Halo Infinite Devs Have Heard The Concerns and Assure Changes Are Coming to Improve Progression and Counter Cheating

343 Industries Community Manager John Junyszek has taken to Twitter regarding concerns gamers have with Halo Infinite’s XP, progression system, and cheating.

This will certainly give a jolt to your progression and is a step in the right direction. It also appears that this may be the first of many tweaks to improve the system.


“We believe this increase will help address those slower initial payouts while also benefiting those of you jumping on each and every day…

We know many of you want even larger changes and we’re committed to doing so, but those will take time. We made this update based on data and player feedback, and we’ll monitor its impact after we push it live tomorrow morning. As always, keep sharing your feedback!”

343 Industries Community Manager, John Junyszek

Regarding the situation with cheating, that is not going to be a quick fix.

There is currently no option to report a player from within the game yet, even though Junyszek said that 343 Industries knows this is a feature that gamers want. In the interim, he recommends that gamers report suspected cheaters using the following website. He even recommends that players provide video evidence of the cheating bastards in action.

Junyszek did not mention whether 343 Industries has any plans to allow players to opt-out of cross-play, as it appears the majority of culprits are coming from the PC side.

Halo Infinite releases on December 8, 2021, even though copies of the game are starting to appear out in the wild.

[Source: Twitter]

Halo Infinite Discs Are Starting to Appear Early

Halo Infinite does not officially launch until December 8, 2021, but physical copies of the game have already started to appear in public.

See below for an example of an actual copy of Halo Infinite, in what appears to be the inside of a chicken coup.

This game has been in development for quite some time and the developers have done a great job of keeping the campaign story relatively under wraps, but that is going to be tough with discs out in the wild ahead of launch.

[Source: Twitter]

Does Halo Infinite Already A Cheating Problem? Console Players Call for Option to Turn Off Cross-Play

Console gamers are calling on Microsoft and developer 343 for an option to turn off cross-play on Halo Infinite as more reports of cheating come to light.

The issues are being documented on the Halo subreddit, as it appears cheating is starting to become a noticeable problem since the free multiplayer beta was launched on November 15, 2021.

Take a look below for an example. This dude is either snorting Adderall or using an aimbot. Maybe both?

I do think that the announcer sounds great in French.

Folks have also been posting on Twitter examples of cheaters, like this fella who “no scopes” like nobody’s business.

It doesn’t help that you can’t report these cheating bastards from within the game, but if you encounter any of them you should definitely report them using the Xbox App via their Gamertag. 343 should look into the reporting function as well, just add that to the list.

Even Dr. Dissrespect is getting in on the act. Now you know shit is starting to get real.

Microsoft and 343 need to fix this, this game is far too good to be dragged into the muck. I’m no developer, but there seem to be some easy solutions to get this rebalanced.

[Source: Reddit, Twitter]

The Best Selling Console This Black Friday Weekend Is the Xbox Series S?

The Xbox Series S has topped all other consoles at this year’s Black Friday shopping extravaganza. The little next-gen console is turning out to be a savvy move from Microsoft. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, the Xbox Series S has dominated sales in what is usually the busiest shopping day of the year.

Even though everyone is talking about the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5, which have both been out for over a year, as well as the Nintendo Switch OLED, those consoles have been incredibly difficult to find. The Xbox Series S however, began to show up in decent quantities just before the Thanksgiving Holiday and shoppers began swallowing them up.

Of course, the Series S is at least $100 less than its competitors as well as the Series X, while still able to play next-gen exclusives like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, as well as third-party titles like Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty Vanguard. Pair the tiny console with a Game Pass subscription and you got a very compelling console.

Hell, I picked up one to put in the family room and to act as my travel console, because I cannot help myself.

[Source: Adobe Digital Economy Index]

The Halo Infinite Xbox Series X Console Has A Hidden Easter Egg

I was able to get my hands on an Xbox Series X at launch last year, but don’t think for a second that I didn’t try to get my hands on the limited edition Halo Infinite Xbox Series X. I was not able to land one, but I suppose I shouldn’t be selfish. I did consider myself fortunate to even have landed a standard Xbox Series X, to begin with, that is until I saw the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X in the wild.

For those that did manage to snag a Halo Infinite Xbox Series X, there is a hidden surprise, provided they own a black light.

The hidden symbol was discovered by Reddit user Demon_King_Lamb. When viewed under UV or black light, a Zeta Halo symbol is revealed.

Microsoft has clearly put a lot of effort into the Xbox Series X, and the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X makes a sexy-looking console, look even sexier. I now want one more than ever.

[Source: Reddit]

Xbox Cloud Gaming Is Now Live on All Xbox Consoles

Starting today, some lucky Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream games to their console instead of downloading them. This includes streaming Xbox Series X games to your old and crusty Xbox One. Of course, you can also stream games to your Xbox Series X or S, if you want to take them for a spin before downloading them, saving precious storage space.

Microsoft is slow-rolling this out to users globally with more folks getting access in the coming weeks. To help users differentiate, titles that can be streamed will have a “cloud” icon on the Xbox Store.

Of course, quality will vary depending on your internet connection. Also, if you have a data cap, you may want to be wary.

[Source: Microsoft]

Elder Scrolls VI Will Be an Xbox/PC Exclusive, Which Should Surprise No One

Come on Playstation fans, did you really think Microsoft would let this come out on the PS5?

In an in-depth article on GQ UK covering Phil Spencer’s tenure at Xbox, Spencer essentially puts any and all speculation to rest.


“It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow… But in order to be on Xbox, I want us to be able to bring the full complete package of what we have. And that would be true when I think about Elder Scrolls VI. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises.”

GQ

Seems pretty definitive to me. I mean, he does not outright say exclusive, so I guess the door is ever so slightly open.

Playstation fans

I wouldn’t put any money on this though.

[Source: GQ UK]

Xbox Game Pass Is ‘Very, Very Sustainable’ According to Phil Spencer

Xbox Executive Vice President Phil Spencer has shared during a press briefing celebrating the Xbox’s 20th anniversary that Game Pass is “very, very sustainable” and is “continuing to grow.” This runs counter to many skeptics who believe that the service must be a loss leader with the goal to build up as many subscriptions as possible.


“I know there’s a lot of people that like to write [that] we’re burning cash right now for some future pot of gold at the end… No. Game Pass is very, very sustainable right now as it sits. And it continues to grow.”

Phil Spencer via Axios

Earlier in the year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that Xbox Game Pass has 18 million subscribers, which is nothing to sneeze at. With the highly successful launch of Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite coming up next month, and a growing stable of first-party exclusives, as well as 3rd party games, things are looking mighty bright for the service.

[Source: Axios]

Microsoft Announces Xbox Documentary Series – Releases December 13, 2021

Microsoft has announced during its 20th Anniversary Celebration that it will be releasing a six-part documentary detailing the history of Xbox.

The series is titled Power On and will cover the birth of the Xbox brand when it was conceived by a small team of DirectX engineers at the software giant.

From the trailer, there is a good mix of current and former Xbox team members who delve into the difficulties encountered to bring the console to life within the behemoth software maker.

The six-part series debuts on December 13, 2021.

[Source: Microsoft]

Surprise – Halo Infinite Multiplayer Is Available Now

The cat was let out of the bag early on this, but today Microsoft made it official during its Xbox 20th Anniversary event. Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer mode is available now.

Gamers can access the free standalone mode now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It will become available on Xbox Cloud Gaming later today at some point.

The full campaign is scheduled to launch on December 8 at which point all your multiplayer progress will carry over.

[Source: Microsoft]