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Is Halo 4 with Microsoft Surface just a gimmick?

We have some good news for those of you planning to pick up Halo 4 at the end of the year. Microsoft has revealed that the next entry in the successful Halo franchise will feature some added functionality with the company’s recently unveiled Surface tablet.

The game is due to be released on November 6, while the Microsoft Surface tablet should be available around the same time, although October has been suggested as a likely release period once Windows 8 becomes available.

The Wii U is obviously attracting all of the headlines for being able to combine television gaming with a standalone tablet, but are Microsoft planning to ruin Nintendo’s parade by making this possible on existing Xbox 360 hardware? It certainly would be an interesting bonus being able to interact with Master Chief on a smaller display, but it remains to be seen just what kind of functionality the surface will offer for the time being.

Some of you may feel that this is a little bit of a gimmick though and not needed for Halo 4. A controller and TV will be adequate for most Xbox 360 owners, but is this just a attempt by Microsoft to say to Nintendo that we can essentially do the same thing as well?

The Wii U is due out around the same time don’t forget, so it will be interesting to see what Reggie Fils-Aime thinks of Don Mattrick’s statement to VentureBeat. Are you really excited about the idea of setting up your Halo 4 multiplayer classes on a tablet, or not so much? Give us your thoughts on this.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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It is a good idea maybe for new younger players,for us who have played  older Halo games i don’t think it will be necessary.


I think this is a pretty good way to sell surface tablets. I was afraid this wouldn’t be a very good tablet for gaming.  But its a great way to get surface off the shelves. 

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