Halo Infinite demo was a work in progress build running on PC, not on Xbox Series X

By Sean Carey,
The Halo Infinite campaign gameplay demo shown during July's Xbox Games Showcase featured footage from a work in progress build of the game and was captured on a PC.

Halo Infinite

In an interview with Inside Gaming, Xbox's marketing GM Aaron Greenberg was asked about the visuals of Halo Infinite after many had criticised the game for not looking "next-gen". Greenberg said, "Listen, we're in the middle of a global pandemic. It's July; we're far from Holiday, you're seeing a work-in-progress game." Greenberg goes on to say that the stream quality could have impacted the overall look of the game and urges fans to go back and watch the demo in 4K/60fps on YouTube, "It's very hard to show the full power and graphic fidelity of what Xbox Series X can deliver for you over a stream, so go back and look at it in 4K/60.

"It is a work in progress. We see build check-ins every week, and they make progress week after week, so between now and Holiday, it's going to get better and better."

Many were left wondering what hardware the demo was captured on. It turns out the Xbox Series X wasn't being used at all, and a PC with similar specs to the console was utilised instead. A 343 Industries developer told PCGamesN, "The game was captured from a PC that is representative of the experience that players will have on Xbox Series X." It should be pointed out that it's not uncommon for developers to showcase their games using a PC instead of console hardware.

Xbox opened the showcase with Halo Infinite, which included several minutes of campaign gameplay. Halo Infinite is set to be a more open game than previous entries into the Halo series, and it will grant more freedom to players than ever before.

If you're wondering what else got announced during the show, check out our article that details every announcement made during July's Xbox Games Showcase.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean joined the team as a Staff Writer for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2019. He games across all platforms and is always looking for an excuse to replay any of the Metal Gear Solid titles.