Halo- Master Chief Collection: Now on Steam Deck & Linux
January 31, 2023
Before speak about Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the big news, it is important to give the relevance to the Stem Consola.
Regarding The Steam Deck
The Steam Deck is a handheld game console developed by Valve Corporation. Launched on February 25 this year, The console can be used in a portable or desktop way using an external monitor. Something like what the Nintendo Switch console offers. The device is designed to support much of the Steam library using SteamOS. This allows support for many Windows PC games through the Proton compatibility layer using Linux. And being an open platform system, it allows users to install other games compatible with the device or even other operating systems.
And now, knowing the success selling a million Steam Deck units and the massive achievement of the console, the company recently answered some of the critical issues regarding the future of the gaming console.
Some of the questions and answers goes around of how it is still trying to convince and work with developers to bring unsupported games to Linux. So far, they have made support for games like Apex Legends, etc. And today a new addition to that, is Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Valve said that they are working with the devs of Halo: MCC for Steam Deck and Linux support, and the game is now playable.
About Valve’s SteamOS
For a long time, PC users had only one option as operating system if we wanted to enjoy our favorite video games on PC: Windows. Of course, some will defend Linux and Mac as a gaming platform, but the reality is that if now there are games supported on these two platforms, in the past it was a real hell to bet on Mac and Linux as operating systems.
Of course, there have always been virtual machines, software that allowed to emulate Windows on other operating systems in order to play all PC titles. However, unless you had a top-of-the-line computer, the games did not run properly.
The Halo: The Master Chief Collection
It is a remastering of the first-person shooter video games of the Halo saga for the Xbox One console. Which went on sale in the United States on November 11, 2014, and in Europe on November 14 of the same year. These features are: Halo 1 Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 with their respective multiplayer modes complete, and with their additional content. But also, in 2014 was added Halo 3 ODST as compensation for the matchmaking errors that the collection brought at the beginning.
All games received graphical enhancements for launch. The video game includes access to the live-action series called Halo: Nightfall, as well as access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, which was available for a limited time. On March 12, 2019, it was announced for PC and on December 3 of the same year the collection was released for Windows 10 on the Steam platform. It included only Halo Reach, but the other games would be released as they were announced. Currently, the collection is complete on Windows 10 with: Halo Reach, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST and Halo 4.
About One of the open-source projects
This project is called “Are We Anti-Cheat Yet?” tracks the status of games via open-source contributions, and the user udekmp states that, “Single player, co-op, and custom matches work.” And this, is indeed, another big win for the Steam Deck and Linux communities. Because, Halo: MCC has Easy Anti-Cheat, which is used by many other games that currently unsupported on Linux and Steam Deck; like Fortnite, Rust and Hell Let Loose.