Age of Empires 4 Xbox compatibility

I think Xbox series X needs to also be able to play age of empires 4 with key board and mouse attachments? What you you all think?


Xbox was a mistake.
But if it has Xbox support I guess it would be nice for the players to be able to use m+kb

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Microsoft said AoE4 will launch only on PC, not Xbox.

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Someday, maybe, for people who get a mouse/keyboard attachment for Xbox. But no attention should be given to that plight now. I’ve seen too many games I love negatively impacted by the need to release it on Xbox/console(s) and PC at the same time.

Okay, there have been two main games for me, but they were biggies; and AoE would be another biggie. If AoE4 is being developed for Xbox at the same time and the PC version suffered as a result, my top 2 or 3 video game franchises of all time would have been negatively impacted by console co-releases; where the devs needed to make the game for a simultaneous PC and Xbox/console launch.

Aside from those two past games that suffered graphically and control-wise due to Xbox/consoles, I see many games, in general, where it’s obvious the controls and game mechanics were made for consoles and PCs were an afterthought. Just wouldn’t want to see that for AoE4. Is nice IamDalv reassures with those words.

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PS: Not sure how it always is that my favorite PC games decide to only release a new game when a new console is launching (like every 2nd or 3rd console generation) and the devs get drawn into it.

One of these years, I hope to get a new Thief game, for example, mid- or late-console lifespan (for a mature console) so the devs aren’t trying to just do a bunch of kewl things to make it look like a shiny new object on a brand new console with little depth or replay value; with poor gameplay mechanics and several control issues :wink:

  • I kind’ve wish Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed games only came out once every decade or two. I don’t really care or particularly like those franchises, but I know many do. If those franchises only saw one new game every decade or two, and they were let-downs, you might understand how precious a new AoE title is for me :slight_smile: You finally get one rare opportunity to have a diamond made, and then it gets spoiled with a lot of flaws because of catering to and developing for consoles.

I would agree to an extent I just don’t have the money to get a computer and a good monitor that can run aoe4. I have a TV already and a console is far less expensive since I already have a 4k tv. Just wish you could use mouse and keyboard and cross play. That would open up to have many more players and games to be played.


And the great thing about games of today, Merle0004, is that because consoles are quite powerful these days, the games on them can be quite cool, and their resolution/graphics aren’t an issue like they were in the past. So, devs can make very intricate, detailed, minimalistic HUDs on them if they want, etc. I’ve seen a lot of console games that have done that over the years – mainly about 2008 and forward – which definitely helped bridge the gap between PC and console gameplay.

I don’t worry that much about the technical prowess of consoles nowadays; they’re more than capable. I’m more worried about the over-simplification of gameplay and the bad control mechanics that frequently get injected into PC games as a result of dev focus on consoles. Fallout 4 (controls) and Thief 2014 (controls and gameplay) are prime examples, in my opinion.

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problem is not power of consoles.
problem is you can’t play a rts with controller
but xbox has mouse/keyboard support,so i think xbox players can play aoe4 with mouse/keyboard


I’d say you can’t play adventure games like Monkey Island and Telltale’s Walking Dead with a controller, but it was done. Thankfully, their PC versions had mouse/keyboard control support. Trying to play adventure games like those on consoles is a nightmare

Don’t underestimate the power of consoles. If devs figure out a way to do AoE4 on a console using a console controller, I’m sure they’ll do it. Lucky for us they’re focusing on doing it exclusively for PC first, or so it seems. Hopefully no AoE4 controls or gameplay elements for the PC will be nerfed or consolized in anticipation of some future existence on consoles and their controllers. This console mentality is entirely possible, but probably not likely; thankfully.

Yeah, if keyboard and mouse are options for Xbox and are required to play AoE4… then go for it. Release on Xbox. I’d mainly then just worry about the Xbox players who don’t have a keyboard/mouse asking (or demanding?) for it to be revised to work with a controller… and then to be simplified for the console play… and then, and then, and then. It’s a slippery slope, imo

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To be fair, people played jump and runs with dance pads, shooters with the donkey kong bongos and doom on the display of a printer, an old calculator, an atm, an old ipod…

People who are bored will always find a way


I would agree key board and mouse only. Halo wars shows that controller for an rts doesn’t work that well. I would only want it on Xbox if you had to use mouse and key board which I would buy if they came out on Xbox with it. Aoe is one of my favorite games just can’t afford to buy a computer and monitor just to play that game. Hopefully they can figure something out in the future!

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No console support before the game is finished if console support they should make it like stellaris did.