Halo Reach is now available to download and play on Steam, and its arrival on the platform has been a huge success in regard to numbers thanks to it becoming a most-played game on launch day. Yet, while a lot of people are playing it, numerous members of the community are vocally complaining about a plethora of audio issues such as it crackling.
The port for Halo Reach is said to be mostly fantastic thanks to its extensive array of maps at launch, but fans are saying that the audio issues are making it neigh on impossible to play. In response to the overwhelming amount of shrieking online, 343 Industries have provided an explanation as well as promised that they will deliver a fix.
However, there's no telling when this much-clamoured for fix will arrive.
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How to fix Halo Reach audio issues on PC
There's no fix for the Halo Reach audio issues on PC.
343 Industries will provide a fix sometime in the future, but they haven't shared an estimated date as it will apparently "take some time" to deliver.
In a Halo Waypoint blog post, 343 Industries have provided an explanation as to why there are so many audio issues.
"To update Halo: Reach for Xbox One and PC required entirely changing the encoding for the game’s audio, which has resulted in it sounding different from the original release."
"We are aware that areas of the title don’t sound like what you or we ideally want them to."
As for a fix, 343 Industries have said that it "will take some time to work through solutions to improve the overall experience for audio, and that work is already underway".
According to several posts across social media platforms such as Reddit and forums on Steam, the most pressing issues with the audio appear to be crackling noises and popping.
But, to make matters worse, in addition to the "terrible audio," players have also been complaining about horrible motion blur and stuttering.
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Aside from the audio issues I mentioned, Halo Reach is actually immensely fun to play on PC. I didn't grow up with Xbox, so I don't particularly have the same nostalgia for Halo others have- although I can absolutely see why this series is so fondly looked upon by its fanbase.— Unidentified Cryptid Dogthing (@ThePinkRathian) December 5, 2019
Halo Reach audio issues
Below you can find some tweets from people reporting about the audio issues with Halo Reach on PC.
For those of you who don't understand the audio issues some of us playing Reach are experiencing.....well prepare your ears. This right here, makes the game completely unplayable. #HaloReach pic.twitter.com/qL849fzq9j— Snowman (@Supersnow15) December 5, 2019
Damn, Halo Reach on PC has some major audio issues, unplayable until they get that patched. Gun fire sounds like I'm under water, and the audio doesn't sync to visuals. Which is too bad because the visual and playing with a mouse and keyboard feels great!#Halo #HaloMCC #HaloPC— KhaosKeith (@khaos_keith) December 4, 2019
Anyone else having really bad audio issues with #HaloReach on PC? I can’t hear half the dialog cause it sounds like they are far away— VengefulAmoeba (@VengefulAmoeba) December 4, 2019
Halo Reach on PC is CRAP. Audio issues with sfx on guns are broken and sound mono with other sounds delays and sound levels all over the place. Graphics options is just a preset with no customisation. Devs known about the issues, then why release a broken product. FIX IT FFS.— (っ◔◡◔)っ ᕲᘿᖇ (@TheRealDerpDerp) December 4, 2019
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