Today, 343 Industries announced via a new blog post that they do indeed have plans to utilize the power of the Xbox One X for the most recent installment in the Halo saga, Halo 5: Guardians.
343 said that many fans inquired about whether or not Halo 5 would indeed be getting the Xbox One X treatment after its notable absence during E3 2017, but the studio said that they were not ready to make any announcements during the show last month. Today however, they have confirmed that Halo 5 will indeed receive support to run in 4K on the Xbox One X through a new update that will be released later this year. 343 promised that more information will be given about this update as we near the release of the Xbox One X.
Additionally, 343 also revealed today that a slew of Xbox 360 era Halo games will soon be arriving on the Xbox One through the backward compatibility program. The games that will be soon be playable on Xbox One include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4.
Perhaps the best part of these games coming to Xbox One though is that 343 also announced that all of the multiplayer maps for each of these Halo titles will be made available for free though the Xbox Store. Despite all of these games being included on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it’s cool to see 343 committing to the backward compatibility program and making sure than the original 360 versions are playable on Xbox One as well.
While we still don’t know when these games will be arriving on Xbox One, 343 promises that we will know more soon. As for Halo 5 being optimized for the Xbox One X, we’ll have to wait and see if the update will end up rolling out the same day as the new console on November 7.