Halo Infinite

Going into the Xbox anniversary, many rumors circulated that Microsoft would surprise everyone by releasing Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer mode early, and that’s exactly what Microsoft did. The multiplayer beta is available now for Xbox and PC.

This was Microsoft’s worst kept secret, as almost everyone seems to have heard that company was going to launch the multiplayer portion of its next massive game on November 15, 2021. Forbes did an exhaustive dive into all of the evidence, and it was compelling. And, of course, it all turned out to be correct.

You can currently download the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Series X, and PC. As mentioned, it’s completely free, and you don’t need to preorder the separate campaign mode to get access to the entirety of the multiplayer mode.

If you’re on Xbox, you can search for Halo Infinite or go to Microsoft’s website to start the download. For those looking to get the game on PC, you can go to the Steam page to download it.

However, if you’re trying to play on Xbox, you might have some issues. Many users (myself included) are getting a blue screen after downloading the game. That’s because it’s only downloading the small preload file, and it appears that the actual multiplayer game hasn’t fully launched yet.

Update, 11/15/21 2:29 pm Eastern: After deleting the small installed Halo Infinite File and downloading it again, I was able to install the full version of the multiplayer beta.

In a Tweet, Halo Support addressed the situation, saying, “We’re aware of an issue where players are hitting a blue screen upon trying to launch #HaloInfinite. Beta build is working through our systems and should hit your console as an update shortly.”

In the meantime, you’ll just need to be patient (or play it on PC, as players seem to be having better success there).

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