Aside from Halo Infinite, 343 Industries also slowly but steadily works towards completing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is awaited on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S – fans had a question whether it will have ray tracing on consoles or not.
The studio previously confirmed that the collection that comes with all games except Halo 5 is going to be supported on the two new Xbox consoles, but they only published more details about it now on Halo Waypoint. Let’s see what Matt Hohl, the senior producer of this game, had to say:
„I’m personally excited to see what we can do with the power of this new hardware in the future. The complexity and scope of [Halo: The] Master Chief Collection poses unique challenges that I am still learning about, but I love the opportunities it offers for how we can roll out new features and enhancements in the future. One thing I have already learned here is that this team listens to the community as a crucial element to our planning. I love that and am excited to see what we can do together in the future!”, he wrote. In other words, he just said that ray tracing is currently not planned.
He then moved on to explain the new features: „First, there is a raw performance improvement across the board. Players with compatible displays will be able to experience up to 120 FPS at 4K on [Xbox] Series X and 1080p on [Xbox] Series S. This was a big engineering effort as each game within [Halo: The] Master Chief Collection has unique performance challenges. While there are similarities to the efforts on the PC versions of each game, the work to do this on Series X|S is not always the same and included some unique challenges.
Regardless of whether players have a display setup for 120 FPS, we have also included some graphic enhancements to the game such as increased draw distances within levels and improved split-screen experiences in Campaign and Multiplayer. And I can’t wait until everyone gets to experience these loading times. A personal favourite for me is the added FOV slider,” Hohl added.
So no, no ray tracing planned for now. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be on the Xbox Series duo from November 17.
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