The multiplayer beta release for Halo Infinite has been a remarkably smooth one, especially when you consider that the game came with full cross-play integration right out of the gate. That’s right: While the game was released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, there’s no barrier between those sets of players–and you can freely team up with your friends no matter what platform they’re on.
Cross-play of this type can be great for expanding the population of multiplayer games, since players are no longer siloed based on what platform they’re using and can instead all play together. But it can have its drawbacks, too. It’s a truism of competitive shooters that players using mouse and keyboard tend to have an advantage over those using controllers, for instance. A mouse allows for much quicker, more precise aiming in a lot of cases, and controller analog sticks just can’t compare to the ease of pointing and clicking. On the other hand, controller players usually benefit from aim assist to help deal with the imprecision of a controller, and it’s not tough to argue that some of Halo Infinite’s gameplay feel is derived from its history as a console shooter. Either way, some players are annoyed with cross-play in Halo Infinite, feeling that they might be at a disadvantage depending on their platform.
The bad news is that, unlike most competitive multiplayer games, such as Battlefield 2042 or Call of Duty: Vanguard, there’s no easy way to toggle off cross-play in Halo Infinite–at least, not right now. But if you’d prefer to play with only other people of your same input type, there is one section of Halo Infinite multiplayer that’ll allow you to do so: ranked play. Here’s how to get into the Ranked Arena playlist and how to face off against players using your preferred brand of input.
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Author: Phil Hornshaw