We got access to play the Tech Preview and the now the newly released HALO Infinite Multiplayer Beta. Is the game ready for cloud gaming primetime? How well does it handle 4k? Those with Game Pass memberships might be asking if it plays well on the Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta. we have answers for all of these questions. Let’s get started.
- HALO Infinite Tech Preview on Shadow
- HALO Infinite Tech Preview on Maximum Settings
- HALO Infinite Multiplayer on Shadow
- HALO Infinite Multiplayer on Maximum Settings
- HALO Infinite on Virtual Machines is a known Problem
- Halo Infinite on Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta
HALO Infinite Tech Preview on Shadow
As a big HALO fan, I was grateful and honestly surprised I got my invitation to the Tech Preview. I don’t own an Xbox One and haven’t played HALO 5 so I was kind of shocked. Logging on to HALO Waypoint that night when released was an absolute chore. But, I got my code through Steam and attempted to install on Shadow. Check out how it went.
That’s right. If you are familiar with the Beta bugs, you’ll know the three dot black screen was a big problem for many people – including Shadow users. I wasn’t able to play on Shadow.
HALO Infinite Tech Preview on Maximum Settings
So did Maximum Settings fare any differently? Nope. I got the same three dot black screen problem then exit after a couple minutes. It seems like running HALO Infinite on cloud platforms is a problem. We’ll see how it goes for the actual release.
It did, however, play just fine on my couch PC on a Ryzen CPU with a GTX 1070TI.
HALO Infinite Multiplayer on Shadow
There were reports that Microsoft would drop the HALO Infinite multiplayer on the 15th as a nod to the 20th Anniversary of Xbox. Those rumors were correct. Microsoft released an Open Beta version of HALO Infinite Multiplayer as the rumors suggested. So, does this more stable version of HALO Infinite actually run on Shadow this time?
Running it on Steam
The answer is no. I first tried install the 26 GB game through Steam. No splash screen even came up. No three dots, no black screen, Nothing. The Play button goes from Play to Running right back to Play no matter how many times I try to start the game. I even tried playing it with a different Steam profile to no avail.
Running it through the Microsoft Store
On top of the Steam installation, I tried installing it through the Microsoft Store. I do have to say that it installed a lot faster than on Steam. Now, did it work. No. The game still didn’t run no matter how many times I hit play.
HALO Infinite Multiplayer on Maximum Settings
We were wondering if this was just a Shadow problem, so we tried the same thing on our Maximum Settings machine. Did Maximum Settings have the same issues?
Yes. I tried installing on Steam and through the Microsoft Store and I was not able to play the game. What’s different about Maximum Settings versus Shadow is that were actually able to get to the game’s loading screen just before it exited the game on Maximum Settings. It’s better than the three dots black screen we saw on the Tech Preview. I guess that’s something.
We Got it Working on Maximum Settings
We finally have the game running on Maximum Settings! Thanks to the team sending us this quick fix, we are now able to play HALO Infinite on our PC rental on Maximum Settings. Let’s get into the details.
The problem lies with one major Windows component: Hyper-V. This should come native to your Windows machine so you don’t need to download anything. It is designed to create virtual machines running Windows. To active this on Maximum Settings, search for “features” on in the search bar. Select “Turn Windows features on or off”. Click the box that says “Hyper-V” and hit “Ok”. Let Windows install it and restart your machine. Try starting your game and it should run just fine.
We’ll be going back and forth playing this game on the Xbox Cloud Gaming platform along with Maximum Settings. I will be playing the campaign on Maximum Settings for sure testing the game out at 1440p and 4k resolutions. Maybe Shadow will install Windows 10 Pro as part of their “upgrades” package they have been promising us.
HALO Infinite on Virtual Machines is a known Problem
According to reddit users, HALO Infinite has trouble playing on a Virtual Machines as Shadow and Maximum Settings both are. There has been a workaround playing the game on a virtual machine but none specific to Shadow and Maximum Settings.
We’ll keep on top of this and let you know if there are any updates to running the game on cloud gaming machines as soon as they come out.
Halo Infinite on Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta
Surprisingly enough, Microsoft is on the ball with the HALO Infinite launch and put the game on their cloud gaming platform for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users to try out. If you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member and are a HALO and cloud gaming fan, this is the way to play it. Heck, it might be the only way to play it through the cloud.
How well does it play through the Xbox cloud gaming service? The short answer is that it plays and looks good. Remember that this beta platform is limited to 1080p gameplay so the performance is not great as it probably would be on Shadow.
Take note also that you cannot play without a controller on this platform so you’ll be play like most HALO players do on an Xbox – with a controller.
Also remember that is a cloud gaming platform so lag is an issue. If you played the Tech Preview in previous months, the lag will be apparent. You will have to get use to it. The best way to somewhat get prepared for multiplayer battles is to test the lag out in the Academy. Did I play as well as I did several months ago? No. But my Academy performance still isn’t shabby so yours shouldn’t too bad either. I got a couple of three stars still.
How well does this transfer over to real multiplayer? Well, you could try a match or two against bots but in reality, there’s nothing that will really prepare yourself for the ruthlessness of online competitive, Tea-bagging gameplay. You’ll just have to suck it up, jump in and adapt.
PC players will be crossplaying with you so you might feel you are at a disadvantage against mouse and keyboard players. But you might be one of those players who are completely comfortable wrecking PC players on a controller so have at it. So be aware that it will take a game or two to get comfortable with the slight lag on the platform.
Playing with Friends on Steam
Since this is a free game, HALO Infinite is also available on the PC Steam platform. If you are wondering the best way to join up with other friends you might have on Xbox, and that includes players on the Xbox Cloud Gaming platform, the game uses Xbox Live gamertags to find friends. This would mean that Steam users would have to add friends to their Microsoft Xbox account to actually see each others.
The best way to add an Xbox friend is to use the Xbox Console Companion since there is no way to actually search for gamertag in-game. For Windows users, this is most likely already installed to your machine. Login to this app, add the friend you want by using their Xbox Gamertag and they should then appear on your Friends list in HALO Infinite.
With the good performance that is apparent with the multiplayer aspect of HALO Infinite, I cannot wait to play the full campaign when it releases on the cloud for Xbox Game Pass on December 8th. Be sure to stop back and check out that gameplay when the game drops. Feel free to sign up for the Game Pass Ultimate for HALO Infinite.
I really hope the Microsoft fixes the issues playing on virtual machines with HALO Infinite. We’ll stay on top of this and keep you informed if there are any updates to this. In the meantime, make sure to keep it locked right here at the only place where you can battle in gaming heaven – Cloud Gaming Battle.