Halo has been a cornerstone franchise for Microsoft for nearly two decades now.
The launch of the Xbox Series X & S without a Halo game was unthinkable for fans at the start of 2020, but the consoles are now out and Halo Infinite is still some way from release.
Still, the epic Master Chief Collection, which holds six games from the Halo series has seen a big upgrade for next-gen. Which is now available to all.
Master Chief Collection upgrade
The update is not a small one, coming in at 41.5 GB, but with it comes a range of enhancements.
The big one is obviously 120 fps support, but for the first time there is a customisable field of view (FOV) option.
These should make the game far slicker, especially on a quality 4K TV.
The FOV options allow variation from 70 to 120 degrees, although with the option only available when locked to a 60Hz refresh rate.
There is also a new "enhanced" graphics settings taken from the PC version, while four-player local split-screen now supports 60 fps too.
MCC Update bugs
Microsoft has warned of some bugs and known issues with the update, so expect a hotfix to land at some point.
Let's take a look at them...
- When playing Halo: Combat Evolved's campaign with Anniversary graphics enabled on an Xbox Series X console and at 4K 120Hz, the framerate may drop noticeably in some areas and/or create noticeable screen tearing
- If the display supports variable refresh rate (VRR), enabling this feature may reduce the impact of this issue
- If the display does not support VRR, playing at 60Hz will provide a smoother gameplay experience
- On both Xbox Series X|S consoles, increasing the Gamma option above 5 may result in oversaturation of darker areas in the menus and gameplay
Halo MCC Season 4
Season 4: Reclaimer sees the addition of the Champions Bundle weapon skins for Halo 4, along with additional skins for Halo 3. That includes new vehicle skins.
New nameplates have been added, mostly themed like Halo 4. There are five tiers of ten unlocks each to explore.