Halo Infinite’s canceled split-screen campaign can be canceled with an exploit

Halo Infinite's canceled split-screen campaign can be canceled with an exploit

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Last week, the Halo Infinite The development team has announced that it is backing away from a multi-year commitment to support split-screen co-op for the game’s campaign mode. The feature was delayed multiple times before being tossed in the bin, and the decision dashed the hopes of anyone hoping to enjoy the game’s campaign with at least one friend on one screen.

Within days, fans suggested that the feature had been working on Xbox consoles all along, albeit due to a bug – which, as of press time, has yet to be fixed Halo Infiniteof the retail version on Xbox consoles. Following reports and videos of the exploit, a team of gaming analysts confirmed through campaign hours of testing that Halo InfiniteIts split-screen mode is functional—enough so that it leaves us scratching our heads as to what the heck is going on with the Xbox.

How to do it yourself

Before I post any instructions, a warning: Using this exploit could affect or nuke your Xbox Halo Infinite file storage. This is due to a long-standing bug, reported in December, where Halo Infinite it gets confused if two gamepads are connected to the same “gamertag” profile on one console. Assigning a separate player tag to each connected controller before starting the game seems to solve the problem, but be warned.

Currently, this exploit requires an internet 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 a hassle. Once you boot up Halo Infinite, make sure your friend is connected by using the Xbox gamepad’s “back” button (the menu button just to the right of the D-pad, with two overlapping squares) to load the game’s built-in friend list interface. In fact, go ahead and practice loading this menu by highlighting your friend’s name and pressing the A button to bring up a “join” menu option. Don’t join their online session yet.

On your console, go through the usual steps to start a Halo Infinite campaign session for one player. Select your preferred save file (it’s supposed to be new to enjoy new collaboration with a partner, but you) start the session. The game will start counting down from “five”, and here you should be careful. In the dot the countdown hits “zero”, press the “back” button of the gamepad, select your friend and join their session. You don’t have much time to do this, especially if you’re on a faster-loading Xbox Series X/S. (Aren’t you glad you practiced this step beforehand?)

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Zoom in / Halo Infinite Couch split screen co-op is played on the author’s Xbox Series X as enabled using the odd steps described in this section.

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If you do it right, you’re in. You can now leave your friend’s session (use the “leave fireteam” toggle in the menu you’re currently in) and let them know they can turn off their Xbox if they want. Once you exit the online session, use the “B” button to return Inexperiencedtop-level menu (with four tabs at the top: Play, Customize, Community, Buy). While still on the Play tab, tap on “Custom Game”. This will indicate that you’re going to play a simple vs. match, but your Xbox has the campaign loaded, so you’re still in good shape.

The only option you need to tap in this menu is “Server”, which you’ll change from “Xbox Live” to “Local Internet”. Do this, then press “start” on the second activated controller (again, we recommend that you assign a unique player tag to that gamepad, not a duplicate of you or a “guest”) to add her to the fireteam. It will appear as if you have added a single opponent to a simple matchup. Instead, you’ve added a collaboration partner. Once P2 is recognized in this menu, select “play” and the campaign will begin.

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