen.
Change your profile in-game. [13] [14] [15]
  1. Press the avatar icon in the top right corner of the screen in the main menu, just near your name plate. It’s the icon located just to the left of your rank badge.
  2. The ‘My Game Session’ window will pop-up, showing your current party. Select your own player name from the list, then choose ‘Change Profile’ in the menu that will open on the right hand side.
  3. You will be shown a Microsoft Window where you can sign out of your current Microsoft account, and straight into a new one.
Note that signing in and out of your profile using this method can fix this issue as well.

Network[edit]

In-game general network settings.
In-game general network settings.
Online features require a free Microsoft account.
Supports crossplay between Microsoft Store and Steam versions. PC/Xbox multiplayer and firefight crossplay as well as input based matchmaking released with Halo 4 launch.[16]
Input based matchmaking only matches you against other players who have it enabled.[17]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Use Nucleus Coop & Unofficial mod. Will be investigated to see if it can be supported post-launch.[10]
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
See the individual pages for details.
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
See the individual pages for details.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Hosted on 343i's Dedicated Servers.
Peer-to-peer
Self-hosted lobbies are Peer-to-Peer.
Dedicated
Matchmaking Online matches are hosted on 343i's Dedicated Servers. No official dedicated server is provided.
Self-hosting
Can host peer-to-peer Custom Game lobbies.
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 4811, 52390-52397, 52401-52425, 52460-52638, 52855, 53070, 53274, 53490, 53719, 53962, 54085-54090, 54175, 54382
UDP 4379, 7551, 61421
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11.1
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD, Miles Sound System, Wwise, iZotope Utilizes multiple audio processing systems across the collection.[18]
Interface Unreal Engine 4, Scaleform The former is used for the Main Menu UI and Customization UX, whereas the latter is used for the in-game UI.[18]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Xbox Live, Steamworks
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat Players have the option to launch the game without anti-cheat to play with custom modifications. Matchmaking is disabled in this mode.

Shortcut to launch without anti-cheat[edit]

Create a custom shortcut (Steam only)[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on the original desktop or start menu shortcut created by Steam, and select 'Properties.
  2. In the URL textbox change steam://rungameid/976730 to steam://launch/976730/option1
  3. Click OK, and launch the game using that link to run it without anti-cheat.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) AMD FX-4100 3.6 GHz
Intel Core i7-870 2.93 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
(Windows Store: 24.93 GB) (Steam:23.97GB)
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon Vega 10 Mobile
Intel UHD Graphics 630
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11.1 compatible
Shader model 5.0 support
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Support for Windows 8 is still being investigated.[10]
May be differences in System Requirements between the Windows Store and Steam versions of the game.[8]

Game sizes[edit]

Game title Size (Campaign + Multiplayer)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 6.37 GB
Halo: Reach 19.4 GB
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary 7.37 GB
Halo 2: Anniversary 28.8 GB
Halo 3 12.9 GB
Halo 3: ODST 8.97 GB
Halo 4 27.0 GB

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/976730/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (976730) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Saber Interactive - Halo: The Master Chief Collection - last accessed on 2020-03-09
  2. Halo Waypoint - Halo: Reach Arrives December 3rd - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  3. Halo Waypoint - MCC PC & Halo: Reach
  4. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-12-03
  5. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-12-03
    Verified the presence of the option on both Steam and the Microsoft Store versions of the game.
  6. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-12-03
    Verified by launching both versions and seeing what settings carried over.
  7. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-12-03
    The saves of each version uses a separate file structure from the other version.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Halo Waypoint - MCC Development Update - October 2019 - last accessed on 2019-10-31
  9. Halo Waypoint - MCC Development Update - April 2019 - last accessed on 2019-12-03
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 r/gaming - MCC PC, Halo: Reach, and Halo Insider AMA - last accessed on 2019-03-19
    "  Video Settings:
    • Yes, support for FOV-sliders is the plan. We will adjust what level of FOV is supported on a title by title basis. As an example, if adjusting the FOV causes significant player/weapon model distortion, we may need to put limits in.
    • Uncapped framerate is the plan, but the specific level of support will vary by title.
    Network:
    • re: Crossplay - PC players will be able to play together regardless of which store they choose to purchase from. In terms of Xbox One to PC crossplay, it's not something we're currently committing to at launch but it is top of mind and the team is actively investigating this.
    • re: Dedicated servers for Reach - our goal is to continue using dedicated servers to power the matchmaking experences within MCC. We'll definitely share more details as development progresses.
    • A custom games browser is of course very important to us and something we're looking forward to bringing to MCC on PC and Xbox One.
    • Regarding Splitscreen: This one is tricky and the team is still looking at what can be supported.
    System Requirements:
    • Currently our focus is on Win10 and Win7. Win8 is still being investigated.
     
    "
  11. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-07-28
    Tested by editing Engine.ini config.
  12. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-12-03
    Determined by using Special K and Razer Surround; basically through the process that is described here.
  13. https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/forums/85d779d52cfd46918b4f8b638f2e3c7b/topics/weird-bug---window-flashes-on-screen/cef0500c-b7ed-4926-89ae-0aea53d8779c/posts
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PG95T9JfQY
  15. https://www.pwrdown.com/gaming/how-to-change-microsoft-account-in-halo-master-chief-collection/#:~:text=To%20change%20your%20Microsoft%20account,left%20of%20your%20rank%20badge.
  16. Halo - MCC Development Update - July 2020 - last accessed on 2020-10-21
    "Features planned for release in 2020:
    • Crossplay
    • Input Based MM"
  17. Halo Waypoint - INPUT BASED MKB IS BROKE - last accessed on 2020-12-23
  18. 18.0 18.1 Halo Waypoint - Halo: The Master Chief Collection Credits - last accessed on 2019-12-09