Halo Infinite’s canceled split-screen campaign can be uncanceled by exploit

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last week, the infinity halo development team announced that it was walking back a promise of years to support split-screen co-op for the game’s campaign mode. The feature had been delayed several times before being thrown in the trashand the decision dashed the hopes of anyone who wanted to enjoy the game’s campaign with at least one friend on a single screen.

Within days, fans were suggesting that the feature had been working on Xbox consoles all along, albeit through a glitch that, at the time of publishing, has yet to be patched. infinity haloThe commercial version of Xbox for consoles. Following reports and videos of the exploit, a team of game analysts confirmed during hours of campaign testing that infinity haloSplit-screen is functional enough that we’re left scratching our heads as to what the hell is going on on Xbox.

how to do it yourself

Before posting any instructions, a warning: Use of this exploit could affect or completely bomb your Xbox infinity halo save files. This is due to a long-standing bug, reported in decemberwhere infinity halo gets confused if two gamepads are registered to the same “gamertag” profile on one console. Assigning a separate gamertag to each connected controller before launching the game seems to solve the problem, but be warned.

Currently, this exploit requires an online connection and at least one person on your Xbox friends list to run the game at the same time as you. They can just leave the game in the background on their Xbox for your purposes, but it’s still an inconvenience. Once you have booted infinity halo, make sure your friend is online by using the Xbox gamepad’s “back” button (the menu button immediately to the right of the D-pad, with two overlapping squares) to load the game’s built-in friends list interface. In fact, go ahead and practice loading this menu, by highlighting your friend’s name and tapping the A button to reveal a “join” menu option. Do not join your online session yet.

On your own console, start the usual steps to start a infinity halo single player campaign session. Choose your preferred save file (supposedly a new one to enjoy new co-op with a partner, but you do), then start the session. The game will start a countdown from “five”, and this is where you will need to be on the lookout. In the instant the countdown reaches “zero”, tap the “back” button on the gamepad, select your friend and join your session. You don’t have a lot of time to do this, especially if you’re on a faster-charging Xbox Series X/S. (Aren’t you glad you practiced this step beforehand?)

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Enlarge / infinity halo Split-screen couch co-op is played on the author’s Xbox Series X, as enabled by following the wacky steps outlined in this section.

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If you do this correctly, you’re in. You can now leave your friend’s session (use the “leave computer” option in the menu you’re currently in) and let them know that they can turn off their Xbox if they wish. . Once you are out of the online session, use the “B” button to return to InfiniteThe top level menu of (with four tabs at the top: Play, Customize, Community, Shop). While still in the Play tab, scroll down to “Custom Game”. This will suggest that you’re about to play a simple versus match, but your Xbox has the campaign loaded, so you’re still in good shape.

The only option you need to tap on in this menu is “Server”, which will change from “Xbox Live” to “Local Online”. Do this, then press “launch” on your second activated controller (again, we suggest you assign a unique gamertag to this gamepad, not a duplicate of yours or a “guest”) to add it to the fireteam. It will appear that you have added a single opponent to a simple versus match. Instead, you have added a co-op partner. Once P2 is recognized in this menu, select “play” and the campaign will begin.

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