Halo 5: Forge

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Halo 5: Forge
Halo 5: Forge cover
Developers
343 Industries
Windows SkyBox Labs[1]
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows September 8, 2016[2]
Halo 5: Forge on Wikipedia
Halo
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 2019
Halo Infinite 2020

Key points

Free-to-play[3]
Includes all Multiplayer Maps from Halo 5: Guardians (excluding Warzone maps as they lack Forge functionality)[4]
Only includes the Forge and Custom Games functionality of Halo 5.[4]

General information

Official series site (Halo Waypoint)
Halo Waypoint Forums
Halo Nation - A very detailed wiki for everything Halo related
Halopedia - Another wiki for the Halo series
Halo.Bungie.org - One of the biggest Halo fan sites around

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Windows
All versions require Microsoft Store DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Halo 5 Exuberant[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Halo5Forge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game audio/video settings.
In-game audio/video settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Bleam to set a custom resolution.[citation needed]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use Bleam to set a custom resolution.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 78° horizontal.[5] Use Halo 5 Exuberant to set a custom FOV.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always enabled.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
FPS cap can be configured to 30 or 60.
120+ FPS
Physics are tied to frame rate. Use Bleam to set a custom FPS cap.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/keyboard settings (1/2).
In-game mouse/keyboard settings (1/2).
In-game mouse/keyboard settings (2/2).
In-game mouse/keyboard settings (2/2).
In-game gamepad settings (1/2).
In-game gamepad settings (1/2).
In-game gamepad settings (2/2).
In-game gamepad settings (2/2).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Dialog.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
Forge and Custom Games

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Microsoft confirmed that Matchmaking would not be included.[4]
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

"Connection lost" multiplayer kick when alt-tabbed[edit]

Allow Halo 5 to run in background (Windows settings)[6]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 [4]
Shader Model support 5.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink 2
Multiplayer Xbox Live

System requirements[edit]

Windows[7]
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 (Version 14393.98)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.3 GHz
AMD FX 6120 (Requires SSSE3 & SSE4.1)
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
AMD Radeon R7 260X
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible

References