Microsoft has launched a preview version of Quake 4 for Xbox Insiders on Windows PC, prompting surprise and confusion among fans of the classic sci-fi first-person shooter series due to the age of the game, which was originally launched by the developers at RavenSoft and id Software over a decade ago in 2005. Xbox insiders who are interested in participating in the new preview for the fourth mainline installment of Quake can do so by launching the Xbox Insider Hub app, navigating to Previews > Quake 4, and then joining the test. Microsoft has clarified that this preview is only available on Windows PC, and that it also requires administrator privileges to run (the game may crash if the Windows User Account Control [UAC] prompt is bypassed when launching the title for the first time). Developed on the id Tech 4 engine, Quake 4 is a direct sequel to the second game that follows a Marine Corporal named Matthew Kane who takes on the Strogg as part of the elite Rhino Squad. The Xbox 360 port of the game was criticized upon its release for reasons that include poor performance.
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