Must-watch intro videos: you hate them, I hate them, and yet the game developers insist on reminding us of who made the game we’re playing the 40th time we start it. I’ve launched Halo Infinite a few dozen times since its release, which means I’ve seen its 20-second intro video elusive enough to waste six minutes of my life. If nothing is done, it could become an hour this time next year!
Luckily, if you’re playing on Steam, there’s a quick and surgical way to get around pesky Halo scheduled views – just delete them.
As first spotted by Jason Lamb on Twitter, it turns out that the two Halo Infinite intro scenes are just MP4 files in the in-game directory: a few more for tutorials and credits.
Removing the logo video then launching the game will go straight to the main menu once it has finished loading (the game usually loads in the background during the video, but my PC finishes loading well before it finishes).
Here’s how to find and delete the Halo Infinite intro video (Steam version):
- In Steam, right click on Halo Infinite and select properties
- Select local files
- Select Browse
- Find the folder titled “videos”
- Delete the MP4 titled “intro”
Shooting video in the sun is surely the fastest way to get to Halo’s main menu, but if you want to have fun, you can too to replace the default intro video with whatever you want. As long as the new video has the same title as the defaults, it will play.
Lamb’s example above of a short clip of Shrek is pretty darn good, but I opted for an intro inspired by a famous TV show I’m watching for the first time.
Sound activated for enhanced effect.
I recommend making a copy of the video before deleting it (or you can just move it out of the folder), so you can easily re-add it if needed. If it’s really gone and you need it to come back for some reason, a quick file integrity check on Steam should recognize that the video is gone and re-download it.
There’s also a good chance the game will automatically re-download videos (or crash us out of folder) the next time Halo Infinite gets a big patch, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.