Halo Infinite has received quite a bit of criticism regarding its strange, outdated visuals, but here’s some good news to fuel up the hype train for Xbox Series X’s flagship title again. According to retailer Smyths Toys, Microsoft and 343 Industries are planning to make Infinite’s multiplayer completely free to play! We don’t need to explain why that’s awesome – if true, the Halo community is about to get a lot bigger.
The listing published by Smyths Toys (which has now been removed) also claimed that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer would support frame rates of up to 120 FPS. That seems a little far fetched, even for Xbox Series X’s relatively powerful hardware, but it could explain why the game’s graphics look so – simple.
The idea of Halo Infinite having free multiplayer does seem pretty plausible based on recent rumors and changes to the Xbox Live program. Not too long ago, we learned that Microsoft stopped offering 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, which suggested that big changes could be coming to the service.
Additionally, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb tweeted today that Xbox Live Gold would be going away entirely, with online multiplayer being free going forward. This is rather ironic, being that Microsoft was the company that introduced the console multiplayer paywall in the first place.
Xbox Live Gold is going away and playing online multiplayer will be free. They will not force you into Ultimate to play online.— grubbsnax is back (@JeffGrubb) July 31, 2020