Earlier this morning, Xbox announced that Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer mode (in beta form) is available to play right now for Xbox Series and PC. And just like that, everyone’s jumping on it in just a span of a few hours.
In just 5 hours or so, Halo Infinite’s current player count is at 223,885 at this time of writing (via SteamDB) when they should be working. For those actually at work around that time in the US (basically the morning over in Southeast Asia), they’ll probably jump in later so that player count will probably rise up exponentially.
This makes Halo Infinite the most successful Xbox Game Studios title of all time on Steam. For comparison, Halo: Master Chief Collection’s all-time peak player count is at 161,000 while Forza Horizon 5’s is at 81,000. To be fair, the latter just came out a week or so ago. Also, this only counts PC Steam users, not Xbox console and Xbox Game Pass users, so odds are the numbers might be higher if you factor those numbers in.
The F2P game is a 26GB download on Steam, and just like with other online games at launch like Diablo 3, you’re not going to get into the servers straight away. In fact, a lot of folks are struggling with the game’s download speed, and also coming across a blue screen when trying to launch the game. Xbox and 343 Industries are still working on fixing this as we speak.
Please be patient, Spartans! We're aware of an issue where players are hitting a blue screen upon trying to launch #HaloInfinite. Beta build is working through our systems and should hit your console as an update shortly. We're working as hard as we can to get you in the game.
— Halo Support (@HaloSupport) November 15, 2021
Halo Infinite’s campaign mode will be out on 8th December.