Halo Infinite

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Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite cover
Developers
343 Industries
SkyBox Labs
Sperasoft
The Coalition
Certain Affinity
Atomhawk
Publishers
Xbox Game Studios
Engines
Slipspace Engine
Release dates
Windows December 8, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 86
IGDB 88
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Sponsored, Free-to-play[Note 1]
Microtransactions Cosmetic
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi
Series Halo
Halo Infinite on HowLongToBeat
Halo Infinite on IGDB
Halo Infinite on MobyGames
Halo Infinite on Wikipedia
Halo
Halo: Combat Evolved 2003
Halo 2 2007
Halo: Spartan (series)
Halo Online 2015*
Halo 5: Forge 2016
Halo Wars (series)
Halo Recruit 2017
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (series)
Halo Infinite 2021

Key Points

Xbox Cross Play title - Play multiplayer with Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC players[2]

General information

Official forum
Official support page
Steam Community Discussions

Halo Infinite is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game in the Halo series.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.co.uk
Microsoft Store
Standard Edition
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Play Anywhere. Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Steam
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Online multiplayer requires an Xbox Live account.
Windows

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
Free-to-play Multiplayer modes are free-to-play.[1]
Sponsored XP boosts and multiplayer cosmetics as part of partnerships with Rockstar Energy, Monster Energy, Mega Construx and Mondelēz snack brands.[3][4]

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Boost A Battle Pass is available to purchase each in-game season, including rewards such as XP boosts, challenge swaps, armour, as well as weapon and armour coatings. Battle Pass tiers can also be instantly skipped with an additional purchase using Credits.[5]
Cosmetic Armor, weapon and vehicle coatings can be purchased with real money via the in-game store.[6]
Currency Credits or Halo Credits can be purchased with real money at an exchange rate of 500 Credits per 5 US Dollars.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro video[edit]

Remove the video file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\videos\
  2. Delete intro.mp4
Change the video file

If the game refuses to start when the intro video is simply deleted, it can instead be replaced with a dummy file to skip it.

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\videos\
  2. Delete intro.mp4
  3. Download this placeholder video file, rename it into intro.mp4
  4. Place the downloaded file where the old intro.mp4 file was

Disable Chat Filter[edit]

Instructions
By default, the game comes with a (rather strict) text chat filter that cannot be disabled within the UI.
  1. Open up SpecControlSettings.json with a text editor. (See configuration file(s) location.)
  2. Find text_chat_filter_enabled
  3. Change "value" from 1 to 0.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.254428597CFE2_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Local\HaloInfinite\Settings\SpecControlSettings.json
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\HaloInfinite\Settings\SpecControlSettings.json
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1240440/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%/Packages/Microsoft.254428597CFE2_8wekyb3d8bbwe/SystemAppData/wgs/
Windows <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/1240440/remote
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1240440/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+. Announced support for both 21:9 and 32:9.[7]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider from 65 up to 120, with 78 as default.[7] Player model legs disappear if set above 78.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless Flip Discard
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Shown as "Texture filtering" in settings.[7] Doesn't work with a lot of terrain textures (yet?).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forces TAA with 'high' and 'low' presets, no option to disable.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
If game stutters due to Gsync, Freesync or VRR then enable Vsync in your GPU CP, disable it in game and set max FPS to unlocked (unlimited). If you need a frame rate cap use the one in your GPU CP only.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Custom limit is available when Vsync is disabled, can be set up to 960 FPS.[8] Characters and objects in cutscenes are animated at 30FPS, though this may be a bug as the camera and other effects are animated at the proper framerate. If you get stutter during gameplay, see Vsync notes above.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR slider controls peak luminance (uses an arbitrary 0-100 scale rather than mapping directly to cd/m2 value).[9] Brightness slider controls black level.
Ray tracing
Support for ray-tracing is comming in a post-launch update[10]
Color blind mode
Multiple settings to change enemy outline color in matches and theatre mode as well as subtitles.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Triple keybinding
Mouse acceleration
optional
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Supports Xbox Elite Shift Keys. Used to give a button, stick or trigger 2 functions
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Multiple configuration options
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Any native xinput device will work although an Xbox One (or later revisions) are recommended
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Native PlayStation Controller support doesn't work properly. The workaround is using an Input Remapper with DS4 Emulation support.[11]
DualShock button prompts
Xbox button prompts only
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Button Prompts can rapidly switch back and forth if both Gamepad and Keyboard/Mouse Inputs are in use at the same time and the mouse is moved or keyboard touched.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
By default, Steam Input is enabled for Major Controller types including PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Generic Controllers.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Supports Dolby Atmos
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Disabled by default.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Versus
Custom
Online play
Versus
Forge-map maker coming Q2 2022. Co-op coming later, maybe later in Season 2 https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/6/22964321/halo-infinite-campaign-co-op-season-two-may

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
All platforms use Microsoft TrueSkill matchmaking system
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated

Issues[edit]

Save game data corruption

There is currently a persistent issue relating to the detection of multiple inputs that causes a double sign-in bug, as seen here. If this occurs, attempting to load up a save will currently result in the save data being irreparably corrupted. While there is no official word from 343 on this issue, it is currently recommended to manually back up your save files until it is resolved. This is also known to affect multiplayer matches, as seen here.

This issue may be resolved by those who are actively using two devices to play Halo Infinite, such as an Xbox and the Windows Store version of the game or two PCs over Steam - if the corrupted save data is not synced over the cloud to the alternative device, an earlier version may be restored by replacing the cloud save data through active progression of the local copy and allowing a re-sync of this version.

Note: This is known to frequently occur if a controller is disconnected and reconnected during play, or if multiple accounts are signed in at once on an Xbox. If you get a "Lets go!" pop-up prompting you to log back in during play, do NOT accept it and exit the game immediately.

Issues fixed[edit]

Corrupt/Stuttering audio[edit]

Disable Inactive Mute

There is a bug with the game's Inactive Mute option. Go to Settings>Audio and uncheck the option Inactive Mute. As a side effect of this workaround, audio will stay enabled even when the game window is minimized or unfocused.

Reconnect your audio device

Disconnect and reconnect your audio device during a match.

Update drivers

You can try updating the sound card drivers, audio device drivers, and the proprietary device management software if in use.

Poor quality audio on Bluetooth devices[edit]

Halo Infinite should be closed before performing the steps below
Disable hands-free telephony service
  1. Open the Control Panel to Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.
  2. Right click the Bluetooth device and select Properties > Services.
  3. Untick the Hands-free Telephony service.

Improve performance[edit]

Uninstall Multiplayer, and Campaign, Hi-Res Textures DLCs
  1. On Steam, right click Halo Infinite
  2. Click Properties, then DLC
  3. Untick 'Multiplayer Hi-Res Textures', and 'Campaign Hi-Res Textures'.
  4. This drastically improves performance, and frames per second
Disable Xbox Game Bar
  1. Open Windows settings
  2. Click Gaming, the 3rd option on the left side, with the Xbox logo
  3. Use the slider to set Xbox Game Bar to Off.
  4. This will improve performance slightly
Disable Steam overlay
  1. On Steam, right click Halo Infinite
  2. Click Properties
  3. Untick 'Enable Steam overlay'
  4. This should slightly improve frame rate

Reduce crashing[edit]

Disconnect multiple monitors
  1. If using more than one monitor, unplug all but the primary monitor from your PC.
  2. Doing this will reduce crashing.
Enable vertical sync
  1. In Halo Infinite, go to settings, and enable Vsync.
  2. Some Steam forums users have reported this reduces crashing.

Issues connecting to the server[edit]

Disconnecting from any vpn services and disabling all network Connections except the one being currently used should fix this issue.


Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 Hardware Tiled Resources Tier 2 and Resource Binding Tier 3 features of the Direct3D 12_0 feature level is required
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Multiplayer Xbox Live
Anti-cheat Arbiter Developers' own proprietary solution[12]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4440
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 570
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
A graphics card that supports the Hardware Tiled Resources Tier 2 and Resource Binding Tier 3 features of the Direct3D 12_0 feature level is required.[13][14]

Notes

  1. Only multiplayer is free-to-play.[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1240440/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1240440) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Halo on Twitter - last accessed on 2020-10-23
    "Halo is for everyone. We can confirm #HaloInfinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and will support 120FPS on Xbox Series X. More details will be shared later!"
  2. https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/29/22409334/halo-infinite-crossplay-cross-progression-xbox-pc
  3. Xbox News - Bank Now, Play Later: Halo Infinite Meets Monster Energy Global Partnership - last accessed on 2020-10-23
  4. Halo Waypoint - Colorful Column - last accessed on 2020-10-23
    "Over the last few weeks, a number of different marketing promotions have started popping up around the world with partners offering a variety of in-game customization offers for Halo Infinite. While we shifted our release to 2021, many of these programs are still proceeding this Fall as planned which lets fans redeem and bank items now. These cosmetics will be available in-game when we launch. From Mega Construx toys to Monster Energy drinks to Mondelez cookies, candies, and more, fans around the world will have opportunities to score 2XP boosts, emblems, and ‘armor coatings."
  5. Halo Infinite Battle Pass & Free-to-Play FAQ - last accessed on 2021-12-27
  6. John Junyszek (Halo Community Manager at 343 Industries) on Twitter - last accessed on 2020-10-24
    ""Coatings (and therefore colors) can only be purchased?! >:("
    No, that is not the case. There will be all kinds customization items (including coatings) that can be earned in-game and earned as special rewards. Will there be purchases? Sure. Is that the only way? Absolutely not.
    "
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Inside Infinite - April 2021 - last accessed on 2021-04-29
  8. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-07-30)
  9. Verified by User:MonkeyCrumpets on 2021-12-09)
  10. Halo Infinite is getting ray tracing thanks to a Microsoft and AMD partnership - last accessed on 2021-10-21
  11. Verified by User:Al2009man on 2021-11-16
    Using Ryochan4's DS4Windows fork and setting [Emulated Controller] to DualShock 4
  12. CLOSER LOOK: HALO INFINITE’S ANTI-CHEAT STRATEGY - last accessed on 2022-07-14
  13. Reddit post about the beta and its' requirements - last accessed on 2021-11-16
  14. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2021-11-16
    Tested with the multi-player beta on my GTX 760. The game shows an error about Hardware Tiled Resources Tier 2 being required and does not start despite clicking 'Continue'.