Well, here’s a little surprise: the news Resident Evil 4 remake—which will be released next year—is in development for PS4. We knew it would come to next-gen machines, but now it’s heading to Sony’s older home console as well. However, it looks like this remake will skip the Xbox One, possibly due to a lack of power or sales.
In June of this year, during a Sony State of Play, the Resident Evil 4 the remake has been unveiled, confirming after years of rumors and speculation that it is indeed a real thing that will soon exist. The game isn’t a remaster of the classic horror title, but rather a full remake in the vein of 2019 Resident Evil 2 and 2020s Resident Evil 3. Like those games, it’s built from the ground up in Capcom’s RE Engine, the same engine that also powers recent games like Resident Evil Village and RE 7. At the time of its reveal, it seemed like this new remake would be a next-gen-only thing. Well, that is no longer the case!
Announced today at Capcom’s TGS 2022 Online Showcase, Resident Evil 4The remake of is also coming to PS4. No trailer or footage of this release has been shown, but it does confirm that this next entry in the series is now a cross-gen game. However, Xbox One owners hoping to play Redesign RE4 have no luck. Nowhere in today’s showcase did Capcom mention an Xbox One port of the remake. In fact, when Capcom showed off the title art for the game, it only showed the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and PC logos.
Kotaku contacted Capcom about the lack of an Xbox One port, but did not hear back.
Although we don’t officially know the reasoning behind Capcom RE4 remake skipping the last gen Xbox, likely reasons are A) the base Xbox One is too underpowered for what Capcom devs are doing with this remake and B) the Xbox One has never sold so well than the PS4. So even if the developers made the game work well on this console, it might not be worth it in the end. And while the Xbox One X is certainly a powerful console, Microsoft has never allowed developers to develop games just for this machine. An Xbox One game must work on all variants, including the VCR-like original, the S, and the X.
So for now, if you want to play this again Resident Evil 4 remake, which will be released on March 24, 2023, you will need a next-gen machine, a fairly powerful PC, or an older PS4 or PS4 Pro.