343 Industries have hinted at “a new place and way to play” for Halo: The Master Chief Collection; leading to speculation of a port.
In a development update on the Halo Waypoint forums, 343 Industries discussed changes and updates coming to the game. The updates included FOV slider support for all Xbox One consoles, additional control customization, view model adjustments and more.
Almost as a throwaway comment, the post also mentioned “And maybe a new place and way to play.” This would suggest a port; with the game already being on Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
The new way to play is also interesting, and could suggest anything from a different control scheme, to new game modes. VGC reports 343 Industries had previously planned to have the collection playable via a custom games browser.
VGC also pointed out that Head of Xbox Phil Spencer had previously stated he would like to “make our Xbox Games Studios PC games available in multiple stores, including our own Microsoft Store on Windows, at their launch. We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games.”
While Halo: The Master Chief Collection was complete on Xbox One for some time, the various Halo games have been slowly added to the PC version [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. On Windows PC these games typically boast 4K UHD at 60+ FPS. Other PC native settings include customizable mouse and keyboard support, ultrawide support, FOV customization, and more.
You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:
The series that changed console gaming forever is on PC with six blockbuster games in one epic experience.
Season 5 has arrived as the latest FREE update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection! Infamous and long-awaited, the “GRD” helmet for Halo: Reach is finally available for unlock in the Collection alongside the Mariner helmet and EXO/TCSC chest piece. In Halo 3 discover brand new weapon skins and, for the first time in over a decade, unlock new armor! With over 60 individual pieces of armor and 12 complete sets, there has never been a better time to outfit your Spartan in the Collection.
PC SETTINGS / OPTIMIZATIONS
PC Settings/Optimizations: Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now optimized for PC and looking better than ever at up to 4k UHD and at 60+ FPS.* Other setting options include customizable mouse and keyboard support, ultrawide support, FOV customization, and more.
Campaign: Featuring Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST Campaign, and Halo 4, The Master Chief Collection offers players their own exciting journey through the epic saga. Starting with the incredible bravery of Noble Six in Halo: Reach and ending with the rise of a new enemy in Halo 4, the Master Chief’s saga totals 67 campaign missions over six critically-acclaimed titles.
Multiplayer: Each of the six games in The Master Chief Collection brings its own multiplayer maps, modes and game types. With more than 120 multiplayer maps and countless ways to play with community-created Forge content the Collection has the most diverse and expansive Halo multiplayer experience to date.
Forge: Halo’s iconic map editor is improved, refreshed and better than ever. Build new maps with expanded functionality, increased budget, new objects and create new ways to play with custom game modes.**
*Look to system requirements for guidance on hardware minimum specs to achieve performance metrics.
**Forge mode not available in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary or Halo 3: ODST.