Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting Xbox/PC crossplay this year

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343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be getting Xbox/PC cross-play before the end of 2020. 

The developer said in an update on the Halo website (opens in new tab) that cross-play, keyboard and mouse support on Xbox, and input-based matchmaking will be added to The Master Chief Collection by the end of 2020. That means console players will get the chance to team up with or fight against PC players, with the option to use a mouse and keyboard instead of just a controller. With input-based matchmaking you'll likely be matched up with players using the same input as you no matter what platform you're on - so I can't claim I got "clicked on" when I get sniped from well across the map on High Ground.

Based on the post on the Halo website, cross-play, input-based matchmaking, and the option to select your server region will likely all drop together, with mouse and keyboard support, a per game graphics option, and a custom game browser releasing in a separate bundle. Mouse and keyboard support is already available on Xbox, but only for specific games as an optional add-on for developers. 

The update also promises a commitment to bring the Halo 3: ODST campaign and Halo 4 to PC, and ODST Firefight to both Xbox and PC within the year. The Master Chief Collection is a helluva bundle of games, and if you've got Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (opens in new tab) you get the whole dang thing for free. As soon as the Halo Infinite demo dropped at the Xbox Games Showcase, I immediately launched into a replay of the series - if you're in the mood for a trip around the ol' Halo rings, the Master Chief Collection is the thing for you. 

Whether or not this means Halo Infinite (opens in new tab) will offer crossplay is yet to be determined, but it would certainly be nice, especially since…

Halo Infinite free-to-play multiplayer confirmed by Microsoft.  (opens in new tab)

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.