Depending on platform and version, there are several options for playing Halo multiplayer online. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Halo 2 through 5 are available for free online play via the Xbox Live subscription service. PC users can play the first and second installations of the game through the GameRanger.com hosting service. There is also an updated version of the game titled Halo: Online. As of 2015, this version is limited to players located in Russia.
The only requirement, aside from owning the console, for the free version of Xbox Live is a high-speed Internet connection. Players can use the service to find matches and connect with other users. The paid version also offers free games, party chats, recording options and exclusive deals.
Although the first Halo game was released in 2001, it still holds a devoted fan base. It has a sizeable modding community that frequently creates new features for the game. Online matches for the PC platform were originally hosted at GameSpy.com, but service for the first two Halo games ended in 2014. The Australian-based GameRanger site stepped in and now offers game matching via its downloadable program. As of 2015, plans to bring a new Halo game to the worldwide PC market are indefinite.