In a recent segment on Major Nelson's Xbox podcast, the crew chatted all things Age of Empires with a member of the development team following the game's console announcement last week. The discussion led to us catching a new snippet of Xbox gameplay, which reveals a few new console-specific features.

The team has detailed a couple of control and UI changes that have been made to Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition on Xbox, in the hopes of making it a smoother experience on console. The dev says that during the porting process it was important to make sure nothing was ever more than "a couple of button pushes" away from the console player.

After launching on PC back in 2019, the Definitive Edition of Age of Empires 2 finally makes it way to Xbox Series X and Series S on January 31, 2023. Age of Empires 4's console release will then follow later on next year.

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