Halo Infinite merges some of the best components from previous titles in the franchise and offers a solid experience to its fans. Among the top features that were ported over from past Halo titles, Theater Mode stands out as a fan favorite.
The feature was first introduced in Halo 3, and it has been in every mainline Halo title ever since. With many players getting into the Halo franchise for the first time, they wonder how to use the Theater Mode in Halo Infinite.
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What is The Theater Mode in Halo Infinite
The Theater Mode in Halo Infinite allows you to rewatch your matches, take photos of key moments in past matches, and more. Your recent matches, including custom games, are automatically saved in the Theater, and you can access them anytime.
Theater Mode is not a substitute for Nvidia GeForce or Xbox Game Bar apps. If you want to record your matches, you will still need to use external apps as the game shows you replays by showing generating footage within the game engine.
How to launch Theater Mode
Head to the Community tab in the main menu, and Theater will be the first option you see. Select it, and you will get to view your match history and browse through past matches. Click on any match you want to view by choosing the “Watch” Film option, and the replay will begin automatically.
This can take up to a minute for the gameplay to load as it skips past the pre-battle summary and the pre-match intros, which you would normally see at the start of every match.
Theater Mode Controls
All keybinds will be visible on PC to help you navigate through your replays. If you are unsure how to navigate the menu on a controller, we got you covered.
Left Trigger: Tapping it once will skip back 20 seconds. One press skips back 20 seconds.
Right Trigger: Holding it down will allow you to move forward in the video timeline. Applying more pressure on the trigger will make it move faster.
Right/Left Bumper: Switches between players in spectator mode.
A: View all the functions on the video timeline.
Y: You can switch between the four camera modes: first-person, third-person over-the-shoulder, and third-person centered. Pressing Y a fifth time will move you to the free camera mode.
X: Toggles outlines from player hitboxes.
B: Pressing it once will remove all UI elements, and pressing it twice will restore the Theater Mode menu.
Left Stick: This allows you to manually navigate the camera, but it works only in free camera mode.
Right, Stick: This allows you to manually navigate the camera, but it works only in third-person centered or free camera modes.
Using Theater Mode
You will be able to access all of the control options from the Theater mode timeline in your matches. As soon as the replay begins, you will notice custom icons all over the timeline that showcase kills, deaths, medals, and mode-specific events. You can click on any of the icons to view the associated event. You can also click on any part of the timeline, and it will take you to the associated timestamp.
While 343 Industries wants players to retain their Theater Mode replays as long as possible, game updates are likely to delete your older replays. The official support page states, “substantial updates, such as moving from beta to full release, can reset your history and bookmarks or result in some films becoming deprecated due to changes in-game content.”
The devs recently wiped three weeks of Theater Mode footage, and it is recommended to record matches via Theater Mode that you want to review in the future.
With no recording feature available within Theater Mode itself, you will rely on apps like Xbox Game Bar to record footage. The default key bind for Game Bar is Windows + G. You can also use third-party apps like Nvidia GeForce Experience, Razer Cortex, OBS, and more.
If you are on Xbox, you can use the built-in recording feature on your console. Press the Xbox/Guide button on the center of your controller to open the Guide menu and press X to record a clip or Y to capture a screenshot.