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Halo 4 Will Have Microsoft Surface Support

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 16 comments

Halo 4 will have dual-screen support with Microsoft Surface.

Yesterday, at Venturebeat's GamesBeat 2012, Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick announced that Halo 4 would support the new Surface tablet.

Sadly, that's all Mattrick had to say on the matter. He didn't specify how the game would support the Surface, but we think it's a safe bet that it has something to do with Xbox Smartglass, which was announced at E3 this year.

Microsoft trotted out SmartGlass as its competitor against Nintendo's Wii U's dual-screen functionality. With SmartGlass, Xbox users could link whatever was going on, on their Xbox to their tablet.

Stay tuned. We'll give you more on Halo 4 and Microsoft Surface whenever more information is available.

Halo 4 will be hitting Xbox 360 on November 6, 2012.

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    djscribbles , July 12, 2012 1:20 AM
    JaquithOh crap I broke the glass!


    I dare say you are barely scratching the surface...
    /lol/
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    thefiend1 , July 12, 2012 12:22 AM
    Meh, not really interested in using a tablet in conjunction with playing games. Im not sure I would ever consider using that combination - no matter what the consol.
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    itchyisvegeta , July 12, 2012 12:46 AM
    If this is done right, they could do some amazing things. I think Mouse and Keyboard support option for games, even though a console, would be a huge plus. If Mario Paint can do it, the 360 can.
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    jaquith , July 12, 2012 12:51 AM
    Oh crap I broke the glass!
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    joytech22 , July 12, 2012 12:54 AM
    Hmm not sure what to make of this.

    I would have jumped with joy if they said Halo 4 was supported on Windows.
    Not if they pulled the same sh** they did with Halo 2 and Vista though.
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    djscribbles , July 12, 2012 1:20 AM
    JaquithOh crap I broke the glass!


    I dare say you are barely scratching the surface...
    /lol/
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    bison88 , July 12, 2012 1:22 AM
    Since both the X-Box and Surface are Microsoft products themselves and not some third-party device that uses there technology, it has a tremendous ability to do things that consoles have lacked, as itchyisvegeta said, if done right.
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    blackjackcf , July 12, 2012 1:46 AM
    thefiend1Meh, not really interested in using a tablet in conjunction with playing games. Im not sure I would ever consider using that combination - no matter what the consol.


    I'm actually interested in how Microsoft expects me to be able to hold a gamepad and a tablet at the same time. :p 

    - Catherine Cai
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    Camikazi , July 12, 2012 2:10 AM
    blackjackcfI'm actually interested in how Microsoft expects me to be able to hold a gamepad and a tablet at the same time. - Catherine Cai

    Well that little stand in the picture seems very useful for that purpose.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 12, 2012 4:36 AM
    Microsoft seems to have a trend here. Every other release sucks. Windows 6 and 8, Halo 2, and now maybe Halo 4? I don't know if I like the sound of Surface support for Halo 4. Might be a bit much for a classic.
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    Shin-san , July 12, 2012 4:38 AM
    That's the kind of crap I hated when Sony added PSP features to the PS3 and Nintendo did Gameboy features with the GC
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    s3anister , July 12, 2012 6:12 AM
    JOSHSKORNMicrosoft seems to have a trend here. Every other release sucks. Windows 6 and 8, Halo 2, and now maybe Halo 4? I don't know if I like the sound of Surface support for Halo 4. Might be a bit much for a classic.

    What are you talking about? Halo 2 was mediocre, however, both Halo 3 and Reach were excellent games with ODST being decent. As for Vista... that's a whole different story.
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    SteelCity1981 , July 12, 2012 6:27 AM
    halo 2 was like watching more of a movie then playing an actual game.
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2012 11:52 AM
    Because nothing says "revitalize an utterly whored-out franchise" like requiring an $800 tablet to get the full experience...
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    ojas , July 12, 2012 3:13 PM
    hmmm....will MS release halo for win 8 on the PC to sell the OS?
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    snowzsan , July 12, 2012 10:14 PM
    LOL Calm down, it's a gimmick. I don't understand why everyone's getting bent out of shape. I highly doubt the integration of the Surface is going to be a game changer. Probably just a way of tracking live stats and what not, kinda like a live scoreboard or something of the like, and if they integrate it a bit more, you'll be able to select your next "class" in multiplayer before you respawn with racing with the respawn countdown timer. Push it a bit further, and it'll provide live in-game radar.

    Remember when they announced MASS EFFECT 3 had kinect support? People were saying the same thing as you, and look. It actually turned out great and nothing like the abomination people were describing.

    Try it before you knock it. Speculation is usually garbage opinions.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , July 13, 2012 6:03 PM
    Yeah, cause I want to play Halo on a tablet.