343 Industries has released a huge update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that includes Xbox One X enhancements, matchmaking improvements, faster load times, and much more.
The update weighs in at 73 GB and has been in testing for months. The first thing that players will notice after installing is the updated menus and UI, including a brand-new splash screen, a new horizontal layout, and a more prominent Message of the Day.
Alongside an updated UI, Xbox One X owners can enjoy an updated visual experience with support for up to 4K UHD and HDR across all areas of the collection, complete with new HDR calibration options.
Another area that has been improved in this update is matchmaking. From now on, players can “take advantage of the latest and greatest Xbox matchmaking and networking features and functionality,” resulting in a more stable experience.
“MCC also now utilizes dedicated servers housed in Microsoft global datacenters for all Matchmaking game sessions to provide further stability, reliability, and consistency,” 343 Industries added. “Within the game you’ll now see what your average ping time is to each of the data centers. You can view your approximate pings in the main menu under ‘Options & Career / Settings / Network.'”
This update also sees a decrease in load times and the introduction of the “Intelligent Delivery” system. This system lets players choose which parts of the Master Chief Collection they want to install. The available options are:
- Halo: Combat Evolved – Campaign + Multiplayer
- Halo 2: Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Halo 2: Anniversary MP (w/ Forge) & Halo 2 Classic MP)
- Halo 3: Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Forge)
- Halo 4: Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Spartan Ops + Forge)
Read the full patch notes here.
In terms of future content, 343 Industries teased a Custom Game Browser, additional quality of life improvements, and the possibility of Halo: Reach being added. The developer stated that it hasn’t got “anything to announce or commit to right now” for Halo: Reach, but added that it is “on the long list of things the team is constantly evaluating and thinking about for possible future updates.”
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available now on Xbox One and will be coming to the Xbox Game Pass on September 1st.