Microsoft claims Halo 4 will work with Surface tablet

Is Halo 4 going to be playable on more than just the Xbox 360 game console? That's what Don Mattrick, the overall head of Microsoft's Xbox division, seem to hint at earlier this week.

Venture Beat reports that during a session for the website's GameBeat 2012 conference, Mattrick claimed that the sci-fi first person shooter will work in some way with Surface, the Windows RT/8-based tablet that Microsoft first revealed in June.

Unfortunately, Mattrick decided to leave the rest of the media, not to mention gamers, wanting more. He would not elaborate on what he meant by "will work with Surface" when it comes to Halo 4.

At E3 2012, Microsoft did show off a mockup of its upcoming Xbox SmartGlass app that would allow iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices to offer extra features for games. In Halo 4, Xbox SmartGlass was used to, among other things, offer gamers more information about the Halo universe.

It's possible that was what Mattrick was alluding to in his address today. It's also possible that Microsoft is planning to offer Microsoft Surface buyers a way to play the full version of Halo 4 from the tablet itself. If that's indeed what Microsoft is going to do, that could make Surface more enticing to gamers.

Source: Venture Beat

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I am amazed that STILL people and the TECH industry does not get this.

The only question is whether the hardware will actually run Halo 4...

Windows RT is freaking Windows NT with DirectX, (Which btw is moving to a more general API technology, and why you see Direct3D used more again.).

Just because it is running on ARM does not mean the code base is different, and games, as long as they support the 'Metro' UI guidelines for games run just fine. We could see Crysis 2 on Windows RT if they hardware can run it, as the framework and plumbing is all there.


So if the hardware can handle the game, which it might, as the portable CPU/GPU performance is getting closer to the XBox 360, there is no reason it wouldn't actually RUN on the device if Microsoft chooses.

It is simply a recompile for ARM once x86 specific code is changed in the game code base.


This is the why the unification of Windows NT is so important, as it brings a lot of power to tablets that Android and iOS do not offer. It is also important for WP8, as it also brings this power to phones, go look at the 3D gaming demos from the Windows Phone Summit, that is XBox 360 quality gaming running on a phone.

Isn't really an ingame addon. If you login to your Halo account on a Surface, then ingame, all your guns are a Surface tablet instead. And it shoots the Windows Logo.

I dont think there is a Port but a Streaming type would be possible. Since Hardware is not the issue Only connectivity. Like Onlive or Gaikai... That would be a smart Move for MS. To let the console stream the Games to the Surfice. Or have Online Streaming Service MS is known for its Cloud Computing and has a huge partnership with DataCore.

Best regards Val.

It's a shame that Microsoft still screws over PC users with their publishing deals. Most games nowadays are multi-platform for X360, PS3 and PC yet - despite developing Windows - Microsoft actively sabotages PC ports of games. It happened with Halo, it happened with Alan Wake, it happened with Halo Wars (who plays RTS games on console?), it happened with Gears Of War.

Halo 4 should be released on PC natively, not given some sort of novelty tablet nonsense to complement the main game.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's a shame that Microsoft still screws over PC users with their publishing deals. Most games nowadays are multi-platform for X360, PS3 and PC yet - despite developing Windows - Microsoft actively sabotages PC ports of games. It happened with Halo, it happened with Alan Wake, it happened with Halo Wars (who plays RTS games on console?), it happened with Gears Of War.

Halo 4 should be released on PC natively, not given some sort of novelty tablet nonsense to complement the main game.

Well, not al games will be on PC if you think abt it. So no point of saying PC are weak. They could just change plans or something, cuz recently leaked xbox 720 documents.

psionicinversion said,
If the surface is gonna cost like $1500 then its gonna be packing some meaty hardware, decent enough to run halo 4 so i think itll run on it

It won't run it.
As other comments have said, at most it will some interactivity via Smart Glass.

psionicinversion said,
If the surface is gonna cost like $1500 then its gonna be packing some meaty hardware, decent enough to run halo 4 so i think itll run on it

The i5 is already going to make it run hot, but putting a good GPU in there would turn it to lava in an instant. Quality gaming on a tablet won't happen anytime soon.

you know what would be cool, a KILLER feature? new Xbox with an OnLive style feature allowing you to play the games on your tablet, but streamed from your Xbox over Wi-Fi. Of course this would only work in the house, but would allow many more gaming hours in family environments where the TV is shared.
Something like this was hinted at in something I read about smart glass, but obviously until the next Xbox is revealed features such as this will be pure speculation.

duddit2 said,
you know what would be cool, a KILLER feature? new Xbox with an OnLive style feature allowing you to play the games on your tablet, but streamed from your Xbox over Wi-Fi. Of course this would only work in the house, but would allow many more gaming hours in family environments where the TV is shared.
Something like this was hinted at in something I read about smart glass, but obviously until the next Xbox is revealed features such as this will be pure speculation.

You can already play Xbox Live games on Xbox and continue on your Windows Phone

FoxieFoxie said,

You can already play Xbox Live games on Xbox and continue on your Windows Phone

Wow you totally did not read what he wrote and posted about something you can do with 2 or 3 small arcade games!

He is just referring to SmartGlass integration obviously. Should be interesting to see what they come up with

xankazo said,
A FLASH version or what?
LMFAO Flash, you're hilarious!

I honestly think he is just referring to SmartGlass tie-in. Which they would be stupid to not do. This is kind of a waste of an article and it also has an error...

did they say it would work with the WinRT version, or what? couldn't it be possible they're referring to like Games for Windows LIVE or something?

Work "with" Surface.. not On..

I'm betting it will offer something like a better map, or stats, or something..

Ryoken said,
Work "with" Surface.. not On..

I'm betting it will offer something like a better map, or stats, or something..

its pretty much just the xbox smartglass is it not? where they will have game info while your playing

Ryoken said,
Work "with" Surface.. not On..

I'm betting it will offer something like a better map, or stats, or something..

I'm pretty sure the feature will work with all SmartGlass enabled devices.
I want a Surface, but I think I'm going to wait for the x86-64 one and I'll get Halo 4 at release so no SmartGlass for me until a later date unless it works with my Windows Phone.