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Cross-platform progression is also possible.

Thanks to cross-platform multiplayer and progression, Microsoft announced today that you’ll be able to Master Chief it up with your console pals in Halo Infinite. For the time being, there are few details on how it will work in practice, but it sounds interesting in theory. It’s fun to play with your friends. If you’re playing on a controller, it’s less fun to face mousefolk. Ah, well, we’ll find out in due time.

“Your multiplayer customisation and progress will follow you across all platforms,” Microsoft says, in addition to cross-platform play. I suppose it’s useful for people who play on both? Hinfinite should provide “a premier PC experience, including highly desired features such as support for ultrawide and super ultrawide screens, triple keybinds, a wide variety of advanced graphics options, and more,” they say. Yes, but will you loosen up on the Microsoft Store security in order to allow modding?

I wouldn’t be surprised if they made cross-platform matchmaking optional, or restricted it to cross-platform parties. Aside from the differences in how people play with controllers versus keyboard and mouse, PC has a serious cheating issue. Many Warzone players reportedly disabled cross-platform due to the prevalence of cheats on PC. In Rainbow Six Siege, too, Ubisoft has been hesitant to connect PC and consoles.

This information comes from Xbox Game Studios’ Matt Booty in a blog post titled “Continuing Our PC Gaming Journey in 2021 and Beyond.” That’s the kind of statement that used to make me laugh, given Microsoft’s long history of declaring love for PC gaming and then doing absolutely nothing, but they’ve been on a roll lately.

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Microsoft also plans to improve their PC gaming software with quality-of-life enhancements, such as “improved install reliability and faster download speeds,” according to Booty. They’ll also raise the percentage of money developers get from PC game sales on the Microsoft Store from 70% to 80%, matching the Epic Games Store. Wow! Should Steam do the same?

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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