Digital Foundry dissects Halo: Reach beta

Sunday, 2nd May 2010 13:05 GMT By Joe Anderson


Digital Foundry‘s pulled the Halo: Reach beta to bits on a technical level.

The tech specialist’s analysis shows the game runs with 720 progressive lines of resolution. However, the horizontal resolution is slightly cut down, giving native rendering at 1152×720.

Frame-rate runs at a steady 30fps, only occasionally dipping below.

There’s occasional screen tear and “some odd form of 2x temporal anti-aliasing,” which results in images being blurred together and some objects on-screen not always appearing as solid as they might.

Overall, though, the site seems quite impressed by the multiplayer test, saying that “it’s clear to see that in just about every regard Halo: Reach has seen substantial tech upgrades compared to the old Halo 3 engine.”

Halo Reach is due for release, exclusively to Xbox 360, later this year. The beta starts tomorrow.



  1. Erthazus

    I’m absolutely wrong about the statement that Bungie now know how to create Next Generation Game.

    I think they use the same Halo 3 engine, just with few upgrades. Halo:Reach beta videos on GameTrailers showed slightly better textures then Halo 3 + they licensed Speed Tree engine and more shaders with few new outdated effects. Thats just …

    #1 5 years ago
  2. mescalineeyes

    Tip o’ the antlers to Mr Leadbetter.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ReeceHeywood

    I noticed the frame-blending very much, can be slightly off putting.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Maximum Unreal

    Bad Company 2 Multiplayer have best graphic on console

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Its definitely one of the best looking multiplat games though.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4 @5 Bad Company 2? Well, i was not so impressed by console version because of shitty textures and shadows, but for the PC version Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the best looking multiplayer/warfare game on PC to date. HBAO, VSYNC and with 16x CSAA looks absolutely incredible.

    I’m not counting Crysis.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Tallon 4

    I’ll give it a go tommorow. I think I will not notice it ingame.
    MP BFBC 2 is impressive indeed. SP graphics are quite disappointing imo….at least compared to MP.

    #7 5 years ago

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