Age of Empires 4: Test for everyone with low system requirements

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Age of Empires 4: Test for everyone with low system requirements

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Age of Empires 4 can be tested by anyone at the weekend. There are no entry requirements for the “Technical Stress Test”. Everyone is to be understood in the literal sense of the word in a second dimension: The system requirements of the strategy game are low at the lower end.

In contrast to the closed beta test in August, the weekend is about subjecting the server and matchmaking to a stress test. Therefore, apart from the tutorial, you can only play online. There are matches against other players or, via a dedicated lobby, against the AI, which can be played on five different maps with the civilizations of the English, Chinese, Abbasids and the Holy Roman Empire. This means that everyone can now test for themselves whether Microsoft is capturing a classic real-time strategy game and the classic Age-of-Empires game feel as promised.

The test starts on Friday, September 17th at 7pm and ends on Monday, September 20th at the same time. The download is via the Xbox Insider Hub app in the preview tab or via the Steam product page possible. The finished game will be available about a month later on October 28th.

Low entry barriers

The entry barrier for the game is extremely low. An APU with an integrated graphics unit and 8 gigabytes of RAM are sufficient for gaming. With AMD, four cores are used, while the Core i5-6500U from the notebook sector processes four threads, but has to make do with two cores. Even the recommended hardware can hardly be described as particularly powerful. Here Microsoft is pairing a lower middle class graphics card with a six-core CPU, whereby even a first-generation Ryzen processor should be fast enough.

System requirements for Age of Empires IV

The editors would like to thank the ComputerBase readers “Dirtinger” and “Iwwazwersch” for pointing out this message!

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