In-depth at E3: Without any work, Halo 4 on Xbox One is like “switching from DVD to Blu Ray on a really nice TV” compared to 360

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At a special Halo information session held at E3 today, 343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub retold a story from Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, who described Halo 4 on Xbox One as “looking like it did when you started switching from DVD to Blu Ray on a really nice TV.”

Ayoub recounted the story when describing the work 343 was doing on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While retouching is being performed on Halo 4 as part of the Xbox One bundle, Ayoub said the game instantly looked better without any work, simply due to the late development of Halo 4 in the Xbox 360’s lifecycle alongside the power of the Xbox One itself.

Both Halo 3 and Halo 4 would be getting retouches as part of The Master Chief Collection, while Halo 2 will be getting the same type of Anniversary treatment given to Halo: Combat Evolved on Xbox 360. Halo 2: Anniversary will let gamers hit the options button to toggle between Bungie’s original graphics and the new, HD Anniversary ones. Cutscenes are also being done by Blur, and from what we saw today, look absolutely amazing.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available on Xbox One this holiday season.