Microsoft: No Halo 4 for the PC

Microsoft may have had their biggest Xbox 360 first party game launch of all time this week with the release of Halo 4. However, don't expect the sci-fi shooter from developer 343 Industries to make an appearance on the PC.

The Penny Arcade Report contacted Microsoft to ask if there were plans to bring Halo 4 to the PC platform. The response from a Microsoft spokesperson was disappointing: "Halo 4 was designed specifically for Xbox 360, and while we’re always exploring new ways to expand the franchise and share the Halo experience with as many fans as possible, we do not currently have any plans to port Halo 4 to PC."

Halo: Combat Evolved, released for the original Xbox in 2001, finally came to the PC, via Gearbox Software, two years later and proved to be popular and got solid reviews. The same cannot be said for the PC port of Halo 2. The game, released first for the Xbox in 2004, took even longer to reach the PC. It was launched in May 2007 as a Windows Vista exclusive. It received poor reviews and poor sales. Microsoft has not bothered to port any of the other Halo games released for the Xbox 360 to the PC.

Source: Penny Arcade Report | Image via Microsoft

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Halo CE (custom Edition) was and always will be my favorite pc game. I would go back to pc if they made halo 4 pc. But I'm stuck with the 360 instead.

Ok, but I don't want to buy an XBOX 360 & run it in a freezer so it won't die after 61 days... AND the keyboard/mouse layout is 1000 times better to use.

HappyTom said,
Ok, but I don't want to buy an XBOX 360 & run it in a freezer so it won't die after 61 days... AND the keyboard/mouse layout is 1000 times better to use.

They solved that initial problem almost 3 years ago with the release of the Slim.

Welcome to 2010.

Shane Nokes said,

They solved that initial problem almost 3 years ago with the release of the Slim.

Welcome to 2010.


Actualy they solved it starting with the Jasper motherboard equipped fat 360s.
I have one myself.

(btw: fat white 360 = one of the best console designs ever, in terms of the looks)

GS:ios

Shane Nokes said,

They solved that initial problem almost 3 years ago with the release of the Slim.

Welcome to 2010.


3 years ago. The Jasper barely had problems.

Glassed Silver said,

Actualy they solved it starting with the Jasper motherboard equipped fat 360s.
I have one myself.

(btw: fat white 360 = one of the best console designs ever, in terms of the looks)

GS:ios

The Jaspers were better, and I cannot officially comment on the issue.

I can say that the Slim is the design where the actual issue was fully corrected.

tytytucke said,
All the 360 fats had bad dvd drives. They will all go bad eventually.

I've had the same original 20GB 360 since around 2008. All it takes is a bit of know-how to open up the Xbox and adjust the Ohms on the laser to get it reading again. I've had to do it twice. But this baby is still runnin' strong.

tytytucke said,
All the 360 fats had bad dvd drives. They will all go bad eventually.

The general issue wasn't DVD drives. Some of those had issues as well, but not at any sort of high rate.

Well, this is expected... first they need to port Halo 3 to PC. May be at some point in time they might do a combined PC port of 3 and 4 but for now expecting Halo on PC is wishful thinking.

psreloaded said,
Well, this is expected... first they need to port Halo 3 to PC. May be at some point in time they might do a combined PC port of 3 and 4 but for now expecting Halo on PC is wishful thinking.

If they port 3 & 4 why not port halo reach? and they other halo games?
I say just skip everything but the current game and make it a good port.
I wish I could see the numbers of pc gamers vs console games over the years.

Not a loss in the slightest for me. I enjoyed the first Halo's singleplayer and hated every else since.

Even if I did like Halo and it was coming to the PC, I'd never be off Natural Selection 2 long enough to play it

Still waiting to "Finish the Fight," eight years after Halo 2.

Come on Microsoft. To think that people still buy 360's for a five year old game is ludicrous. If you properly port Halo 3 to the PC, you have the world to gain.

Perfect72 said,
It's okay, we don't need anymore bad space marine shooters on the PC anyway.

unless it came out on the pc then you would be saying yay

Colin McGregor said,

unless it came out on the pc then you would be saying yay

Actually, no. I don't and have never liked Halo. I played the first one a long time ago when the original Xbox first came out and, the second as well (just multiplayer, never singleplayer) and have never liked it. I watched friends play the singleplayer and my conclusion still stands: It is overrated as hell.

I don't like space marine games, period. (Gears of War, Halo, WH40K, etc..)

Perfect72 said,

Actually, no. I don't and have never liked Halo. I played the first one a long time ago when the original Xbox first came out and, the second as well (just multiplayer, never singleplayer) and have never liked it. I watched friends play the singleplayer and my conclusion still stands: It is overrated as hell.

I don't like space marine games, period. (Gears of War, Halo, WH40K, etc..)

You must be like some guy I know: "The guns are not realistic"

PmRd said,

You must be like some guy I know: "The guns are not realistic"

Nah, has nothing to do with the guns. I just can't get into the whole overplayed "space marine" thing. It is the same with zombie games. The horror/sci-fi genre doesn't interest me much, besides Star Wars.

Again a wasted opportunity. Microsoft could have lured gamers to Windows 8 and it would have been the way its meant to be played... with keyboard and mouse (Sorry Nvidia)

sanke1 said,
Again a wasted opportunity. Microsoft could have lured gamers to Windows 8 and it would have been the way its meant to be played... with keyboard and mouse (Sorry Nvidia)

I agree. Sounded like a good launch title for Windows 8/Windows Store

pes2013 said,

I agree. Sounded like a good launch title for Windows 8/Windows Store

I'd be very shocked if MS released it as a metro app rather than a Desktop app, MS have made it clear the desktop is where all the big boy apps e.g. MS Office are going to be for the foreseeable future.

sanke1 said,
Again a wasted opportunity. Microsoft could have lured gamers to Windows 8 and it would have been the way its meant to be played... with keyboard and mouse (Sorry Nvidia)

Wow, +1
I didnt even think of that but it sounds like such a good idea.

Som said,
meh halo was always a below par PC game anyways... imho

sure the game was a poor port but the multiplier was amazing at the time!