Halo Infinite had its first tech beta, which gave players the chance to try 343’s upcoming shooter for the first time. The multiplayer matches were centered across three maps with a number of different types of bots, which gave a brief view of the game, with a build the developer says is already months old. Digital Foundry used this limited time to gather some findings on the performance of Halo Infinite across all its platforms, with surprising results.
Firstly, the game runs rather well on current generation hardware. The Xbox Series X and Series S both maintain frame rate targets of 60fps, while both run decent in 120fps modes as well. The Series X exhibits shows oddities at times with stutters at high frame rates, even with Variable Refresh Rate enabled. This problem doesn’t exist on the Series S, which means it’s likely an issue with the CPU.
However, things are not looking as promising on the older console generation. The Xbox One X does an O.K. job maintaining a 30fps frame rate, while aiming at higher resolution gameplay. The Xbox One S struggles to match that frame rate even with aggressive dynamic resolution scaling. It’s a method of playing that will make you consider an upgrade, and Digital Foundry expressed curiosity as to how the more visually-demanding single-player mode will fair on this console.
Halo Infinite scales according to the frame rate target, which means you can expect a target of 4K when playing at 60fps and around 1440p when at 120fps on the Xbox Series X. Digital Foundry noted that this isn’t locked, with the Series X hovers around 1800p at 60fps, and 1080p and 1440p at 120fps. The Series S aims for 1080p for both its frame rates modes, but falls to 720p when targeting 120fps (but can dip to 540p at points).
Of course, these results are conclusive to the content that was available in the technical test, which 343 has made clear is not final. This means improvements are likely on the way before the game launches. It also means these findings might not translate to the single-player side, since this will feature more AI and be visually demanding on the console.