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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Free Xbox Series X and S Update Launches November 17

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Free Xbox Series X and S Update Launches November 17 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 October 2020 / 941 Views

Publisher Microsoft and developer 343 Industries announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get a free Xbox Series X and S optimization update a week after the launch of the consoles on November 17. 

The update will add 120 frames per second to the campaigns and multiplayer, improve split-screen, and add up to 4K resolution support on the Xbox Series X.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available now for Xbox One, PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC.

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Mr Puggsly (on 20 October 2020)

Good news, makes me more intersted in upgrading to 120Hz TV. Although, they should also improve animations in the game locked to 30 fps.

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DonFerrari (on 20 October 2020)

Very good, in time for launch and will soften a little the delay for Infinite.

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Mr Puggsly DonFerrari (on 20 October 2020)

Agreed, a significant graphics settings and performance update to Halo 5 would be appreciated as well.

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method114 (on 20 October 2020)

This whole 120 FPS stuff is getting out of hand. Those resources are better spent on improving the graphics in a game not adding more FPS. Most console players play on TV. How many console players not only have a PC monitor but have a PC monitor that goes above 60hz? It has to be so small that even focusing on those people is a waste of time.

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foodfather method114 (on 20 October 2020)

Completely agree. The % of TVs that support this figure is minuscule let alone console owners that play on monitors.

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DonFerrari method114 (on 20 October 2020)

There are 120hz tvs as welll... and as long as the dev offers option for 30fps and 60fps as well I see 0 problem with they offering 120Hz. Sure they could use their time for other stuff, but that could be said almost about anything in the game.

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Pemalite method114 (on 20 October 2020)

I do. So please don't speak for me.

120hz is a future-proof technology, more and more displays are rolling out supporting the technology... First it was computer monitors, next it was phones... And soon it will be TV's.

120hz is awesome. - Speaking as a 144hz convert here.

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Mr Puggsly method114 (on 20 October 2020)

Games are not really focusing on 120 fps at the moment. Think of it this way, any game built to run on 8th gen specs has the potential to hit 120 fps on next gen. They are also achieving 120 fps in the same way a decent gaming PC would, visual compromises.

Dirt 5 for example only runs at 120 fps if you choose the optional 120 fps mode. When you select 120Hz mode, some graphics settings are reduced and the resolution is dynamic 1440p.

Via patches or remasters, its certainly possible all 8th gen content can become 120 fps or do a fairly good job targeting it. The CPU and GPU boost is massive. While 9th gen games that can achieve 120 fps will be case by case, especially for AAA content.

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Azzanation method114 (on 21 October 2020)

This isnt a remaster or remake, this is just free backwards compatibility from XB1 to XSX.

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DonFerrari method114 (on 22 October 2020)

MS certainly put some manpower on the patch to make this improvements, but yep I doubt that would have impacted any other project or took away from other aspects of the patch. It isn't like they could use the same manpower and completely increase texture quality, poly count or anything else, so really the best bang for buck they could do (and also helps their marketing) was enabling a good 120fps mode on it.

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Azzanation method114 (on 22 October 2020)

Thats the thing, this is a free update, much like how a digital PC game works. I would expect the following enhancements you mentioned if they charged us again for the game. Freebies are always nice.

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