In the Opening Night Live during the recently held gamescom event, both Relic Entertainment and Xbox stated that Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition is now playable on the Xbox consoles and PC Game Pass.
The reveal comes following the Age of Empires 25th Anniversary Broadcast last October, which initially announced that the 2021 game will become playable on the Xbox platforms, Series X|S and One, as well as Xbox Pass.
Making the shift from PC to home console marks a difference in the PC and home console versions’ controls. Yet, the pivot from the keyboard and mouse to a gamepad demanded a re-design of the game’s controls. Xbox players, however, would easily feel at home with AOE4:AE as the game’s interface is made intuitive to the platform.
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The developers have even made a tutorial specifically highlighting the changes in the UI, giving console players easier familiarity with the commands in-game.
For the first time, Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition also gets a new feature called “Villager Priority System.” Per Relic Entertainment, it is a “brand new system that allows for accelerated play.” Specifically, it gives players the power to assign in-game villagers more intensive focus on resource gathering at the press of a button.
As for display resolution support, the Xbox Series X enables 4K resolution, 1080p on the Xbox Series S, 1440p on the Xbox One X, and 900p on other supported Xbox devices. Both Xbox Series X and Series S versions support up to 60 FPS.