Halo 5: Guardians1 is the first new game in the long-running first-person shooter franchise to be built specifically for Microsoft s Xbox One entertainment console. As one might assume from that fact, it s sprawling. It showcases everything that the Xbox One and Xbox Live can do.
Xbox Live Cloud Compute powers the team of Spartans that you traverse the game s story with. Xbox Live manages lightning fast matchmaking so that up to 24 users can start playing the game s Warzone multiplayer immediately.
Halo 5 release day is finally here. Forget everything you ve heard about the game, everything thing you ve seen about its features. You can experience it all for yourself. At least you can if everything on Microsoft s end is working as it should. Users who picked up the game last night are reporting some Halo 5 problems. As of yet, none of them seem serious.
Halo 5 Problems: Halo Waypoint Issues
Halo Waypoint3 is the one site for everything Halo. There s series lore there, plus video content. Halo 5: Guardians uses the website to act as a companion away from the game. It sports all kinds of kill statistics and even a character customizer. Early this morning the site went down.
As such, users couldn t check their stats or open their REQ packs and REQ Bundles while their version of the game was downloading. Right now, the site is mostly up, but having some trouble with stability. If you find yourself unable to connect to Halo Waypoint over the coming days and weeks, head into the game itself to open up your REQ Bundles and Packs. Theoretically, this is only an issue because of launch day traffic. By tomorrow, the issue should be ironed out, we expect.
Halo 5 Problems: Play Before the Download is Finished
Normally, the Xbox One allows you to start playing a game before it finishes downloading. Since modern games can be huge, the idea is to make digital games purchases almost as easy as buying a disc in a store. Problem is, developers have to build support for this into their games. It appears that Halo 5: Guardians doesn t support the feature. Unfortunately, if this is one of those Halo 5 problems that doesn t have an immediate fix. Theoretically, 343 Industries simply didn t build the game in a way that would allow users to begin its campaign before the rest of the game has finished downloading. You ll need to wait for Halo 5: Guardians to finish downloading if you purchased digitally.
That could take a bit, the download is roughly 40GB. That s before any patches or updates. To be clear, disc buyers only need to install the game on their system.
Halo 5 Problems: Redeem REQ Packs Online
Don t feel like typing in the code for your REQ Pack or REQ Bundle? If for any reason the game itself gets overloaded, try redeeming on Halo Waypoint.
Halo 5 Problems: Can t Get to Multiplayer Yet
Some users report not being able to access Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer just yet. That s because they need the release day update that 343 Industries began letting users download on Friday. This 9GB update provides the content you need for multiplayer. If you leave the Always Connected power mode enabled on your console, this update will download in the background quietly.
To turn this feature own, go to your console s Settings app. Look for the Power & Start Up area.
Halo 5 Problems: Slow Download Speeds
Between the game itself and the rather large update, some say that their list of Halo 5: Guardians problems includes not being able to get the game download itself running reliably. That makes sense, this is a large game after all. To help speed things up, try downloading Halo 5: Guardians to your console with the Ethernet port connected directly to your router. This gets around Wi-Fi s sometimes slow download speeds and rules out issues with your network. Really, this is the only thing you can do. Halo 5: Guardians downloads should speed up over the week.
Halo 5 Problems: Xbox One Out of Space
Some Halo 5: Guardians players are finding that their system reports they re out of storage after they ve installed the game. This keeps them from installing the update that s required to play multiplayer. If your console really is out of space, you ll need to clear something off it to make room for the update. If you already have the game installed and an external hard drive, try moving the game off the hard drive in your Xbox One and too the external drive. To do this select the game in the My Games & Apps are and press the menu button on your controller to Manage the game. Move the game to your external drive.
Then start the update process again.
Halo 5 Problems: Game Installation
There is a growing thread on Halo Waypoint s Forums detailing some issues users are having with getting the game installed.
Anyone get an install prompt? I downloaded the game and the patch when they went up.
12:01 hits and it s giving me an install prompt.
21 minutes layers I m just now at 29%. I have over 160 games across my drives and I ve never seen this happen before, says one user. Some users report that restarting their console fixed the issue. Others say that they re being forced to download the 9GB update to enable multiplayer again. Still, others are told do the entire update again.
343 Industries is still investigating this problem, it seems.
Good luck with Halo 5 release day. Most believe it ll be the biggest launch in Xbox One s existence thus far. Certainly, other Halo 5 problems could crop up. If they do, we ll at them to this list.