Age of Empires 4 PC Graphics Settings and Performance Guide

Age of Empires 4 has finally released for players on PC and is receiving quite the welcome. The game is a significant upgrade to Age of Empire 3 thanks to its improved graphics. If you know the correct in-game settings for it, it can make the gameplay session that much more enjoyable.

Having that said, in this guide, I will be showing you the best graphics settings you can do for Age of Empires 4. Make sure you meet the minimum system specs for the game. Also cross-refer my specs to get an overall idea about how it can perform on your system.


Best PC Graphics Settings for Age of Empires 4

Before starting off with the settings, make sure you are meeting the official system specs given out by the developers.

System Specs for Age of Empire 4

MINIMUM

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit | Windows 11 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6300U or AMD Ryzen 5 2400G | CPU with AVX support required
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 520 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 50 GB available space

RECOMMENDED

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit | Windows 11 64bit
    • Processor: 3.6 GHz 6-core (Intel i5) or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | CPU with AVX support required
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 970 GPU or AMD Radeon RX 570 GPU with 4GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 4 GB of video RAM and 16 GB of system RAM

System Specs Used to Test

Parameters Specifications
Operating System Windows 10 64 Bit OS
Processor Ryzen 5 3600
Memory 32GB DDR4
Graphics Card GTX 1660 6GB
DirectX 12
Storage SSD M.2 500GB
Peripherals Razer Viper Mini, RK84, HyperX Cloud Stinger

Best In-Game Graphics Settings

In-game options Description Settings
Game Window Determine windowed/borderless/full screen as display Full Desktop
Full Resolution This determines the resolution of the monitor. 1920×1080 or default
Resolution Scale Scaling of the resolution. Lowering it may result in blurry textures. 100%
Image Quality Setting this to high will have impact on FPS also. Medium
Animation Quality The Quality of Animations or actions in the game. High
Shadow Quality Quality of shadows you can see in the game. Low [medium-high for RTX Cards]
Texture Detail NA Medium
Geometry Detail NA Medium
Anti-Aliasing Setting this to high can smoothen out edges but at the cost of some framerates. Low
Physics Particle effects in the game. High for a medium end system.
Vertical- Sync Syncs the framerate with the monitors ‘refresh rate. Off
Framerate Limit Limits the frames to the desired or set amount. Unlimited for the most FPS
Movie Quality The movie clips played in-between campaigns and other aspects. 4K HDR [if system capable] or 1080p

age of empire best graphics settings

I tested the game for a goal of 70+ FPS at 1080p. The game performed quite well in the above settings. I will cover the details in the next section. I recorded the video of a small gameplay snippet with the above settings. Check it out: [LINK]


Results and Conclusion

As I tested the game out, the optimization was quite well for most parts. During the village building section, the camera movement was causing some FPS drops. There were not significant. The reason for this can be the loading of new areas for you and the game render speed as well.

For entry-level systems, this can be an issue. If you are running a 1050TI and I3 or i5 8th or 10th gen, lower the settings to your comfort. I would not recommend that you go above medium for such systems.

Recorded Average FPS Recorded Ram usage
115 FPS 4.5GB

As you can see, I was getting an average of 115FPS with the above settings. The RAM usage hovered around 4.5 to 5GB at max. This is decent considering the amount of upgrades they have done from the previous age of empires title. Having that said, I feel like the game does require a bit more optimization.

Especially in the camera panning and adjustment section. Sometimes the movement of the camera is off, and sometimes it is causing FPS drops, even when there is no extra graphical textures. I hope the developers look into this if they can. Other than that, if you enjoy playing Real-Time Strats, this is a very good game!


Performance Guide

There are a couple of other tips here which I would like to share. These are not necessarily game specific, but it can help you to run Age of Empires 4 properly. This can also help you get that extra ounce of performance and FPS that you may have needed. The first on the list is:

Updating Graphics Drivers

This is a simple and universal fix to update graphics drivers for your card. I would not have listed this performance fix, but NVIDIA specifically released their latest driver update that contains some performance enhancements to Age of Empires 4 and other games.

nvidiadriver update for age of empires 4

Settings Windows to Performance Mode

A very self explanatory fix for most performance related problems. Windows takes up a lot of resources to run these. If you are running into the issue of less RAM or Card Memory, this can help you a lot. Go to Appearance settings for windows, and select the options that says optimize for performance. This will help you in improving a medium number of FPS.

Turning off overlays and Anti-Virus

These are also very basic fixes that you need to do for most games. I have realised that a lot of PC as well as laptop players would like to play this game at their leisure times. If that is the case, You should turn off almost all Platform overlays like Origin, Steam, Uplay, and in this case XBOX App Overlay.

This includes the game bar also. Anti-Virus is also a hurdle hence you should ideally make an exception for Age of Empires 4 or Turn it off while you play the game. The Anti-Virus are infamous for recognizing these executables as threats which they are not!


That is all I am sharing in this post for the best pc settings for Age of Empires 4. I hope the settings as well as  the performance guide has helped you in some way or the other. If that may be the case, do mention that in the comments below. Got any questions or suggestions?

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