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Xbox one X System Link Halo 3

OP BozTech

Hey guys.
So basically since halo came out a group of us religiously get together and play system ink. These days we only play Halo 3 on the 360, however when there are 8 of us playing we get a lot of lag in some maps... too much -Yoink- going on i guess. My question is, will the new Xbox One X be able to play halo 3 system link and if yes, if we got these new xboxs will the lag go away!

This is my first post so sorry if iv'e put it in the wrong area. Thanks fellas
BozTech wrote:
Hey guys.
So basically since halo came out a group of us religiously get together and play system ink. These days we only play Halo 3 on the 360, however when there are 8 of us playing we get a lot of lag in some maps... too much -Yoink- going on i guess. My question is, will the new Xbox One X be able to play halo 3 system link and if yes, if we got these new xboxs will the lag go away!

This is my first post so sorry if iv'e put it in the wrong area. Thanks fellas
I have a One X and two copies of Halo 3 and my 360. I will run a test later today for you on the One X, 360 and even the original One and report back.

Halo 3 has received One X specific enhancements which include native 4K resolution (not confirmed yet but DF believes so), HDR and massively improved textures. FPS is still 30 but these slowdowns you speak of may not happen as much on the One.
MadPolarBear94 Legend! Im not really savvy in the tech world so not sure what that all meant but i love the passion and your effort mate! greatly appreciate it. looking forward to your word.
BozTech wrote:
Hey guys.
So basically since halo came out a group of us religiously get together and play system ink. These days we only play Halo 3 on the 360, however when there are 8 of us playing we get a lot of lag in some maps... too much -Yoink- going on i guess. My question is, will the new Xbox One X be able to play halo 3 system link and if yes, if we got these new xboxs will the lag go away!

This is my first post so sorry if iv'e put it in the wrong area. Thanks fellas
I have a One X and two copies of Halo 3 and my 360. I will run a test later today for you on the One X, 360 and even the original One and report back.

Halo 3 has received One X specific enhancements which include native 4K resolution (not confirmed yet but DF believes so), HDR and massively improved textures. FPS is still 30 but these slowdowns you speak of may not happen as much on the One.
I believe the are putting the resolution to near 1080p.
BozTech wrote:
MadPolarBear94 Legend! Im not really savvy in the tech world so not sure what that all meant but i love the passion and your effort mate! greatly appreciate it. looking forward to your word.
I'm back with the tests. I'll try to keep it as simple as I can. Below is the tests showing you how it was setup, what worked and what didn't:

*Disclaimer*

I was unable to test Xbox 360 over Wifi as I only have the launch Xbox 360 model, which had no Wifi. I was unable to test the Xbox One S as I do not own one but I make the assumption the One S will perform the same as the other Xbox One models. I was also unable to test more than 2 Xbox consoles at a time due to only having 2 copies of Halo 3. I make the assumption that multiple consoles will work based on the results below.

Consoles used:

Xbox 360 (Launch model, 20GB, No Wifi)
Xbox One (Launch model)
Xbox One X (Launch model at the time of this post)

Before you start:

- Ensure Halo 3 is up to date (connect to Xbox Live, download update, XBL Gold not required). Latest version is 1.2, if you get no update it should say 1.2 below the menu options
- Digital Halo 3 WILL work on 360/One. For the Xbox One if you are using digital, make sure the Xbox is set as the HOME Xbox in your settings. This allows you to launch digital games offline.

What worked:

Xbox One X connected directly to Xbox 360 via Ethernet cable.

- No router is involved. Both consoles are using offline profiles.
- Limited to two consoles as it is a direct connection between the two consoles
- Both consoles are offline and have no form of internet access in this method

Xbox One X and Xbox 360 connected to router via Ethernet Cables.

- Both Xbox One X and Xbox 360 had their own separate Ethernet Cables plugged in directly to the same router.
- Both Xbox One X and Xbox 360 can be online or offline.
- You can have a mixture of an online gamertag or offline (temporary) profiles in Halo 3
- Both consoles can be logged into Xbox Live
- This method theoretically will allow you to add more Xbox's as long as they are connected to the same router (mine has 4 ports so I COULD use 4 Xbox's)

Original Xbox One and Xbox 360 connected to router via Ethernet Cables.

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360

Original Xbox One and Xbox 360 connected directly via Ethernet Cable

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

Original Xbox One and Xbox One X connected to router via Ethernet Cables

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

Original Xbox One and Xbox One X connected directly via Ethernet Cable

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

What DIDN'T work:

- Xbox One and Xbox One X CANNOT connect to any system link game over WiFi. Both consoles turn up a NAT error and are able to see the game but cannot join. They cannot connect to each other or the Xbox 360 when connected to WiFi
- Both consoles had an OPEN NAT whilst on WiFi and both claimed the other console was at fault, which is clearly not the case.

So to end, yes you can system link with Xbox One, Xbox One X and Xbox 360. You MUST make sure the Xbox One's are using an ethernet cable either directly to the 360/One or to the router. If you want to use multiple Xbox's, the Xbox One's will need to be connected directly to the same router the 360 consoles are connected to by an Ethernet cable. Xbox One X runs an enhanced version of Halo 3 and thus has a more stable framerate (smooth and less lag) and as mentioned before, a to be confirmed native 4K resolution (makes the game look much nicer than XBO/360).

If you have any more questions i'll do my best to answer them. Hopefully this should give you and any other user interested in system link the information they need.
BozTech wrote:
MadPolarBear94 Legend! Im not really savvy in the tech world so not sure what that all meant but i love the passion and your effort mate! greatly appreciate it. looking forward to your word.
I'm back with the tests. I'll try to keep it as simple as I can. Below is the tests showing you how it was setup, what worked and what didn't:

*Disclaimer*

I was unable to test Xbox 360 over Wifi as I only have the launch Xbox 360 model, which had no Wifi. I was unable to test the Xbox One S as I do not own one but I make the assumption the One S will perform the same as the other Xbox One models. I was also unable to test more than 2 Xbox consoles at a time due to only having 2 copies of Halo 3. I make the assumption that multiple consoles will work based on the results below.

Consoles used:

Xbox 360 (Launch model, 20GB, No Wifi)
Xbox One (Launch model)
Xbox One X (Launch model at the time of this post)

Before you start:

- Ensure Halo 3 is up to date (connect to Xbox Live, download update, XBL Gold not required). Latest version is 1.2, if you get no update it should say 1.2 below the menu options
- Digital Halo 3 WILL work on 360/One. For the Xbox One if you are using digital, make sure the Xbox is set as the HOME Xbox in your settings. This allows you to launch digital games offline.

What worked:

Xbox One X connected directly to Xbox 360 via Ethernet cable.

- No router is involved. Both consoles are using offline profiles.
- Limited to two consoles as it is a direct connection between the two consoles
- Both consoles are offline and have no form of internet access in this method

Xbox One X and Xbox 360 connected to router via Ethernet Cables.

- Both Xbox One X and Xbox 360 had their own separate Ethernet Cables plugged in directly to the same router.
- Both Xbox One X and Xbox 360 can be online or offline.
- You can have a mixture of an online gamertag or offline (temporary) profiles in Halo 3
- Both consoles can be logged into Xbox Live
- This method theoretically will allow you to add more Xbox's as long as they are connected to the same router (mine has 4 ports so I COULD use 4 Xbox's)

Original Xbox One and Xbox 360 connected to router via Ethernet Cables.

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360

Original Xbox One and Xbox 360 connected directly via Ethernet Cable

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

Original Xbox One and Xbox One X connected to router via Ethernet Cables

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

Original Xbox One and Xbox One X connected directly via Ethernet Cable

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

What DIDN'T work:

- Xbox One and Xbox One X CANNOT connect to any system link game over WiFi. Both consoles turn up a NAT error and are able to see the game but cannot join. They cannot connect to each other or the Xbox 360 when connected to WiFi
- Both consoles had an OPEN NAT whilst on WiFi and both claimed the other console was at fault, which is clearly not the case.

So to end, yes you can system link with Xbox One, Xbox One X and Xbox 360. You MUST make sure the Xbox One's are using an ethernet cable either directly to the 360/One or to the router. If you want to use multiple Xbox's, the Xbox One's will need to be connected directly to the same router the 360 consoles are connected to by an Ethernet cable. Xbox One X runs an enhanced version of Halo 3 and thus has a more stable framerate (smooth and less lag) and as mentioned before, a to be confirmed native 4K resolution (makes the game look much nicer than XBO/360).

If you have any more questions i'll do my best to answer them. Hopefully this should give you and any other user interested in system link the information they need.
You sir have the timing of the gods
BozTech wrote:
MadPolarBear94 Legend! Im not really savvy in the tech world so not sure what that all meant but i love the passion and your effort mate! greatly appreciate it. looking forward to your word.
I'm back with the tests. I'll try to keep it as simple as I can. Below is the tests showing you how it was setup, what worked and what didn't:

*Disclaimer*

I was unable to test Xbox 360 over Wifi as I only have the launch Xbox 360 model, which had no Wifi. I was unable to test the Xbox One S as I do not own one but I make the assumption the One S will perform the same as the other Xbox One models. I was also unable to test more than 2 Xbox consoles at a time due to only having 2 copies of Halo 3. I make the assumption that multiple consoles will work based on the results below.

Consoles used:

Xbox 360 (Launch model, 20GB, No Wifi)
Xbox One (Launch model)
Xbox One X (Launch model at the time of this post)

Before you start:

- Ensure Halo 3 is up to date (connect to Xbox Live, download update, XBL Gold not required). Latest version is 1.2, if you get no update it should say 1.2 below the menu options
- Digital Halo 3 WILL work on 360/One. For the Xbox One if you are using digital, make sure the Xbox is set as the HOME Xbox in your settings. This allows you to launch digital games offline.

What worked:

Xbox One X connected directly to Xbox 360 via Ethernet cable.

- No router is involved. Both consoles are using offline profiles.
- Limited to two consoles as it is a direct connection between the two consoles
- Both consoles are offline and have no form of internet access in this method

Xbox One X and Xbox 360 connected to router via Ethernet Cables.

- Both Xbox One X and Xbox 360 had their own separate Ethernet Cables plugged in directly to the same router.
- Both Xbox One X and Xbox 360 can be online or offline.
- You can have a mixture of an online gamertag or offline (temporary) profiles in Halo 3
- Both consoles can be logged into Xbox Live
- This method theoretically will allow you to add more Xbox's as long as they are connected to the same router (mine has 4 ports so I COULD use 4 Xbox's)

Original Xbox One and Xbox 360 connected to router via Ethernet Cables.

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360

Original Xbox One and Xbox 360 connected directly via Ethernet Cable

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

Original Xbox One and Xbox One X connected to router via Ethernet Cables

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

Original Xbox One and Xbox One X connected directly via Ethernet Cable

- Same result as Xbox One X and Xbox 360 test

What DIDN'T work:

- Xbox One and Xbox One X CANNOT connect to any system link game over WiFi. Both consoles turn up a NAT error and are able to see the game but cannot join. They cannot connect to each other or the Xbox 360 when connected to WiFi
- Both consoles had an OPEN NAT whilst on WiFi and both claimed the other console was at fault, which is clearly not the case.

So to end, yes you can system link with Xbox One, Xbox One X and Xbox 360. You MUST make sure the Xbox One's are using an ethernet cable either directly to the 360/One or to the router. If you want to use multiple Xbox's, the Xbox One's will need to be connected directly to the same router the 360 consoles are connected to by an Ethernet cable. Xbox One X runs an enhanced version of Halo 3 and thus has a more stable framerate (smooth and less lag) and as mentioned before, a to be confirmed native 4K resolution (makes the game look much nicer than XBO/360).

If you have any more questions i'll do my best to answer them. Hopefully this should give you and any other user interested in system link the information they need.
You sir have the timing of the gods
I aim to please.
G wizz mate you went above and beyond!! Thanks heaps, you certainly answered my question and then some :) Cant wait to play halo 3 in high rez !
to play a link system, you have to be on the same network.
I Know i am a little late to this party.

Xbox one, one s, and the x will not system link wireless, hard wired only. But there is a work around that will keep you from run cat 5 or 6 cable all over the house.

What you need:
wireless router able to go into repeater mode.
once the routers are setup hard wire the xbox one, s, x to the router and your done.. works great and if your using any 360's they will be able to connect via wireless.

Lan party ready to go...
Anyone can lend a hand here please?

I want to play the Halo 3 campaign via System Link. The setup is as follows.

X1X with Halo 3 360 disc version installed. (1 player on it)
Xbox 360 with a second Halo 3 360 disc installed on the hard drive. (2 players on it)
Connected via LAN or directly console to console.

The problem is that during the campaign, the link will stop, giving an error. I tried lots of things, swapping the disks the consoles have, connecting consoles directly into another (rather than LAN), changing the host of the game, etc... and I'm starting to run out of options.

The multiplayer works well however. I'm not surprised since the Campaign streams lots of data compared to multi.

Any tips to make me finish the fight with my boys? :)
The Xbox One and the Xbox One X can't LAN. You need to have a valid XBox Live Gamertag in order to do anything
The Xbox One and the Xbox One X can't LAN. You need to have a valid XBox Live Gamertag in order to do anything
They can. I ran a test and posted the results earlier in this thread a few months back. Offline, connected directly with ethernet cables and no internet in the house, the two consoles can connect via LAN.

Only tested Halo 3.
The Xbox One and the Xbox One X can't LAN. You need to have a valid XBox Live Gamertag in order to do anything
They can. I ran a test and posted the results earlier in this thread a few months back. Offline, connected directly with ethernet cables and no internet in the house, the two consoles can connect via LAN.

Only tested Halo 3.
Do me a favor, test it again using Xbox One titles. Try Halo 5, MCC, and/or one of the newer Call of Duty games. One of those games, at least two Xbox One consoles, NO INTERNET, and have them play against each other.

I'm not trying to bust your chops but I run a gaming business where we setup LAN events and tournaments. We bought 16 Xbox One consoles at launch under the assumption that we'd be able to system link/LAN with them just like the 360. Was, and still very much am, very frustrated to discover that they don't. So if you can prove me wrong, I will be stunned and will honestly reward you.
The Xbox One and the Xbox One X can't LAN. You need to have a valid XBox Live Gamertag in order to do anything
They can. I ran a test and posted the results earlier in this thread a few months back. Offline, connected directly with ethernet cables and no internet in the house, the two consoles can connect via LAN.

Only tested Halo 3.
Do me a favor, test it again using Xbox One titles. Try Halo 5, MCC, and/or one of the newer Call of Duty games. One of those games, at least two Xbox One consoles, NO INTERNET, and have them play against each other.

I'm not trying to bust your chops but I run a gaming business where we setup LAN events and tournaments. We bought 16 Xbox One consoles at launch under the assumption that we'd be able to system link/LAN with them just like the 360. Was, and still very much am, very frustrated to discover that they don't. So if you can prove me wrong, I will be stunned and will honestly reward you.
I didn’t say anything about Xbox One games. That is a limitation put in place by Microsoft, which you are 100% correct.

However, even with no internet, you can do so with Halo 3. I didn’t have any issues doing so (I shutoff the internet for the test) and it only worked with ethernet cables (direct connection between Xbox and in addition, a second setup included a router).

I am aware that there are no Xbox One titles that support LAN but yet as I said, it worked for Halo 3. The consoles themselves are capable of system link, yet for whatever reason, no Xbox One titles support it, as you said and is an incredibly frustrating decision. I never had a LAN party with 16 different consoles before, but I had my fair share of Halo CE and Halo 2 involving up to 4 consoles in the past. Even from a tournament standpoint, which Microsoft appear to be trying to force rather than let it happen organically, LAN should be a must.
The Xbox One and the Xbox One X can't LAN. You need to have a valid XBox Live Gamertag in order to do anything
They can. I ran a test and posted the results earlier in this thread a few months back. Offline, connected directly with ethernet cables and no internet in the house, the two consoles can connect via LAN.

Only tested Halo 3.
Do me a favor, test it again using Xbox One titles. Try Halo 5, MCC, and/or one of the newer Call of Duty games. One of those games, at least two Xbox One consoles, NO INTERNET, and have them play against each other.

I'm not trying to bust your chops but I run a gaming business where we setup LAN events and tournaments. We bought 16 Xbox One consoles at launch under the assumption that we'd be able to system link/LAN with them just like the 360. Was, and still very much am, very frustrated to discover that they don't. So if you can prove me wrong, I will be stunned and will honestly reward you.
I didn’t say anything about Xbox One games. That is a limitation put in place by Microsoft, which you are 100% correct.

However, even with no internet, you can do so with Halo 3. I didn’t have any issues doing so (I shutoff the internet for the test) and it only worked with ethernet cables (direct connection between Xbox and in addition, a second setup included a router).

I am aware that there are no Xbox One titles that support LAN but yet as I said, it worked for Halo 3. The consoles themselves are capable of system link, yet for whatever reason, no Xbox One titles support it, as you said and is an incredibly frustrating decision. I never had a LAN party with 16 different consoles before, but I had my fair share of Halo CE and Halo 2 involving up to 4 consoles in the past. Even from a tournament standpoint, which Microsoft appear to be trying to force rather than let it happen organically, LAN should be a must.
I know you didn't, I was simply making a statement is all. It doesn't surprise me that Halo 3 works because it's a 360 game. I had mentioned the Xbox One games to see if you had any luck is all.

It's beyond frustrating and makes absolutely no business sense. I've been hosting LAN events since 2001 when the Xbox first came out. They're alot of fun but also alot of work which is why I standout. I am more than willing to put in the work to setting up LAN events since no one else will. Having LAN parties with 100+ people on Xbox 360's was amazing. Even back with the original Xbox, the biggest event I had was around 80 people. We had close to 50 Xboxes all connected together so there were always games open to join throughout the duration of the event. Those were amazing times.

System Link/LAN is a must. Microsoft needs to stop being arrogant and include it on the next wave of Xbox consoles