Halo Infinite Comparison From the 2nd Tech Preview Shows Very Impressive Visuals

The second Halo Infinite tech preview has kicked off this weekend, and a new comparison shows impressive visuals and performance.

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Jin_Sakai26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

The Halo Infinite tech test looks amazing and gameplay is sublime.

John Linneman “Digital Foundry”

“It’s kind of insane how much better it looks compared to the original footage.”

russo12126d ago

John Linneman “Digital Foundry - “It’s kind of insane how much better it looks compared to the original footage.”

He should take some time to educate his partner, Alex Battaglia, how to properly evaluate game graphics, we all remember the damage control and excuses done by the pretending "graphics analyst" about mountains and lightning - Or he just needs to pay a visit to an ophthalmologist.

Hatchetforce26d ago

I am so looking forward to the final product. I spent this weekend in the test and every flight is more and more refined. It is finally approaching the condition that a landmark series like HALO deserves.

That said, NXGamer (Who recently became the tech analyst for IGN) ripped Alex a new one last year when that footage came out. It was disappointing. No excuses. Period. They got a well deserved wakeup call and a punch to the forehead because this is HALO and it deserves to be the best. No just a good game shielded by excuses.

Gazondaily26d ago

Since you appear to be the expert, why dont you teach Alex how to evaluate visuals and tell us what was wrong with his analysis.

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Bladesfist26d ago

Everything he said about lighting with dynamic time of day is true though, you can't just let a render farm bake lightmaps into the map for a few hours if the lights can move. Dynamic time of day has always been an issue for lighting quality and will be until games can be fully ray traced and have lighting with the same amount of bounces as current baked lightmaps are created with.

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darthv7225d ago

I have to say, even on an old VCR XBO it looks pretty damn impressive. but that 30fps though... I will be playing at 60 on both a One X and SS.

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CaptainHenry91626d ago (Edited 26d ago )

It still doesn't look Next-Gen to me. Is it because of the Xbox One? It should look better than this imo

instantstupor26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

I kind of agree. There are good things to be sure: the textures do look good, model detail looks clean, etc. But the jump from One to Series X isn't particularly massive. It seems like resolution and framerate are the main things separating these consoles, with the base XBO missing out on a few things like SSR in some instances, softer shadows, etc.

Improvements over the initial showing, certainly, but I don't find the differences mind boggling. Though, to be fair, this is also the purely multiplayer portion, and MP modes tend to choose smooth action over eye candy. It's no real suprise XSX can hit 120fps given the overall similarity to the XBO version. I'll be more interested to see what happens with the campaign, as I expect the focus to lean at least a bit more towards eye candy.

Jin_Sakai26d ago

Did you play the latest tech test? It both looks amazing and plays great. And most importantly it was tons of fun.

SyntheticForm26d ago

I've been wanting Halo to get gritty for some time now but it's become clear that the developers have other visions for Halo.

It's been colorful and upbeat for so long now. I'd like to see 343 do for Halo what Santa Monica did for God of War if that makes any sense.

My vision would look totally next gen, but it may not be feasible.

OptimusDK26d ago

120 FPS goes a long way. There is no cinematic 30 FPS jargon here

DigitalDaniel26d ago

It's a cross-gen title. It was never meant to be next-gen.
But you'll have these slick graphics/physics in 120 fps on console.

I played both flight tests and what I expected was an okay game that was fun for a while.
Instead I had the most fun fps experience I've had in many, many years. It just "feels" right in basically every way. My most wanted fps game this year was Battlefield 2042. Considering we haven't seen any proper gameplay yet and no beta, I got the feeling it's not in a great shape. So I think Halo Infinite unexpectedly just got bumped up to the top of my list for fps games.

rakentaja25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

The game just looks GOOD, nothing groundbreaking or special, but plays 10/10, which is much more important. I had a blast in beta and I never play Halo, like seriously.

Hofstaderman25d ago

Moores law of diminishing returns. The last big jump in graphics was the Ps2 to ps3 era.

pensamientosmerodean25d ago

The thing is... you can play with that level of graphics in 120fps, that is pretty next gen to me.

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RaidenBlack26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

Gotta agree ... they have been able to improve the texture quality to a really good level on PC.
Nice Occlusion and tessellation.

slowgamer26d ago

Well those pictures look better than in that video but places could look more "lived in". Also could have picked more interesting places other than kabul and military installation, you know, wouldn't hurt to have bit more colour.

RaidenBlack26d ago

Game's pretty colorful ... don't know what you're on about?


Charlieboy33325d ago

John Linneman “Digital Foundry: “It’s kind of insane how much better it looks compared to the original footage.”

All this tells me is that it must have looked insanely shit in the original footage for this to be such an improvement.

spwittbold25d ago

It does look gorgeous, trees in back look awful though - really need work.

babadivad25d ago

My faith in this studio has diminished so much I'm actually surprised the game has improved this much.

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Orchard26d ago

The game really is looking night and day compared to what they showed last year. Textures and lighting especially look a LOT more detailed.

CaptainHenry91626d ago

Even the PC version doesn't look next-gen. It looks solid, but not Next-Gen.

-Hermit-26d ago

It looks, it looks, it looks, you people have become so obsessed with how games look that you have forgotten the most important part, the gameplay. There is a reason why games like Phasmophobia, Fall Guys, and Among Us were such hits last year, it's because people found them fun. Valheim is yet another game that has targetted fun gameplay over visuals and it's booming right now.

CS:GO was released in 2012, and it's still the most played game on Steam today, even though it's nearly 10 years old.

People love to say "muh graphics" but they aren't the thing that keep players playing, they never were. Gameplay always has and always will keep players playing.

Lightning7726d ago

The game is on X1 you answered your own question earlier as to why it Doesn't look true next gen.

GT7 does look next gen because it's on PS4.

CaptainHenry91626d ago (Edited 26d ago )

But Spider-Man Miles Morales looks next gen, and it's on PS4. I think it comes down to the developer. Horizon Forbidden West is on PS4, and that also looks next gen. It's up to the developer, and 343 isn't that developer. Microsoft should hire bungie to help for the next Halo game the same way they hired Crystal Dynamics for Perfect Dark

Bladesfist26d ago

To be fair, it runs at over 100 fps on my rig which is a bit older than the next gen consoles, this game is definitely targeting competitive shooter performance like Rainbow 6, Counter Strike or Overwatch over visuals which is fine IMO. It feels much better to play a competitive shooter at high framerates.

generic-user-name25d ago


Well this is an article specifically talking about its visuals, not it's gameplay.

Bruh25d ago

Besides Ratchet and Clank and Demon Souls, no game this generation has looked "next-gen" because both Microsoft and Sony refuse to leave their older consoles behind when it comes to game development

iplay1up225d ago

Pretty sure the campaign will look much more detailed. This still looks good, and 120fps is fantastic.

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thesoftware73026d ago

It looks excellent, thatbis why I'm so confused about what some haters are saying about the game.

Anyway, was playing yesterday and not only do it look excellent, it plays fantastic! I had not one complaint after the test flight.

Darkborn25d ago

It might look solid for Xbox, but the haters are hating because Xbox fans are saying it's the best looking game ever. This looks like a ps4 2014ish game.

thesoftware73025d ago

I disagree, and I actually played it and its so clean, sharp, buttery smooth with great texture work. Halo has never been the top graphics since Halo 2 imo, but boy does Infinite look good.

As Conan the barbarian once said:
Not on your no, that's not right...not on your life.

JackBNimble25d ago

All the haters are sonyfanbois, there should be no confusion here.
They're just but hurt about the competition, only sony can make good games in their simple minds.

Darkborn25d ago

Look at history and your statement is mostly right. I'm not trying to be a fanboy. I'm just seeing Twitter blow up with people saying it's gonna raise the bar on visuals and shooters. No, this isn't 2014 and killzone shadowfall looked better or just as good on a more than 6x weaker machine.

Paytaa25d ago

It wouldn't be N4G if there weren't people insecure about video games based on platform of choice lol

Been here for close to 10 years and it hasn't changed one bit. No one even knows what N4G is.

Pancit_Canton26d ago

I failed to see "The Very Impressive Graphics". This game looks very dated for a "AAA" game. It's very overrated imo.

343_Guilty_Spark26d ago

You're not looking then. Halo 5 doesn't look anywhere near as good as this game and that was a nice looking game when it launched.

TheDoomedGuy26d ago

Halo 5 was not a nice looking game at all. The graphics were subpar. It did have some nice vfx

Krog01126d ago

I mean, it is definitely near the top of the list for best looking multiplayer game. Maybe BF and Destiny 2 have it topped? But not much else comes to mind.

343_Guilty_Spark26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

I think textures are are lot better than Destiny is too.

SeTTriP26d ago

Destiny 2 is gorgeous on ps5 on a lg c1.

Halo has improved but Destiny 2 is a looker.

SullysCigar26d ago

I expect TLOU2: Factions will be a looker, too.

spicelicka25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

I don't understand why people think Destiny 2 is so amazing looking. What makes it stand out is the detail and colours, but graphically it's very very last gen. The lighting is very dull specially in sunny areas. Gears 5 is probably the best looking, the multiplayer looks almost as good as the campaign itself.

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Gamer4Life157926d ago

The texture work, cleanliness of visuals and smoothness of motion can only be appreciated if you actually experienced it for yourself. I played it over the weekend on a Series X and a CX LG oled. IMO, it looks and feels fantastic. Did you get a chance to play it?

Pancit_Canton26d ago

Played it on PC with Ultra settings. Destiny 2 & APEX Legend looks way better.

Jin_Sakai26d ago

“Played it on PC with Ultra settings. Destiny 2 & APEX Legend looks way better.“

You trash talk Xbox and Halo constantly but you chose to play the Halo Infinite tech test? Interesting.

Pancit_Canton26d ago


I'm a gamer. I played all kinds of games. Also, I want to experience the game myself, if want to criticized and form an opinion

chiefJohn11725d ago

Lmao dude said apex legends look way better 😂 so stuff you just gotta laugh at. Can't take these people seriously

marvygarvy40825d ago

@pancit_canton LMAO APEX looks way better? You trippn bro!!!

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dbcoops26d ago

I think "dated" is definitely a good description, no matter how much work they do or how much power they have available this game seems to be stuck in the past aesthetically.

gamer780426d ago

This is also multiplayer competition stuff not the campaign

autobotdan26d ago

Do you ever post anything positive about anything xbox?

masterfox25d ago

Yes I do, several times I praised the OG Xbox in how good it was in its time, a real game console competitor I had one back in the day and it was freaking awesome, remember playing for the first time Ninja Gaiden, Splinter Cell, First Halo, but for some reason lots of you tend to ignore all that, the issue here is that lots of you imo fail to see how good the MS was with its original Xbox and you think the Xbox Series consoles are the same, back then OG Xbox had real awesome exclusive and variety, today is none or just average looking games, if you didn't realize MS xbox series hasn't receive a single true next gen game and is almost a year, and you still are fine with that?, yikes!, sorry but this is not about trolling like lots of you want to see it , this is about common sense imo. Sorry.

gamer925d ago (Edited 25d ago )

A long way of saying "no i haven't posted anything positive since OG Xbox"

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