It has been a few years since Halo 5: Guardians was released and with the announcement of Halo Infinite at E3 2018 it’s safe to say that Halo 5 has probably not been on the minds of many people. However, a simple box art change for Halo 5 has propelled the game back into the spotlight.
The change that is raising hype around the internet is a small change to the banner that says “Only on Xbox One”.
That banner has now been changed to say “Xbox One Console Exclusive”.
The new box art comes from the Amazon listing on which the new version is clearly visible. What makes this change significant is that it hints at a potential port of the game to PC. Saying that the game is an Xbox One Console Exclusive means that the Xbox One is the only console on which the game can be played.
Obviously, this is all speculation and nothing has yet been confirmed, however, it’s not just a weak theory based on a slight change to a banner. There are other games that feature the “Xbox One Console Exclusive” banner that have been released both for Xbox and for PC, such as Quantum Break.
Microsoft has not confirmed anything yet but it would be pretty significant if Halo 5 would be ported to the PC. That would mark the first proper release of a Halo game on PC in 11 years. The last time a Halo game was ported was Halo 2 for Windows Vista in 2007.
Considering the large audience for shooter games on PC, it’s safe to say that Halo 5 would probably do quite well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft and Bungie want to test the waters for Halo on the PC, and if successful, potentially release Halo Infinite on the PC as well.
However, nothing is official yet so we will just have to wait for an official announcement by Microsoft before we generate too much hype for a Halo 5 PC release. If you do want to play Halo 5 right now your only option will be the Xbox One and Xbox One X.