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Is Halo Infinite cross-platform? Current cross-play status

Halo Infinite is exciting those who are fans of the original games, but will it evolve like other multiplayer games and be cross-platform?

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Halo Infinite will not only be on Xbox, but it will also be available at launch for those on PC for the first time in franchise history. Having said that, will Halo Infinite be cross-platform?

Some lucky fans have been experiencing Halo Infinite’s tech preview recently, testing the game’s bot AI, as well as playing against other players towards the end of the test through Arena Slayer.

As well as the release date, one thing on player’s minds is whether or not there will be Halo Infinite cross-platform play, so let’s get into it.

Halo Infinite cross-platform

Excitement is building up for Halo Infinite, with leaks surrounding a possible battle royale mode also reaching the surface.

Apart from some issues with black screening, players have been enjoying the tech preview, with many positive reviews about how the game feels and looks, emphasizing great customization.

One of the biggest topics surrounding the game since its reveal has been whether or not Halo Infinite will support cross-platform play. With this in mind, we have gathered together everything known about the Halo Infinite cross-platform capabilities.

Is Halo Infinite cross-platform?

In a recent blog from Xbox, the team discussed their commitment to continuing their PC gaming journey. This essentially means they are continuing to keep PC in mind, not just console.

Further in the article, they also confirmed big news for Halo Infinite cross-platform, stating:

“We know many of you play across more than just your PC, including on Xbox and mobile. That’s why we’re excited to announce Halo Infinite will support multiplayer cross-play and cross-progression when it releases later this year. That means if you’re playing on PC, you can play with your friends on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It also means that your multiplayer customization and progress will follow you across all platforms.”

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Xbox also confirmed that they were working hard to give those PC gamers the optimized experience and support those on console receive:

“We have been working closely with the PC community to ensure that Halo Infinite offers a premier PC experience, including highly desired features such as support for ultrawide and super ultrawide screens, triple keybinds, a wide variety of advanced graphics options, and more. We want to make sure that Halo is serving the PC community.”

This is great news for those on PC who love the Halo experience, as they can be sure that 343 Industries will be working hard to make the game as best as possible for PC.

Also, for those who have friends on the other platforms, this means you can play together no matter what platforms you are all on, thanks to Halo Infinite cross-platform play.

For those on console, you also have nothing to worry about when it comes to Halo Infinite cross-platform, as the team will continue to do what they have always done for console, which is support it fully.

Even better, those on console worried about PC gamers being in their lobbies have no fear, as we’re sure there will be an option to turn cross-play off like other cross-platform games like in Warzone.

For more on Halo Infinite, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the next flight test.

Image Credits: 343 Industries

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Halo Infinite Campaign: Gameplay & storyline

Master Chief’s journey continues in Halo Infinite – here’s everything we know about where the new campaign will take him.

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Halo is known for its competitive multiplayer mode, but for many fans, it’s the epic campaigns that keep them hooked on the series. Where will Halo Infinite’s story take us, and how will it play? We’ve got all the details here.

Halo Infinite has run into some trouble over the course of its development. The game was delayed before its December 8, 2021 release date was confirmed, and it won’t be launching with Forge or co-op Campaign.

Thankfully, these setbacks haven’t dampened the excitement for the next chapter of Master Chief’s story in the new game. Here’s everything we know about Halo Infinite’s Campaign.

Master Chief in Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite Campaign storyline

Halo Infinite’s single-player is set to pick up three years after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, and be the continuation of the Reclaimer story started by 343 in Halo 4. Iconic protagonist Master Chief is said to be playing a more significant role than in the previous game.

The story will follow on from the AI Cortana taking control of the galaxy using Guardians, the ancient Forerunner war machines. Chief will find another AI called “The Weapon,” who hints that the original Cortana was erased and replaced.

Footage we have seen from the game hints that Chief will start the Campaign floating through space near the Zeta Halo, where he will be saved by a UNSC soldier known only as “The Pilot.”

Much of the game is expected to center around battling the Banished on Zeta Halo, trying to find a way back to earth, and unraveling the mystery surrounding Cortana and The Weapon.

Halo player fighting a boss in Warzone

Halo Infinite Campaign gameplay

Concrete details surround Halo Infinite’s campaign have been relatively scarce, but we do know that it is set to shake up the linear formula found in previous installments.

Infinite looks to be opting for a more open approach, featuring a series of diverse sandboxes to dive into. From the gameplay we’ve seen, it looks as though players will be free to explore the various regions of the Zeta Halo map, rather than playing through rigid missions.

The different maps are said to be tied together by the game’s narrative, meaning that each area will likely have a number of missions to finish before the story takes players to the next map.

This change in approach also opens the door for more side objectives to complete in between story missions. A map screen shown at E3 in 2020 seemed to show open-world staples like bounties and outposts to take on.

Screenshot of the map in the Halo Infinite Campaign.

That was everything we know about Halo Infinite’s Campaign. We’re expecting more details to be revealed closer to launch, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for future updates.

For more on Halo Infinite, check out the different editions you can buy, as well as the minimum PC requirements.

Image credits: 343 Industries

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How to sign up and play the Halo Infinite multiplayer preview beta

Here’s how you can sign up to the Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta and be one of the first to preview new installment for the franchise.

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Halo Infinite developers 343 Industries have announced the next technical preview, this time with a bigger focus on arena PvP. Here’s how to register and play in the next round of Halo Infinite testing.

Halo Infinite’s first Technical Preview has now concluded, which offered players the chance to test out the game’s weapons and features ahead of its December 8 launch. This allowed devs to make highly requested changes to the game, and now they’re gearing up for a second round.

The second round of beta testing will see the bots return with improvements, as well as feature the Academy training mode and have a bigger focus on PvP.

Here’s how to sign up and play Halo Infinite’s second multiplayer preview.

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Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta

343 Industries announced on September 9 that the second round of Halo Infinite beta testing is set to arrive on September 24.

Players will need to register their Halo Insider profiles before September 13 to be eligible to participate. But, with this round of testing, they expect to have everyone fully registered playing in the multiplayer preview.

Halo Community Director Brian Jarrard added more detail, revealing that “Bots will be back (with some improvements), Academy will return some updates and the addition of “training mode”, and there will be a much bigger focus on Arena PVP this time including a new map and some objective modes. [Big Team Battle] is also on the menu!”

He also said they’re “hoping every eligible Insider gets invited (if millions more suddenly sign up maaaaybe not, but that’s a good problem to have).”

How to sign up to play Halo Infinite multiplayer preview

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To reiterate, you must be registered to the Halo Insider Program by September 13 to play in the multiplayer preview.

Luckily, signing up is simple. All you need to do is head over to the Halo Insider Program hub and click “Sign Up.” You will then be asked to sign in to your Xbox Live account. You also must be 18 years or older to participate in the tests.

You will be told that you will not be able to disclose any information from the tests, which includes any images or videos except when explicitly told it is okay to do so.

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Further, you will be asked for personal details like your email, country, and time zone. You will then be asked which previous Halo games you have played, which ones are your favorite, and what kind of modes do you like the most.

The sign-up also requires you to state what platforms and controllers you own, what display settings you have, and what the audio setup is like. You can also opt into PC-specific beta tests on the Halo Insider sign-up page, and you’ll be asked to share your PC specifications and your Steam ID if you have one.

To recap:

  1. Head to Halo Waypoint’s Insider Programme Hub
  2. Click ‘Sign Up’
  3. Sign into your Xbox Live Account
  4. Accept the terms and conditions
  5. Fill out the questionaire

Lastly, once you are all signed up, all you need to do is wait until you are called upon for a test.


For more on Halo Infinite, check out the game’s and minimum & recommended specs for PC.

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Halo Infinite leaker claims game will have 23 maps at launch

The Halo series has spawned some classic maps over the years, and a leaker has revealed there could be 23 more when Infinite launches.

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The long-awaited release of Halo Infinite is coming later this year, and fans can’t wait to see what it has to offer. Now, a leaker has hinted there will be an impressive 23 multiplayer maps to dive into at launch.


Halo Infinite is one of the year’s most anticipated games, with the community itching to get their hands on Master Chief’s latest adventure. With the much-speculated release date now confirmed, attention can turn to the game itself.

We already know that Infinite will be launching without Forge and co-op Campaign, but according to a new leak that doesn’t mean that it will be short on content on release day.

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Dataminer Surasia4 posted on Twitter that Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer will come with a whopping 23 different maps on day one, despite it also launching as a standalone free-to-play game.

They said that the large number of maps were found to have assets in the game’s files, and will be spread across the classic Arena modes as well as Big Team Battle.

It isn’t clear from the tweets whether these will all be brand new maps designed for Halo Infinite, or if 343 will be bringing back some classics from older games as well.

Fans were excited at the prospect of having so many arenas to try out at launch. Reddit user TheVictor1st said, “23 maps would be amazing if true. I think if they’re all decent-good, I think it might take off the burn that fans are feeling with co-op and Forge being delayed.”

In a later tweet, the same leaker also hinted that the next flight will take place sometime in October. This is where players are given hands-on time with the game to provide the developers with valuable feedback ahead of launch.

Given that September sees the addition of Halo: ODST into the Master Chief Collection, fans feel that an October flight could “make sense” as that would give both room to breathe without taking focus away from each other.

It’s worth noting that the leaker doesn’t show any screenshots to back up the claims, so it’s hard to gauge how accurate they are at this time.

For more on Halo Infinite, check out the minimum PC requirements and all of the editions and bundles available to buy.

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