Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Reportedly “Close to Release” on PC

Halo: The Master Cheif Collection is Reportedly

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Reportedly “Close to Release” on PC

We have had sources that claimed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection was coming to PC for quite some time, hearing reports that Microsoft had internal builds of both Halo 5’s campaign and the Master Chief Collection running on PC since 2016. With most former Xbox One exclusives coming to the PC platform, ports of the Xbox One’s Halo releases seem inevitable, especially given Microsoft/Xbox’ shift to a more software-driven approach to gaming. 

Brad Sams, an executive editor over at Thurrott, has claimed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is “close to release” for the PC platform. In the past, Brad Sams has been the source of reliable information regarding Microsoft’s console plans, giving an extra air of credibility to these rumours. 

Recently, Xbox’s Phil Spencer confirmed that several PC-focused announcements ready for E3 2019. Beyond that, a new Microsoft Gaming store is planned for PC, which will likely launch under the Xbox brand. Xbox is expanding beyond Microsoft’s core console platform, and PC gamers are likely to benefit from this shift. 

As it stands, most first party Xbox titles have already made it to PC, even those that were released before the “Xbox Play Anywhere” program started. Sunset Overdrive is the most recent example of a PC version of a former Xbox One exclusive. As far as Halo is concerned, we believe that a PC release is a matter of when, not if. 

Halo: The Master Cheif Collection is Reportedly

Microsoft/Xbox are likely waiting for a time where PC releases of the Halo will have their maximum impact, leading us to believe that the company are waiting until E3 2019. By this time, Microsoft’s new and improved gaming storefront should be ready for PC, a factor which should make Microsoft’s games a lot more accessible. As it stands, the Microsoft/Windows 10 Store is a legitimate reason to avoid some of Microsoft’s published games on PC. 

Recent rumours have also suggested that a form of Xbox One compatibility is coming to PC, opening the door to an official Xbox One game emulation tool. So far, insider builds of Windows 10 have received support for several Xbox One exclusive file formats, and some insiders have also received a copy of State of Decay for testing purposes. 

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