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Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get Xbox-PC cross-play in 2020

Input-based matchmaking and keyboard and mouse support, too

A close up of Master Chief in Halo: Combat Evolved. He is looking to the right and holding a large fun. Image: Bungie/Microsoft Studios

As 343 Industries approaches its release date for Halo Infinite, its still committed to updating Halo: The Master Chief Collection, its compilation of Halo games on Windows PC and Xbox One.

In particular, the developer said in an update on the Halo website that it’s looking to bringing cross-play, keyboard and mouse support on Xbox, and input-based matchmaking to The Master Chief Collection by the end of 2020. Cross-play, input-based matchmaking, and server region selection are expected to launch together, with a custom game browser and mouse and keyboard support for Xbox launching as a package.

Cross-play means that players across Xbox consoles and Windows PC will be able to play together. Input-based matchmaking and keyboard and mouse support enhance that. Input-based matchmaking means you’ll likely be matched with players using the same input device (like a controller or keyboard and mouse) as you. Keyboard and mouse support, of course, gives console players the option to use the peripherals.

Mouse and keyboard support was added to Xbox One in 2018, but it remains available on a game-by-game basis. If developers want to add it to their games, they can — but they don’t have to.

Microsoft and 343 Industries released The Master Chief Collection on PC in 2019, first with Halo: Reach. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3 have since been added to the collection. Next up is Halo 3: ODST, which is expected to come to PC soon — a testing period is planned for this month, according to the blog post. Halo Infinite, the next-gen Halo game for Xbox Series X, is slated for its release on Xbox Series X and Windows PC this holiday season.

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