Halo 5 4K Patch, Halo Backwards Compatibility Coming Soon For Xbox One X
Halo Backwards Compatible
(Last Updated On: July 6, 2017)

343 Industries announced that a 4K patch for Halo 5: Guardians will be arriving soon for the Xbox One X. It was revealed over on the Halo Waypoint website that Halo 5 will receive a 4K update patch for the Xbox One X soon. These updates usually clock in at about 100 gigabyte, so if you’re on a data plan make sure you’re well aware of whether or not you have the game set to auto-update or not if you get an Xbox One X because those 4K patches are no laughing matter.

In addition to announcing that Halo 5 would be receiving a 4K patch, 343 also announced that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 would all be joining the backwards compatibility ranks soon.

Unfortunately no release date was set on backwards compatibility, but they did mention that LAN play would be supported, the full single-player campaigns, and multiplayer… however they didn’t quite say if the online multiplayer would stay intact. They did mention that cross-play between Xbox One and Xbox 360 would be possible via LAN. Additionally, all of the DLC for the aforementioned Xbox 360 Halo games will be free from the Xbox Store, allowing gamers to grab all of the map packs and updates free of charge. That’s a nice little incentive.

Now one thing they also don’t mention is whether or not Halo 5 will maintain 60fps or if they’re going to compensate the 4K by going the checkboarding route, and maybe using dynamic resolution that scales up to 1800p instead of 2160p? Some games have had a bit of a problem maintaining native 4K on the Xbox One X, including BioWare’s Anthem and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

We’ll likely find out closer to release; 343 has plans on showcasing the older games on the Xbox One at RTX in Austin, Texas, so we’ll likely get an answer then.

Personally Halo 5: Diversity Edition didn’t really fire off so well on all cylinders and the plot greatly suffered for it. Putting it in 4K won’t help the drawbacks or compensate for the lack of split-screen co-op, but at least the other four games will be available as backwards compatible titles on the Xbox One and Xbox One X.


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  • ItEotWaWKI

    So, I just fired up my 360. To those of you wondering, the “free DLC” also applies to those of us still playing the games on our last gen systems, and it’s available right now. It’s also worth noting that two, (Defiant and Anniversary) out of the three map packs for Reach are free as well. For whatever reason, Noble still has a price tag.

    If Halo 3 being backwards compatible repopulates the multi I’ll be very happy. It was the last Halo game I actually enjoyed playing when it came to the multiplayer, and I get free XLive by spending a couple minutes of my time repeating the same ten or so variations of “MicroSoft sucks” on Bing each day.

    • I get free XLive by spending a couple minutes of my time repeating the same ten or so variations of “MicroSoft sucks” on Bing each day.

      Now that’s the good life.

      • ItEotWaWKI

        I know right?! I mean, if they wanna datamine me searching the various privacy and security concerns for Windows 10 followed by; “I’m switching to Linux“, which is then followed up with searches for random Linux distros, both mainstream and fledgling, I say let ’em 😀

    • Wisdomcube2000

      So I see I’m not the only one abusing bing for xbox live? lol.