Age of Empires 4 beta: when does it start on Steam? Is it on Xbox?

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Developers Relic Entertainment and publisher Xbox Game Studios are launching the major Age of Empire 4 beta on Steam and the Microsoft Store this week.

Since this is a closed test, it’s up to the development team to join in and put the latest build to the test.

The good news is that gamers who want to participate don’t have to pre-order the game or meet any other financial obligations.

Instead, the Age of Empires 4 closed beta is open to Age Insiders on Steam and the Microsoft Store.

Relic has confirmed that this will be the largest hands-on event to date, with thousands of Age Insiders testing Age of Empires IV.


The development team has confirmed that the Age of Empires 4 closed beta will open to Insiders on Thursday, August 5, 2021. The closed beta will run on selected platforms until Monday, August 16.

No set time has been announced for when it will open, but it is expected to run at PDT, where Microsoft is based.

Age of Empires will be playable on Windows and Steam, but for now there is no way to participate in this beta with Xbox consoles.

Relic has confirmed that they are using the Age of Empires 4 beta to fine-tune the game’s performance and remove bugs, and the team releases this statement:

“Refine our existing systems, meaning if you’re invited to the closed beta, Relic and World’s Edge will depend on you to play as many matches as you can while trying out the different matchmaking systems.

“Arm our development team with impactful bugs or balance feedback. Balance is underway, so the unit balance you see during the closed beta isn’t necessarily reflective of what you’ll see when the game launches or as the meta evolves.

“And start collecting your ideas on how best to grow Age of Empires IV after launch. While our primary focus in closed beta is to ensure stability and give the game overall shine by overcoming impactful bugs, the Age IV team is committed to constantly improving and expanding the game. As a beta participant, you give direction to our vision.”

The specifications of the closed beta preview are:

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: 1.7-2.7 GHz (turbo) 4 cores: Intel Core i5-4460T (35w) / AMD FX-6300 or better

Memory: 8GB RAM

Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 760 / AMD Radeon R7 260X or better with at least 2 GB of VRAM.

The full version of Age of Empires 4 will be available on October 28, 2021.

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