Xbox’s 20th Anniversary: Halo Launch, TV Show, Backward Compatibility

Surprise gift for Halo fans


Xbox just celebrated its 20th anniversary with some exciting new announcements. The company even went as far as launching Halo: Infinite free-to-play multiplayer earlier than the game’s release. Those interested can play the game right now on Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X, and PC. The company even shared a brief teaser from the live-action Halo TV show, coming to Paramount Plus. So here’s everything announced during the Xbox’s 20th-anniversary event.

Xbox launches Halo: Infinite multiplayer early

Due to previous leaks and speculations, it was no open secret that Xbox was planning to release Halo: Infinite multiplayer early. The free-to-play cross-platform multiplayer game is now available on Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X, and PC. The game is technically still in beta and includes season one of the multiplayer mode based on Halo: Reach.

The entire game is set to launch on December 8th, and any progress made by players will carry over. The game will be available on Game Pass on day one. Indian users can take advantage of this by getting 8 months of free game pass. Here are the PC system requirements to run Halo: Infinite.

Halo: Infinite PC system requirements

xbox halo infinite pc requirements

Halo live-action TV series

Xbox also gave Halo fans a brief glimpse at the upcoming Halo live-action TV series. The series will be coming exclusively to Paramount Plus next year. Assuming the role of Master Chief will be Pablo Schreiber, best known for playing Mad Sweeney on American Gods. Jen Taylor will also be reprising her original role from the games as Cortana, Master Chief’s AI companion.

Xbox documentary

Xbox also announced a six-part documentary series about the story of its origins. The documentary is named Power On: The Story of Xbox and will be premiering on December 13th. The series will cover the console’s humble beginnings and its greatest challenges, including the original console’s Red Ring of Death. The series will be available on several video platforms, including Roku, IMDb TV, YouTube, Redbox, etc. For more details, see here.

Xbox Backward Compatibility

The company also added 76 new games to the Xbox backward compatibility program. The program has been on hold for two years, and this will be the final time any old Xbox/Xbox 360 game will make its way to Series X|S. Here’s the complete list of 76 new Xbox backward compatible games arriving today:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate, Dead or Alive 3, Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney Universe
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Elements of Destruction
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • F.E.A.R. Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne Trilogy
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • NIER
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Switchball
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

Nalin Rawat

Nalin Rawat

Nalin is a tech writer who covers VR, gaming, awesome new gadgets, and the occasional trending affairs of the tech industry. He has been writing about tech and gaming since he started pursuing Journalism in college. He has also previously worked in print organizations like The Statesman and Business Standard. In his free time, he plays FPS games and explores virtual reality. Reach out to him at @NalinRawat
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