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Halo Infinite | Tech Preview Two | Sept 24-27 | Oct 1-3

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Gameplay is fun. Kinda feels like destiny without the bullshit.
I can only play solo with bots. Is that right?
 

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I downloaded and played it a bit on Xbox SX (currently downloading the Steam version as well)

and so far it makes a good impression... BUT... the controller settings are lacking.

the positives first:
-Fully Customizable button mapping!
-FOV Slider up to 120°
-Inner/Outer deadzone settings
-separate sensitivity settings for each zoom stage
-sliding feels really good after you get used to it
-sprint is basically useless (yes this is a positive)

the negatives:
-even The fastest aim speed is SUPER slow. it takes almost a full second to do a 180° turn... and I thought Apex Legends' max sensitivity was slow!
-you can't turn off Acceleration (setting it to 5 makes it less noticeable tho)
-absolutely zero sensitivity curve settings
-the sensitivity curve that's currently in the game is weird, it doesn't feel smooth and is set to what's usually known as a "precision" curve
-the aim assist feels super stiff. it's not a smooth easing in and out. basically if you move your aim across an enemy it almost feels like the game is stuttering, it's a sudden stop and go... it's really not pleasant imo.
-there is absolutely no way I could find to do a grenade jump... nor a rocket jump. in fact the SPNKr will kill you even if you are at the top of your jump arch
-some weapons have bloom that shouldn't. the new slow firing assault rifle blooms way too much imo for what is supposed to he a precision weapon
 
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01011001

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Gameplay is fun. Kinda feels like destiny without the bullshit.
I can only play solo with bots. Is that right?

there are specific hours during which online MP will be activated. but for now yes, only bots.
I think the first online session is in about 12h from now
 
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I downloaded and played it a bit on Xbox SX (currently downloading the Steam version as well)

and so far it makes a good impression... BUT... the controller settings are lacking.

the positives first:
-Fully Customizable button mapping!
-FOV Slider up to 120°
-Inner/Outer deadzone settings
-separate sensitivity settings for each zoom stage
-sliding feels really good after you get used to it
-sprint is basically useless (yes this is a positive)

the negatives:
-even The fastest aim speed is SUPER slow
-you can't turn off Acceleration (setting it to 5 makes it less noticeable tho)
-absolutely zero sensitivity curve settings
-the sensitivity curve that's currently in the game is weird, it doesn't feel smooth and is set to what's usually known as a "precision" curve
-the aim assist feels super stiff. it's not a smooth easing in and out. basically if you move your aim across an enemy it almost feels like the game is stuttering, it's a sudden stop and go... it's really not pleasant imo.
-there is absolutely no way I could find to do a grenade jump... nor a rocket jump. in fact the SPNKr will kill you even if you are at the top of your jump arch
-some weapons have bloom that shouldn't. the new slow firing assault rifle blooms way too much imo for what is supposed to he a precision weapon
I don't think there are any grenade jumps or even grav hammer jumps like before. Maybe that's a niche they wanted to leave to the Repulsor (?) equipment. Using that below you does bounce you up significantly.

I think if you use the Commando more you'll think the blooming is fine. You should be feathering it at a distance where the bloom impacts your accuracy tbh
 
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Outside of the lighting, it's not much better visually over Halo 5. I'll have to get used to the controls here as well, feels looser for some reason, but H5 felt the same way when I first started playing and I got the hang of it.

Will reserve full judgement whenever true PvP is enabled.
 
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I don't think there are any grenade jumps or even grav hammer jumps like before. Maybe that's a niche they wanted to leave to the Repulsor (?) equipment. Using that below you does bounce you up significantly.

I think if you use the Commando more you'll think the blooming is fine. You should be feathering it at a distance where the bloom impacts your accuracy tbh

the issue I have with bloom in general is that it is too random and can result in 2 players both spamming while one of them will randomly win.
but even worse, it can lead to situations where one player just spams, while the other one tries to time shots, but the one who spams wins randomly because he just had lucky bloom.

I would rather have a predictable recoil pattern because that's simply fair, while bloom is not fair but random.

also using the repulsor to grenade jump will basically be impossible on controller if they don't MASSIVELY improve controller aiming. it's so slow that you would have to start moving your aim down about a second before you do the jump... then you would have to move your view upwards which will take another second or so... it so extremely slow it's actually ridiculous
 

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I know they're not concerned with this just yet, but I'm getting a massive fps boost with this build already on my 3080 compared to last time.

I also feel like aiming has been improved somehow? I swear it feels different.

The spartan bots actually a bit terrifying now. I like it.
 
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I know they're not concerned with this just yet, but I'm getting a massive fps boost with this build already on my 3080 compared to last time.

I also feel like aiming has been improved somehow? I swear it feels different.

The spartan bots actually a bit terrifying now. I like it.
Yeah I loaded in and set them to spartan and got clapped
 

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just tested it on pc... 1440p everything max settings on a GTX1070, 60 to 70 fps

keybinding is gliched as fuck... I had to alt+F4 out of the game twice because the rebind prompt just glitches out and I can't get out of it.
it also crashed on my once already... yay lol

oh and I couldn't put in my Microsoft login, because my AltGr key wasn't registered while using the login window, meaning I could not type an @ symbol. so I had to Alt-Tab out, open a browser window, type in my email adress there, and then copy paste it into the login window
 
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I don't think i got a key sad

everyone who registered fully before September 13th should get a key. look on Halo Waypoint under insider and look if there is a steam key in the list on the bottom.

if you are registered on Xbox you need to download the insider app and activate your beta from within that app, which will then link you to the store to download. basically on Xbox it's not a download code.

also invites can go out in waves, maybe you'll get your code in a few hours. the real start of the beta is in anout 12h when the first matchmaking goes live
 
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Can't get into any online matches on my XSX...nice.

because they go live in ~12h, you can only play training until then.
this right now is basically a preload phase during which you can already do some basic stuff
 
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everyone who registered fully before September 13th should get a key. look on Halo Waypoint under insider and look if there is a steam key in the list on the bottom.

if you are registered on Xbox you need to download the insider app and activate your beta from within that app, which will then link you to the store to download. basically on Xbox it's not a download code.

also invites can go out in waves, maybe you'll get your code in a few hours. the real start of the beta is in anout 12h when the first matchmaking goes live

I got no messages from them even on my account with halowaypoint.com.

So i guess they didn't let everybody in. i registered my stuff a while ago tho. 10th i think.
 

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runs much better on my pc than last flight. getting about 160 in deathmatches vs bots. Same as last time, set your minimum fps to the same as your max
just wanna correct this... despite forcing a higher refresh rate it introduces a lot of stutter on 2/3 maps and makes the image quality look terrible. Best quality experience is with min fps set to off and max fps unlocked. getting about 100fps this way with almost no stutter and it looks good on any graphics preset
 

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I got no messages from them even on my account with halowaypoint.com.

So i guess they didn't let everybody in. i registered my stuff a while ago tho. 10th i think.
Go to your "halo insider" profile page and scroll down to the active/past flight info. I didn't get any email or message and my steam key was there
 
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I just joined the flight program this morning but have been a member of xbox inside for a while. Still not getting an invite in my previews. Sucks, guess I'll wait until December .
 

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I got no messages from them even on my account with halowaypoint.com.

So i guess they didn't let everybody in. i registered my stuff a while ago tho. 10th i think.

My code only showed up like an hour ago EU region so maybe there is still time for you depending where you live.

On Topic
How big is the PC version of this tech preview.
Ive got less than 60GB left on my SSD because some men just want to watch the world burn.
 
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My code only showed up like an hour ago EU region so maybe there is still time for you depending where you live.

On Topic
How big is the PC version of this tech preview.
Ive got less than 60GB left on my SSD because some men just want to watch the world burn.
It downloaded at around 19GB for me on Steam IIRC.
 
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I have no idea how these test times work. So it's not active during the entire weekend but only at set times? Can I play it right now or?
 

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Anyone on the PC having issues getting past the initial black screen loading? The icon in the bottom left eventually stops and the game just hangs.
 

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I have no idea how these test times work. So it's not active during the entire weekend but only at set times? Can I play it right now or?
It's active for 23-26 and next weekend. It's available to play Training, Academy, etc. but PvP mode has set times so that they can probably stress test the servers. You can go ahead and play around right now, but if you want to wait for PvP:

  • Weekend 1 (September 24-26)
    • Friday, September 24 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Slayer on Bazaar, Live Fire, and Recharge
    • Saturday, September 25 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Slayer on Bazaar, Live Fire, and Recharge
      • Capture The Flag on Bazaar
      • Strongholds on Live Fire and Recharge
    • Sunday, September 26 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Slayer on Bazaar, Behemoth, Live Fire, and Recharge
      • Capture The Flag on Bazaar and Behemoth
      • Strongholds on Live Fire and Recharge

  • Weekend 2 (October 1-3)
    • Friday, October 1 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Capture The Flag on Fragmentation
    • Saturday, October 2 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Capture The Flag on Fragmentation
      • Total Control on Fragmentation
    • Sunday, October 3 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Capture The Flag on Fragmentation
      • Total Control on Fragmentation
      • Slayer on Fragmentation
 
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Black_Stride

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Can I give my steam key to a friend if I'm already in the Xbox flight?
If you are also going to give them you Gamertag to log in then sure should be no problem.

Else, it might be a bit dicey....I doubt they care too much so your account might not be affected but they(your friend) might simply not be able to login in with their gamertag.
I have no idea how these test times work. So it's not active during the entire weekend but only at set times? Can I play it right now or?

This is a concurrency test....they need to have as many player on the servers at the same time to stress them out.
So they have given us times that we can play together.

Every other mode in the tech test is available the whole weekend.
PvP at the times given.
It downloaded at around 19GB for me on Steam IIRC.
Thanks.
 

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Anyone on the PC having issues getting past the initial black screen loading? The icon in the bottom left eventually stops and the game just hangs.
Haven't had that happen to me. I load in fairly quick
 
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Haven't been following this game at all but I got an invite key and was able to try out a few solo fights with bots. Overall response feels solid.
I had a friend sharing some gripes about the enemy armor outlines being distracting or making it difficult to discern when shots registered.
After playing around with it, I can't say I disagree. Something does feel a bit off. Is there any way to turn outlines off or is there anything planned?
Not sure if it's a common issue.
 

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Anyone else on steam having any frame hitching issues? Despite fiddling with the settings (default, changing resolutions, doing the minimum off/= max shit, changing presets, etc) it still keeps lags non-stop and im only in the weapon drills of all things
 
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It's active for 23-26 and next weekend. It's available to play Training, Academy, etc. but PvP mode has set times so that they can probably stress test the servers. You can go ahead and play around right now, but if you want to wait for PvP:

  • Weekend 1 (September 24-26)
    • Friday, September 24 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Slayer on Bazaar, Live Fire, and Recharge
    • Saturday, September 25 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Slayer on Bazaar, Live Fire, and Recharge
      • Capture The Flag on Bazaar
      • Strongholds on Live Fire and Recharge
    • Sunday, September 26 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Slayer on Bazaar, Behemoth, Live Fire, and Recharge
      • Capture The Flag on Bazaar and Behemoth
      • Strongholds on Live Fire and Recharge

  • Weekend 2 (October 1-3)
    • Friday, October 1 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Capture The Flag on Fragmentation
    • Saturday, October 2 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Capture The Flag on Fragmentation
      • Total Control on Fragmentation
    • Sunday, October 3 @ 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm PT
      • Capture The Flag on Fragmentation
      • Total Control on Fragmentation
      • Slayer on Fragmentation
Oof so that's 19:00 'til 23:00 I guess for me today. Sadge.

Can I play against bots in the mean time or?
 
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Haven't had that happen to me. I load in fairly quick
I actually figured it out. It happens when I start the game with my Xbox controller connected via USB.

When I disconnect the controller, it loads in no problem... hmm weird.
 

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I actually figured it out. It happens when I start the game with my Xbox controller connected via USB.

When I disconnect the controller, it loads in no problem... hmm weird.
My xbox controller needed an update when I booted up the xbox about 4 hours ago. Maybe its related to that?
 

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Oof so that's 19:00 'til 23:00 I guess for me today. Sadge.

Can I play against bots in the mean time or?

you can play training mode, which has options like how many teammate bots and how many enemy bots you wanna have, and how intelligent they are, you can even make it so the bots don't shoot at you but only run around and dodge...
also you can test all the weapons and items in those options.

there are 3 maps to chose from as well... and you can do weapon drills where you need to get a certain score to earn up to 3 stars with each weapon... stuff like that
 
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Just checked my flight client worked. This game just brings back memories of years ago just logging in to frag and play MP. Really liking it. Controls feel tighter than H5 as well.
 
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Gameplay is fun. Kinda feels like destiny without the bullshit.
I can only play solo with bots. Is that right?
They wernt going to let you but while people wait for the matchmaking to go live they let you practice with bots and weapon drills
 

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The framerate in the shooting gallery practice is just terrible on Series X. Absolutely horrible.

As for the actual gameplay, damn do I miss the dash, charge, and the actual sprint from Halo 5. It's still really good, easily the second best feeling Halo so far imo, but a distant second from Halo 5 imo. Not sure it'll be enough to pull me from PUBG without the extra movement tbh.

Can't wait to play against real people this weekend to give it a real go. The bots are pretty nuts and realistic.
 

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As for the actual gameplay, damn do I miss the dash, charge, and the actual sprint from Halo 5. It's still really good, easily the second best feeling Halo so far imo, but a distant second from Halo 5 imo.
Anyone who thinks Halo 5 had good, let alone the best, Halo multiplayer can safely have their opinions on gameplay ignored.
 

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Is anyone noticing flickering during browsing the menu options on the seriesx?
Yep, lots of graphical glitches all over the place.

Anyone who thinks Halo 5 had good, let alone the best, Halo multiplayer can safely have their opinions on gameplay ignored.
Nah, anyone who thinks that Halo 1-3 gameplay still holds up in 2021 can have theirs safely ignored.
 
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As for the actual gameplay, damn do I miss the dash, charge, and the actual sprint from Halo 5. It's still really good, easily the second best feeling Halo so far imo, but a distant second from Halo 5 imo. Not sure it'll be enough to pull me from PUBG without the extra movement tbh.
Legit!
I miss dash so hard.....I can live without charge but dash was a good addition IMO.
But dash added so much.
Anyone who thinks Halo 5 had good, let alone the best, Halo multiplayer can safely have their opinions on gameplay ignored.
I guess you are gonna have to ignore me then.
Cuz Halo 5 MP was great I dont know why people deride it so much....I always feel like im missing something.
Then we do polls and on the MP side of things Halo 5 ranks pretty high up usually second only to Halo 3 then I realize nope theres just some people out of touch.

I know we dont have any info on Warzone and all its sub modes but give me dem reqs too cuz having different attachments for weapons and configurations of vehicles was awesome.

After this BTB weekend i should be able to really gauge where I put the current Halo Infinite in my rankings.
 

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Anyone else on steam having any frame hitching issues? Despite fiddling with the settings (default, changing resolutions, doing the minimum off/= max shit, changing presets, etc) it still keeps lags non-stop and im only in the weapon drills of all things
Yeah it’s running terribly on my PC, somethings up with the frame rate regardless of settings (2080 Ti btw).