Halo Infinite’s physical disc doesn’t contain the full game – what’s going on?

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The disc version of Halo Infinity doesn’t actually contain the full playable game, instead, the game requires online DRM to install – this means you need an internet connection to download the full game along with its patches. , which means that the game cannot be installed offline.

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John Linneman of Digital Foundry complained via Twitter that Halo Infinity’s “disc not playable game will be the first Halo game you can’t actually own as a standalone copy.”

Linman further writes in another Tweet, “It seems that the disc does not allow you to play the game without connecting and downloading the data. If you install it offline, it’s only a partial game install and it doesn’t play (at least on the Series X/S). Ultimately this meant that if you didn’t have an internet connection you wouldn’t be able to install and play the game offline – even in single-player campaigns.

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We don’t know why Microsoft has done this with Halo Infinity. This isn’t because of its file size, given the physical version of Microsoft Flight Simulator that came with multiple discs to ensure the entire game is capable of being installed offline.

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This is more likely due to Xbox’s Smart Delivery, as there is no separate disc for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S versions of Halo Infinity – these game discs only contain versions of Xbox One games, then the disc will be required. An Internet connection to download and access the enhanced Xbox Series X/S version of the game. This is different from PlayStation, where the game comes in two different versions for PS4 and PS5 and also comes with the full version of the game on disc, which can be played from start to finish without having to go online to download patches. could.

Analysis: Is Xbox Serious About Game Protection?

While Microsoft is currently leading the games industry on game protection to preserve older games – Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has called for industry-wide game protection, according to a recent report. axios – Xbox Series X/S has major issues with online DRM. Halo Infinite isn’t the only Xbox game that requires online DRM, many others do as well.

Youtuber Modern Vintage Gamer tested physical Smart Delivery versions of games like Tomb Raider and Hitman 3, and both refused to work offline and required an internet connection. They also tested native Xbox Series X/S physical games like Devil May Cry 5 and those versions appear to be able to be played offline and installed.

This is a shame for Game Protection, as it essentially means that you’ll be able to play or install a physical Smart Delivery version of your Xbox Series X/S game if Microsoft decides to take its servers offline. Won’t happen.

Microsoft recommends having your Xbox Series X/S as your ‘home console’ in Settings, but this solution is described as a ‘band-aid’ and it seems that your game installs and do not work offline.

Not only is there a problem with online DRM with Xbox Series X/S discs, but the console itself. According to the Twitter account Dositplay1 – whose account focuses on online DRM in gaming – the Xbox Series X/S requires an online activation for a server to set up the console – so if you don’t have access to the Internet, or If Microsoft decides to shut down the servers, you won’t be able to set up a new Xbox Series X/S console.

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If it really cares about game protection, Microsoft will take steps to end online DRM on its consoles. Hopefully, Halo Infinite will receive a full version containing the full game on disc, as it is the best Halo game made in years – we gave Halo Infinite a rare five-star rating in our review.

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