Ever since the official announcement of the Xbox One X at E3 2017, fans have been awaiting word on whether or not “Halo 5: Guardians” will get an update to push the game to 4K performance. After all, Microsoft claims the console is solid enough to hit the 4K mark.
The company also claims all of its first-party games will run at native 4K on the Xbox One X. To prove this, Microsoft showed off “Gears of War 4” running at 4K on the unreleased system with 4K assets.
What of Halo 5: Guardians?
According to a report from the developers of Halo, 343 Industries, “Halo 5: Guardians” 4K update is coming later this year. In fact, the company mentioned the game would run at “true 4K,” which suggests native over checkerboard rendering. Still, we’re not certain if this is dynamic or stable 4K throughout the entire game.
“Today we are excited to officially confirm that Halo 5 will receive a game update to support true 4K with the release of Xbox One X later this year! We’ll have more to share on this front as we get closer to release, so stay tuned,” according to 343 Industries.
Interestingly enough, Halo 5 is 60 frames per second title, which begs the question, can the Xbox One X power run the game at 4K 60fps? 343 Industries did not specify whether or not this is the case, but seeing as 60FPS is very important, we suspect the developer will meet that target.
Will Halo 5 come to the Windows Store?
PC gamers have long been patient with Microsoft to bring Halo to PC. The first game in the franchise was released on the platform, but since then, not a single game based on the main narrative came to PC. Things could change with Halo 5 this year since the majority of Microsoft’s heavy hitters are available via the Windows Store.
Now, Halo 5 was designed solely for the Xbox One, and it came out before Microsoft announced its Xbox Play Anywhere program. An update to 4K with 4K assets could propel the software giant to release the game on its most popular platform.
Plans for other Halo games
343 Industries are planning to bring the likes of “Halo 3,” “Halo 3: ODST,” “Halo 4,” and “Halo: CE Anniversary” to the Xbox One via Xbox 360 backward compatibility. The developer states the games are coming to the system later this year, though an exact date was not specified.
Additionally, all Halo add-on map pack from the Xbox 360 era will be available as a free download. Furthermore, each backward compatibility Halo game will support standard and LAN multiplayer.
Chances are, the developer might talk about its plans for Halo 5 in 4K along with other big announcements at Gamescom 2017. Microsoft is also expected to talk about new games for the Xbox One X that were never revealed at E3 2017.