The Bard's Tale IV gets Xbox One X Enhanced next week, hits 4K resolution (update)

What you need to know

  • The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut is a role-playing game with numerous choices.
  • It was supposed to launch in 2018, but was delayed to 2019.
  • It's getting Xbox One X Enhanced next week.
  • You can access The Bard's Tale IV through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

Updated October 9, 2019: The Bard's Tale IV got Xbox One X Enhanced on October 9.

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is a dungeon crawler from inXile Entertainment and legendary designer Brian Fargo. Fargo has worked on experiences like Fallout, Wasteland, and Torment: Tides of Numenera in the past. Many older PC gamers will immediately recognize the series, and the latest entry doesn't disappoint. On Xbox One, it's called The Bard's Tale IV: Director Cut and features a number of enhancements.

When The Bard's Tale IV launched on Xbox One, it lacked Xbox One X enhancements. The game is quite blurry on both consoles and, curiously enough, lacked a resolution bump on the powerful model. However, that's about to change quite soon. We've been asking the developer when it planned on upgrading the game for Xbox One X, and today we received an answer. An exclusive statement released to Windows Central by a spokesperson said the following.

Our next patch will add dynamic resolution scaling for those playing on Xbox One X, allowing for up to 4K. We're aiming to have that update out next week.

It's great to see that the game will look much clearer on Xbox One X very soon. Dynamic resolution is important because it makes sure the performance is stable.

The Bard's Tale IV focuses on challenging combat that rewards creativity, various puzzles that lead to treasure, and a lot of environmental variety. The game is set over a hundred years after the events of the last installment. The terrible happenings of Skara Brae's violent destruction are nearly forgotten. In the dark ruins below, an evil has waited patiently for its time. Fanatics are gathering control, the famous Adventurers Guild has been outlawed, and you must rise up in defiance to become the hero the realm needs.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • Great news , i was enjoying this game regardless on Xbox one X but it was clear graphics should have been better than they were. This is a great game , another reason to get Gamepass for those that haven't tried it.
  • Can anyone confirm if latest patch yesterday enhanced the game for X? It is not showing as X enhanced in info and I can’t really see any big difference in game with graphics after testing it tonight? It was a 14gb patch but still doesn’t seem to be running any smoother than before.