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Halo Infinite has support for PC & Xbox cross-platform multiplayer

Microsoft today announced that thanks to updates and cross-platform multiplayer games, you will be able to Master Chief it up with your console pals in Halo Infinite. So far the details on how it actually works are scant, but in theory this sounds good. It is a pleasure to play with your friends. If you play with the controller, the fun of facing the mouse people will decrease. Well, we will see in due course.

Microsoft explain that as well as cross-platform play, “your multiplayer customisation and progress will follow you across all platforms.” Handy for people who play on both, I guess? They add that they want Hinfinite to offer “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.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if they make cross-platform matching optional, or only enable it through cross-platform meetings or other means. Aside from the difference between the way people play with the controller or keyboard and mouse, PCs have a problem with cheating. A large number of cheating on PC reportedly led many Warzone players to disable cross platform. Ubisoft has also been continuously connecting PC and game consoles during Rainbow Six Siege.

Booty also noted that Microsoft plans to improve its PC gaming software by improving quality of life, including “improving installation reliability and faster download speeds.” Developers’ revenue from PC game sales in the Microsoft Store also increased from 70% to 88%, which is comparable to the Epic Games Store! Interesting times.