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Next Halo: MCC flight to test cross-play, input-based matchmaking, and more
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
343 Industries just wrapped up the Halo: ODST launch on PC - watch out for our review later today - and already, the studio is prepping the next game that's incoming to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In its latest Flighting Update, the studio said Halo 4 tests are slated to begin next month, and it should also bring in several highly requested features by the community.
Players across Xbox One, Microsoft Store, and Steam will be enrolled in this test, and if the current plans hold together, portions of Halo 4's campaign, Spartan Ops, and multiplayer will arrive in this flight. Updated Halo 4 Spartan customization options, Forge, Theater, and new Challenges will be a part of this session too.
Meanwhile, on the Master Chief Collection changes side, the long-time-coming input-based matchmaking and cross-play capabilities are planned for this flight as well, letting PC and Xbox One players join together on the same servers. In a previous update, the studio said the chosen input device will lock in once matchmaking is initiated, with only non-competitive modes like Firefight and Infection allowing both platforms to join together.
343 Industries is also aiming to push the server region selection feature into this upcoming flight. If the tests pan out, all of these features should land alongside Halo 4's launch on PC later this year.
Halo fans interested in gaining access to these testing sessions can become a Halo Insider by heading here. Existing members were also encouraged to update their profiles if they have made any changes to their systems.
By Garg Ankit
Amazon warns Xbox Series X preorders might get delayed
by Garg Ankit
After a long wait, pre-orders went live for the Xbox Series X a few days ago. As you can probably imagine, it was sold out pretty quickly. Microsoft then announced that it is not a cause of worry since retailers will have additional units available on launch day.
Now, according to CNET, Microsoft has sent out emails to customers who pre-ordered the Xbox Series X, warning them that the console may not arrive by launch day.
The email reads,
The Verge reports that Amazon has also sent out an email to people who ordered the gaming console on their platform, cautioning them that their preorders might get delayed. Several people took to Twitter to confirm the same.
Amazon had sent a similar email for Sony's upcoming console, the Playstation 5, as well. Xbox Series X and Series S are launching on November 10, while Playstation 5 is releasing two days later on November 12. Microsoft has prioritized India as it will get the consoles the same day as the rest of the world, while PS5 will arrive a week later.
Source: CNET, The Verge
Editor's note: This content of this article has been updated after publication to reflect that Amazon has sent out emails to customers to inform them that their Xbox Series X preorders might get delayed, not Microsoft. We apologize for the oversight.
By Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft's new Xbox app is now available in beta for iOS devices
by Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft has launched the new Xbox app (beta) on iOS a few days after rolling it out to Android devices. The app features console remote play and allows you to install any games remotely, among other capabilities.
Harrison Hoffman, Senior Program Manager for Xbox, announced the app's release today via a Twitter post. However, for those who would like to join the beta testing using Apple’s TestFlight app, the program has now been closed.
That said, you can still sign up for the beta testing in the future once Apple removes inactive testers. Just like its Android counterpart, the Xbox beta app for iOS features a capability that allows players to share game clips and screenshots directly from their iPhone, brings a unified notification center, and much more. Of course, it also has a refreshed design language.
The beta app supports iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later. However, you must have iOS 14 beta or later in order to use the app clips feature.