Following the surprise early launch of Halo Infinite multiplayer mode on 15th November, players were delighted to enjoy the latest iteration of the highly acclaimed shooter franchise. However, a week later, the developers 343 Industries were hit with tremendous backlash from players amid a plague of cheaters ruining the game on PC.
Accordingly, many Halo Infinite console players have called on 343 Industries to take action against the rampant cheating in the PC version of the shooter game. In particular, console players request that they can disable crossplay to restore some semblance of normality to their games.
Halo Infinite console players opt-out of crossplay due to cheating
On 26th November, a Twitter user with the handle "Jcb Response" exposed a cheater using an aimbot and requested that the developers let them "turn off crossplay" until the developers can "get an actual anti-cheat implemented."
@343Postums@Unyshek Just matched another cheater/hacker in Halo Infinite. Guy’s gamertag is EUGENEYY on Xbox. Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented. pic.twitter.com/G9hwahtBRK— Response (@jcb_response) November 26, 2021
According to the Twitter user, the hacker, whose Xbox in-game tag was "Eugeneyy", used an aimbot or ESP wallhack to gain an unfair advantage in the game. Indeed, this instance of cheating was not the first time that Jcb Response encountered a cheater.
Another video of the aimbotter: pic.twitter.com/txw0SFJ8GC— Response (@jcb_response) November 26, 2021
Several other reports of cheating have also cropped up on Reddit and Twitter; therefore, Jcb Response is certainly not alone. For example, on 24th November, 100 Thieves co-owner Jack "CouRage" Dunlop tweeted that he faced his first cheater in a Halo Infinite ranked match.
Just faced my first cheater in Halo: Infinite ranked.— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 24, 2021
Some players have attempted to ameliorate the situation by enabling strict controller matchmaking in ranked solo or duos; however, this does not stop cheaters from ruining their game.
Of course, there are several other ways in which players can cheat in Halo Infinite. For example, they could use controller mods and plugins or purchase hacks like aimbots or wallhacks from third-party cheat providers.
While it's certainly possible to install cheats on consoles, it is remarkably more challenging to do so than on PC. Given this, having an option to opt-out of crossplay could be a temporary solution for console players to avoid cheating in their Halo Infinite games.
However, despite this potential solution, it is merely a bandaid over a much larger, profound issue. Therefore, the developers need to adapt their anti-cheat to rid cheaters and hackers from the game.
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