Is Halo Infinite Next-Gen Exclusive?

Microsoft has officially confirmed during E3 2019 that the next Halo game called Halo Infinite will arrive next year as a launch title for Project Scarlett (next-gen Xbox console). In addition to this, another good news is that Halo Infinite is not a next-gen exclusive.

As confirmed by Microsoft and 343 Industries, Halo Infinite will release in holiday 2020 for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Scarlett with Xbox Game Pass.

Developed by 343 Industries for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Project Scarlett, this next title continues the Halo 5: Guardians storyline and takes the franchise in ambitious, unexpected directions.

With that confirmed, Xbox One, Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners can now rest easy knowing that they will not have to buy next-gen Xbox just to play the latest entry in Halo series. Of course, Halo Infinite’s Xbox Scarlett version will run better as compared to Xbox One’s Halo Infinite version due to the differences of hardware inside. Halo Infinite will most likely push the Xbox Scarlett to its limit in order to show the difference between current-gen Xbox and next-gen Xbox.

Microsoft has confirmed that Scarlett uses a custom-designed Zen 2 processor provided by AMD and a super fast SSD (solid state drive) that will help shorten game loading speed times. Scarlet’s SSD will also act as a virtual RAM. In addition to this, Microsoft says that the new SSD created for Xbox Scarlett is 40 times powerful than the current gen consoles.

Aside from SSD, Scarlett is capable of running games at 120 frames per second along with 8K support like Sony’s PlayStation 5. As for now, we can do nothing but imagine how well Halo Infinite will run on Xbox Scarlett by taking full advantage of the new hardware inside.┬áTo find out, we will have to wait until the launch of Xbox Scarlett which is set for Holiday 2020.

Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t provide us with a specific release date. Interested folks can watch the official Xbox Scarlett reveal trailer below.

As for the new Halo Infinite trailer shown during 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, it confirms the return of Master Chief in the series.

Halo Infinite trailer shows us an engineer who discovers Halo 5 Master Chief floating in the space. Afterward, the engineer reboots Halo Chief Armour, bringing back Master Chief back to life in Halo 6.

This time, Master Chief is accompanied by an AI named Cortana (who turned evil in 2015’s Halo 5: Guardians). It’s hard to figure out from the trailer but we can speculate that Cortana is the main villain in Halo 6 and wants to hunt down Master Chief.

Hopefully, we will learn more about Halo Infinite plot and the purpose of Cortana in the game soon. Until then you can watch the Halo Infinite trailer below.

Halo Infinite is a first-person shooter game in development by 343 Industries and created with the company’s new Slipspace Engine.