With the Xbox Series X and Series S right around the corner, we’re now learning that Halo 5 won’t be going through a full-on upgrade for the next-gen consoles. You will, however, get to experience faster loading times and “consistently higher resolution gameplay,” so that’s better than nothing, right?
This bit of news comes courtesy of 343 Industries as part of the recent Halo Waypoint update. There was a lot to be taken in, but a big piece of that is that Halo 5 won’t be privy to the same optimizations for the Series X\S that will make their way to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. That series of games will be enhanced to run at 4K and 120 FPS on the Series X and at 120 FPS in 1080P on the Series S. This comes along with cross-geneation gameplay, better split-screen gaming, and faster loading times.
“After we announced the enhancements that MCC would be getting on the Xbox Series X / S, we did see questions rolling in about how Halo 5 would play on the new consoles. While Halo 5 is not getting the same optimizations for Xbox Series X and Series S as MCC, owners of the next-gen hardware are still going to see the benefits of faster load times and consistently higher resolution gameplay.”
There’s no good reason as to why Halo 5 won’t see a proper upgrade since there are a bunch of current-gen games in line for a next-gen update, but chances are it’s because you’ll be more interested in playing Halo Infinite when it launches in the fairly near future. There’s no set release date for it quite yet, but it will launch sometime in 2021 after being pushed form it’s original holiday 2020 release date.