Halo Reach on a very low end PC? Easier than you think!

This video is brought to you by CuriosityStream,
which know comes with a little surprise called Nebula. There are very few modern shooter franchises
with the impact of Halo. The only problem is that it is mostly a console
franchise until now. We got a heck of
a present in the form of a PC port of Halo: Reach, part of the Master Chief Collection
which promises to release almost every mainline Halo game on PC for glorious mouse and keyboard
gameplay. That, of course, tickled my curiosity. Most console exclusive ports running some
custom engine tend to be a bit of a hit or miss when ported on PC and this game has one
graphical option. Yes, you heard me right… one. It goes from performance, Original and Enhanced. What really got me was that it has surprisingly
low minimum requirements. Could the game be forced to go under the performance
option for better FPS on integrated graphics? Now figuring out which engine this game uses
has been a bit of a mystery. The game is reported to use Unreal Engine
4 but only on the front end UI and progression system so I initially thought there was no
use in anything I knew about unreal. LowSpecGamer discord community member fork
proved me wrong when he discovered the game creates configuration files in one
of the default locations for unreal engines That is in app data, local low, MCC, Halo Reach
as I am showing on the screen. In the master gameusersettings configuration
file that I am so used to seeing in Unreal Engine 4 games, there is a new set of lines
that I had not seen before. Turns out these control the draw distance
system of the game, where after a certain distance a low detail version of the object
is loaded and longer after that the object is just not rendered and we can manipulate
that to our advantage by modifying the value of Scaleval on these lines. Setting the values to 0 just revert to the
default, but settings it to a very low value like 0.001 works and can easily be achieved
with a simple replace operation in notepad or notepad++. If you want to revert this to default values
you can do the same or just delete the file and the game will recreate it next time you
launch. However, you will notice its effects, particularly
in environmental elements like rocks or threes. Interestingly enough the effect is not applied
on characters or enemies, but mostly to environments. The effect this has on performance is remarkable. I ran most of my testing on my personal laptop
the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro and forced the game to use the integrated IntelHD graphics
included on the i5. On a still scene without combat, I was able
to get over 30 FPS on 720p on the regular performance settings, and with the tweaked
draw distance settings, it can often get over 50 on the exact same scene. I felt bold enough to give it a try on the
much weaker Lattepanda Alpha which I received recently and that comes equipped with a much
weaker m3 CPU and a more thermally constricted IntelHD 615. The fact that I was able to get anything remotely
playable at 720 on a combat scenario is pretty impressive, although I quickly I realized that these settings
have a major issue which is that the rendering distance of enemies makes firefights very
difficult. Thankfully this is controlled by the section
labelled as ObjectFadeModifer so reverting those scalevalues to 1 brings back the
full draw distance which of course means less performance but a playable game. Under these usable settings, I returned to
the Intel HD 620 and saw manageable framerate even during combat, not a bad result at all. However it is not hard to argue that a huge
part of the core halo experience is its chaotic multiplayer, so I wondered if this PC would
keep it together using those tweaks in a variety of multiplayer modes. I needed to assistance of veteran Halo player
so I enlisted the help of my friend TierZoo. If you have not heard of TierZoo before
he uses gaming terminology and language to talk about Nature, the world’s most complex
videogame. It’s one of the best genre mashups I have
ever seen on YouTube. Also, he played a lot of Halo back in the
day so I asked him to help me a stress test this config to the max. Alex: *laugh* I’m riding with them, I didn’t know
this was possible. Tierzoo: Oh, did you get on the passanger
seat? Oh, I see you! T: Oh, you beat the driver, alright. I’m gonna go into the driver’s seat. A: I’m already having a great time, this is
fantastic. T: He’s still alive. A: Oh god. T: YEAH Yeah, nice. A: Not anymore! T: Yeah. He’s out of there. T: It is time to crash A: DIE ALREADY T: You got him, right? Yeah! Yeah, nice. Alright. Alright, we gotta bail… no. *Both laugh* One thing that I definitely had to watch out
for is that the game does a lot of background loading in the first 30 seconds or so of a
match. This means that if you are in a mode that
is particularly CPU heavy right at the start of a match you might get some occasionally
crashing issues T: Dino Blasters… I don’t know what mode this is. A: Ohh! I can fly! T: We got infinite jetpack and can concussion rifle… A: I think my game just crashed. Yeah, no, ok. It’s crashing again, no, wait. T: Alright, I thought so. A: I broke something, I don’t know
what it did but it’s really causing trouble T: Oh, there you are! Oh, I got ya. Double kill, let’s go. T: Ah, Doom Ball… I don’t know what this is. “The ball randomly explodes”! Ok, great. *Laughs* *Laughs in noob* A: So far, so good. Got him! Ah! Oh no, oh no this is terrible. T: Come here! A: Why do I walk so slowly? T: Yeah, you run slower with that. A: Oh, I’m gonna get the ball, gonna get the
ball! This is terrible! Help! Ok- it exploded! It killed me! T: The ball randomly explodes, you know that. A: That’s so unfair. T: You killed me! Darn it. A: That was some expectacular kill. T: Nice shot A: *Screams in Noob* T: Gotcha! T: Come here! A: How does the hammer not kill you? A: Ok, now I think I am getting the grasp of the sword T: Good. Duel me. It is time to see what you got. Did you just fall off the map? A: Oh no! T: Oh, they hit us with the plasma pistol. A: No, die, die, get off my ship. T: Get em! Excelent. A: Immediately. T: Almost there. A: C’mon! T: Getting off, getting off. I’m gone. I got the flag! T: OH NO. NO. SORRY. That’s the wrong button! *Laughs* We had it. A: *Laughs* Get in T: No, I’m not getting in that thing, are you kidding
me?! It’s falling apart! alright, alright. *Immediate regret* I told you! *Laughs* I had no idea this game could be so insanely
fun when played with friends. I had a great time and hopefully with some
of these tweaks so can you. Now if you love seeing independent creators
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there are already some really good original experiments there. Our very own TierZoo recently made his first
Nebula Original, Let’s Play Outside, where he goes through a playthrough using a
dinosaur build. It’s so fun. If you are interested in giving Nebula a try
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  • Zorklis

    You are saying HALO wrong! it's not holo

  • Loud GaLaXiEzz

    Yes, finally I have been waiting for this.

  • felipe manuel

    yo me la HALO

  • Dondlo

    I saw video and i was excited,then i saw that it needs 8 gb ram,i have 4,then i killed myself


    disliked because you said hallow

  • Berk

    Isn’t it already lowest lol

  • sand0decker

    Thank you, I was hoping you would post this

  • GamerJamesYT

    You know blah blah blah I don't even watch his videos for the video I just watch them because of his voice

  • cotswold_aquatics

    He is funny guy and good review

  • J T

    Modern Warfare when?

  • Ragdoll Productions Fan 2005


  • Moises Cortez

    Hallow reach is my favorite

  • Jesper Andersen

    2 guys, a few beers and an old game 😀 sure sounded like someone was having fun hahah

  • EdWard Play's

    Halo reach Xbox 360 game that run with UE4?

    Only on this pc Port right? Really strange…

  • Moises Cortez

    Very low end pcs, tests on 600-800 dollar laptops

  • gary tallowin

    No AMD APU love 🙁

    …just kidding, thinking they will have NO problems running this which is why you had to set your sights much lower spec

  • jfkenshima

    Pls hearts of iron 4

  • Waxi Boi

    Just like 9 years ago~

  • D C

    Thanks for this video, I was looking forward to a Reach video. I didn't find those settings you identified, I will have to try out altering them. I did run the game on my laptop with integrated graphics, just with the resolution scaling set to the lowest (which is 25%). And it ran, but I noticed that CPU usage was incredibly high (and it seems the case in some parts of your video too, see at 1:54, the CPU is pinned at 100% on all cores). And this gave me much higher temperatures than I'm comfortable with, sometimes over 100C (my Intel chip is about 5 years old now and the maximum temperature used to be 105C – on newer Intel chips it's 100C).
    And this amazed me really. I thought that the challenge of running any game on a laptop with integrated graphics would be the GPU, not the CPU. And yet I was seeing GPU usage (in Task Manager) of maybe 65%, with resolution scaling at 25%, while the CPU was often at 95 – 100%.
    I will try the settings you've suggested in this video, but I don't think this game is really playable on my laptop unless I can get that CPU usage down somehow. I mean it is already technically playable on my laptop but the temperatures are so high that I worry about damage, which can happen if running at such high temperatures for long periods of time.

  • Gas Mask

    If you have to play this so low you can't even get it to look like the console version I feel bad for you lmao

  • ayoub /MA

    plzzzzzzz do one for rb6

  • sahsa mefist

    need test with atlon ))

  • Blunt Boi

    Can you do Detroit become human?

  • Adam

    I say Haylow and you say Hallow

  • Andrew M.

    The Xbox 360 is basically a uhd 620 quality gaming.


    bruh it's "jeilo", not "jalo", c'mon bruh, i know you a spainiard but this ain't difficult.

  • Samuel-Alexander Couchman

    Could you do a video on Ghost Recon Breakpoint ?

  • rafael

    so, all i have to do is to swap the original file by the one in the description?

  • SpaceFox

    Does Intel HD Graphics 3000 still count as a "very low end PC" or is it in the "don't even bother anymore" category?

  • TheJooomes

    You've finally experienced the joy of playing Halo with friends. We used to bring our laptops to school and play Combat Evolved in class, such fun.

  • gary tallowin

    My Watercooled 3900x, 64GB of ram, Watercooled RTX 2080 and nvme ssd run this game just fine 😛

  • Hey Elisma ! - Tibia 2019

    La version de Windows store me da 100% uso del CPU y 46% De la GPU
    Mis componentes : Monitor 1600×900 60hz
    Gpu : GTX 1050 Cerberus 2gb
    CPU : AMD A10 9700
    RAM 8gb 2400hz (dual chanel )

    El juego me da tirones y tirones aveces apenas y llega a 30 fps

  • Astra Lee

    If you set the game to full screen, there is also a resolution scaler added to the graphics settings. It can go all the way down to 25%


    i love jalo

  • Jay P

    I've been playing this on my Lenovo laptop (Ryzen 2500u with Vega 8) thanks to being included in the Xbox game pass ultimate. It plays quite well on my modest spec, am looking forward to the rest.

  • Ryan Adena

    My two fav tubers lol

    Tierzoo and lowspec

  • User

    It's a ten year old game…

  • Nicholas Smith

    I guess we're never going to get a LowSpecGamer Modern Warfare video are we 🙁

  • Penguinlover 2k19

    arsenal is looking for a replacement for unai emery say good ebening and you´re hired


    the improvement only on effects?

  • Oh My

    Damm halo reach is less demending
    than i thought.I can play with 1070
    with 100fps+ almost all time at 1080p

  • acepedro12

    I mean, it is a ten year old game. Remaster or not, the low system requirements shouldn't be that surprising.

  • R K

    How are people shocked the min spec lists gts 450 for 1080p low a card which the 2200 g and 2400 apu destroys in gaming

  • Saba Gvasalia

    When Halo Reach Released On Original Xbox

  • Wagee

    Can you do Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice next, it won goty so a lot of people are gonna want to play it

  • Ali Osman

    Thank you I can finally play


    Cries in 4gb of ram

  • Fanuel Hodaviah

    You sound like BikiniBodhi now.

  • Milton Ng

    Take a shot every time he says "hello"

  • PKM101

    I was waiting for this, I wanna run it on an old Surface.

  • Individu λambda

    Tier zoo makes me very uncomfortable, I know things are supposed to work like that, but that specific coat of paint gives me existential dread.

  • Gurkirat Singh

    0:52 Happiness noises when you see your cpu mentioned

  • Alles Är Fint

    The graphics give me a lot of Halo 2 vibes

  • m1kel0n

    Jálo Rich

  • Bodybody

    I thought you was playing halo ce

  • Rusenshi

    0:38 YOU HAVE UN0000O!!! NOOO!!! YOU HAVE UNOOOOOOOOO!!! this part remember me that meme xd

  • Viczy Game 1GB

    lowspecgamer cuisine royale

  • Ryan Malin

    im looking forward to playing this but I am too busy playing Boneworks for now. Eventually Ill get to it, after I 100% Stormland. But before that day I have about 10 other VR titles to run through. VR got me hooked.

  • RayNyKo

    Darksiders genesis pls

  • supreem ss

    2019- how to disable shadows for fps boost
    2029-how to disable ray tracing for fps boost

  • Pedro's Gameplay

    League of legends 2020 plsssss

  • FriedSyrup

    Can you break Spellbreak's graphics next?

  • Gabriel Isa

    Is it possible for it to still work on a direct x 10.1

  • morris lee

    2:37 hey that's just how Xbox 360 runs the game, the most authenticity way to play Halo reach

  • Kid Fury

    This is nothing we want you to really go over the minimum requirements with an Intel Celeron N3500 or N4000 with intergrated graphics

  • Shahzaib Aq

    Hey does your apex optimisation works now or its outdated

  • Gaming York

    How can you guys buy so many games?
    My 80% of library on the steam is demos!

  • GamtBOY

    Hoping to see you reach 1 million soon

  • Psycho Ryder

    I’m stuck on a Steam machine (not by choice) and I can confirm for anyone who always was cursed with a steam machine they can 100% play this without any problems.

  • 00felixb

    Haylo not haaloo

  • Willpower


  • GraveUypo

    i like that gamepads are BETTER than keyboard and mouse in this game. it's made to be a gamepad game and i feared mouse would ruin the experience, but i completely destroyed my keyboard and mouse friend using a gamepad. to the point he quit the match prematurely and will probably never play the game again (like he always does when he loses badly to me in any new game. push the blame into something else — in this case the internet connection — and then turn tail forever. what a sore loser)

  • GraveUypo

    this is a xbox360 game. i hardly think any computer today needs to downgrade it further to run it.
    [edit] welp, i stand corrected. damn, intel graphics are so crap.

  • SuperSoakedFanny

    Repeat after me: "Hey – Lo"

    That is how it's pronounced bro! 🙂

  • LastDemonAlive

    Descargate Atom, deja de torturarse con notepad++

  • yorman steven lopez florez

    Thanks! jajaja

  • Future Exalt

    the GTS 450, launched in 2010, is considered the absolute minimum for Reach.

    i haven't started the video yet, because i live in absolute fear of seeing you make Reach run on a potato battery.

  • Geode

    Would be cool if you had looked into some of the other options.

  • DJDerpz

    laughs in noob

  • VipPlayin

    its HEY-LO not HA-LO

  • AngelofDeth


  • nx lemlikchi

    Can you show US how too boost FPS in warface plz

  • Zeki Kah

    Just wondering, but how does this effect the anti-cheat? I once tried changing values in the default settings file, but got a message in game about a file that wasn't correct

  • فریبا سعیدی

    This game does not run on phenom amd cpu

  • killumati 999

    this channel is a masterpiece, this channel should be a standard on how low the games can go, to make the games more widely accessible to different machines, now imagine these tweaks optimized by the very developer who has access to more resources on the game, thats what think, games need to be able to go very ultra high but also very ultra low, even if its funny, this ensure more sales to even low end consumers, meaning more money to the owners and devs

  • Garry

    Why would anyone even do this? An Xbox 360 costs less then $10 on Craigslist or kijiji? and Halo reach is less then a dollar on disk

  • Arma Dipa

    injustice 2?

  • W.2026

    Didn't even know halo reach was on pc too. I feel stupid.

  • mauro conti

    Hey its an 2010 game from 360. Its no Crysis or GTA V. Should be running easily on any discrete computer. If its not, its just very lazy optimization

  • Ok ok

    Hotline miami 2

  • Max Felix

    Pero si se supone que lo puede correr hasta una papa

  • Spartan Studios

    all halo games before infinite run on bungie's in hous Blam engine.

  • Enmanuel David Silva Semprun

    please do for the next video how to improve the frame rate of the game called Albion online

  • Nathaniel Feldman

    I play at 1080p 60gps max settings with no graphics card on my ryzen 3200g.

  • Call Me Chris

    reasons to buy cuckbox: none

  • DeathMedic

    Halo 1 was on pc…

  • Yui_chan298

    But I don't have friends!
    What do I do?

  • Zotac 1060 6GB

    Now this is Original Halo Reach on Xbox 360

  • MatsuiHaruko

    Can u make squad pls i really wanna play

  • the7observer

    Can you view Destiny 2 PC settings again? I'm not sure if the game settings changed when migrated to Steam


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