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Halo Infinite system requirements

PC Gamer 27 August, 2021 - 07:40pm

Craig better look amazing with these specs.

The minimum requirements call for an AMD RX 570 or an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, while the recommended specs call for a Radeon RX 5700 XT or an Nvidia RTX 2070. Pretty hefty for a game that'll run on the base Xbox One. At least it only wants 50GB of space, which seems small by 2021 standards.

Anyway, let's get right to the numbers.

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CNET Highlights 27 August, 2021 - 07:40pm

We don't yet know how many people, or how many Americans (soldiers or civilians), have been killed or injured in what appears to have been a complex suicide attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. But one thing we can know with certainty: It doesn't bode well for Joe Biden's presidency.

The case for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan is strong. The rapid collapse of Afghan military forces and its elected government in the face of a Taliban offensive this summer has demonstrated just how little we've done to create a strong and resilient system in the country over the past 20 years. Add in the deal the Trump administration negotiated with the Taliban for American withdrawal, and Biden was left with the prospect of following through or reneging on it and facing the prospect of a Taliban escalation that required a new American troop surge. Biden personally opposed any such surge, and American public opinion was firmly against it.

But that doesn't mean voters have been happy with scenes coming out of Afghanistan over the past two weeks. It's one thing to favor a withdrawal of troops. It's quite another to be faced with images of victorious members of the Taliban celebrating their triumph over the United States — or of thousands clamoring to flee the country in a chaotic and dangerous scramble at the Kabul airport. It's those images, along with a torrent of sharply critical press coverage of the administration's managing of the withdrawal on the ground, that accounts for most of Biden's precipitous drop in the polls over the past month.

And that was before Thursday's bombings.

In addition to uncertainty surrounding the number of casualties, we also don't yet know who was behind the attack — a faction of the Taliban? Al Qaeda? The Afghan-based "Khorasan" branch of ISIS? Whichever group turns out to have been responsible, the consequences are bound to be bad for Joe Biden in political terms.

America looks weak, confused, on the defensive. The entirety of the national security establishment, including leading members of the military, had already turned on the administration. Our allies have been apoplectic and haven't been shy about sharing their anger and dismay with journalists, many of whom are equally furious about colleagues in Afghanistan facing a dismal future. All of this will now get worse. Much worse, as political friends and enemies at home and abroad seek to distance themselves from and gain advantage in attacking a wounded president.

In political terms, the bipartisan character of the criticism is decisive. In our time of extreme polarization, we've grown used to members of the president's party rallying to his side in times of political turbulence. But that's not what we've seen over the past few weeks, when plenty of Democrats on Capitol Hill have joined with scores of Republicans in speaking out against the way Biden and his team have handled events in Afghanistan. That will only intensify now, as Democrats begin running for cover, aiming to protect themselves from the political fallout.

Then there's the future course of the evacuation process. More than a thousand Americans and many times that many Afghans who assisted us in the country still await removal. Will we be able to bring them safely to the United States over the next few days? Or will additional terrorist attacks — or the threat of such attacks — prevent it, necessitating leaving them behind? And how will that be treated by Biden's lengthening list of political opponents and rivals, who already smell blood in the water?

The president had already locked himself in to several weeks of Afghanistan-focused coverage. That was the risk of him tying our withdrawal to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. What was always going to be a mid-September media frenzy of remembrances tied to that horrific day will now invariably treat it as a story with bookends: the worst civilian attack in American history leading two decades later to a frenzied pullback under enemy fire.

None of this is going to be good for Biden, whose aggregate approval rating will almost certainly be languishing below 45 percent by the time those 9/11 commemorations come to an end. Can a president that weak nonetheless manage to maneuver his ambitious domestic agenda through a narrowly divided Congress? Biden had better hope so, because what would be guaranteed to turn the polling low from a temporary, news-driven soft spot into a new normal is that agenda running aground, leaving the administration without a major accomplishment to run on as the country heads into the midterm elections of 2022.

Was withdrawal the right move? Did the Biden administration bungle the exit? What should come next for America in Afghanistan and the region? We will have plenty of time to argue about how to answer such questions. But the politics of the situation already seem quite clear: Just seven months into his presidency, Joe Biden has gotten himself into serious trouble. 

Halo Infinite: Fans Are Worried About the 343's Approach to Multiplayer Progression - IGN

IGN 27 August, 2021 - 06:50am

In the latest Inside Infinite news post from developer 343, head of design Jerry Hook addressed how the recent technical preview handled its Battle Pass, where players progressed by completing in-game daily challenges. While doing so, Hook said, "Using challenges, our goal is that you will always be earning progress in your Battle Pass through playing and winning matches."

Most other games' Battle Passes use an XP-based system to progress, with everything from wins in Fortnite to sailing nautical miles in Sea of Thieves tied to numerical points, which allow you to level up a Pass. Halo Infinite, it seems, will tie all of its progression to completing challenges instead and, following the post, fans on Twitter sought some clarity.

That choice has some fans worried, as tying progressing to specific actions, rather than general play, could cause multiplayer matches to become unbalanced, with players seeking to complete their specific challenges rather than playing normally. It's a concern expressed elegantly by kami102 on Reddit:

Junyszek did take the time to counter another worry from the community – that daily challenges could feasibly be so limited that progression felt time-gated, forcing you to come back every day to make sure your Battle Pass moved along. While there won't be an endless number of challenges per day, there will seemingly be a lot to get through, and more than enough for most players.

"The Tech Preview had an issue that caused people to run out of challenges", the community manager explained. "Our current plans for launch, while not 'infinite,' mean it's extremely difficult to run out daily challenges. I won't say 'impossible,' cause [sic] there are some grinders out there, but I'd be impressed."

If you're counting down the days until Halo Infinite's release (or just a new technical preview you might get into), why not check out whether your PC can run the game, or our thoughts on the first hands-on. Just don't go dreaming about Forge mode or campaign co-op, as they aren't going to be in the game at launch.

Halo Infinite system requirements are a mix of good and bad news

TechRadar 27 August, 2021 - 04:16am

When Microsoft and 343 Industries showed off Halo Infinite gameplay last year, gamers were unimpressed, to say the least, with poorly designed enemies (which brought rise to the Craig meme) and lifeless environments that felt distinctly last-gen.

The backlash was so severe, that Microsoft delayed the game, leaving the Xbox Series X and S without their only noteworthy exclusive.

That left a lot of us to hope that the extra year of development would be put to good use, allowing 343 Industries to make a more visually impressive title, and going by the system requirements, which have been spotted on the game’s Steam page, that might be happening.

However, the recommended system requirements are where things get interesting, as they show quite a leap. As PC Gamer points out, recommending an Nvidia RTX 2070 is quite an ask, and it could mean we’re in for a much more polished visual experience on PC. Along with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel i7-9700k processor, it seems if you want the most out of Halo Infinite on PC, then you’ll need a pretty capable beast, and that may not be the best news for people who’ve been struggling to get a decent GPU recently.

It's certainly made us interested to see how Halo Infinite justifies those kind of specs, but at least the minimum requirements should be achievable for many people.

Another bit of good news is that it appears the game only requires 50GB of storage space. That’s pretty small for modern games, and while that may hint at a game that’s smaller in scope than some people are hoping for, it’ll be welcome for anyone who is running out of storage space, or has a slow internet connection.

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