Video card required for AOE II: DE?

I happily play AOE 2: HD on my laptop as I travel often. It’s just an i5-6200U with integrated Intel 520 graphics. Nothing fancy, but it runs AOE2: HD fine and I host games from steam all the time. I even participated in AOE: DE multiplayer beta with the game running fine on my machine.

As I’m a fan of AOE 2, I’m just realizing that the minimum requirements for AOE 2: DE require a dedicated video card. Will it really not run on my laptop?

The minimum required specs list Sandy Bridge Intel HD 3000, whereas the Intel HD 520 is a later more powerful integrated graphics.

Technically, Age of Empires 1: DE has a higher listed minimum requirements with the Ivy Bridge Intel HD 4000 compared to Age of Empires 2: DE. However, I run it with no lag with the HD 520, (same as you). You won’t have access to 4x zoom though.

Thanks for reply…I received an email from beta program saying my dxdiag didn’t meet minimum requirements. I wonder why:

Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 17763) (17763.rs5_release.180914-1434)
English (Regional Setting: English)
Dell Inc.
Inspiron 5559
Intel® Core™ i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
8192MB RAM
8084MB RAM
14595MB used, 6200MB available
DirectX 12
Not found
120 DPI (125 percent)
120 DPI (125 percent)
Available, with HDCP
Not Supported

Intel® HD Graphics 520
Intel Corporation
Intel® HD Graphics Family
Full Device (POST)
No Problem
4169 MB
128 MB
4041 MB
1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Not Supported

Any ideas why they indicate that it doesn’t meet requirements?

I see there is a thread in the insiders forum…lots of people with same issue.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but your video card doesn’t seem to meet minimum requirements as it requires Intel 3000 or better

Intel 3000 is the integrated graphics with Intel Sandy Bridge processors (2011). Intel 520 was introduced as the integrated graphics with Intel Skylake processors (2015). Intel changed their naming convention from thousands to hundreds with Skylake.

Is that the issue? The Microsoft team thinks that Intel 520 was before Intel 3000?


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Nope. Just me not knowing the difference.

I’m wondering about this too. I have an intel 530 and it’s running AOE DE without any issues. I contacted support because I also received a beta rejection due to system requirements that was in my junk bin…