If you haven’t heard already, Epic just debuted Unreal Engine 5 with an impressive tech demo running on PlayStation 5 hardware. The video helped Epic to drop some intriguing tidbits about what we can expect and see from Sony’s next-generation hardware. Epic suggested the new system is going to have a significant impact on game development.
The tech demo showcased two key technologies as part of UE5: one called Lumen that produces lighting effects and another called Nanite, which creates tiny polygonal surfaces easily. It was a fully playable demo, actually recorded as a direct HDMI signal from a PS5 dev-kit. Epic said it’s replayable and changes in small ways every time you play it.
CEO Tim Sweeney in an interview with Geoff Keighley said “Sony’s storage system is absolutely world-class,” adding “Not only the best in class in console but also the best in class on any platform–better than high-end PC. This is going to enable the types of immersion we’ve only dreamed of in the past. The world of loading screens is over. The days of pop-in and geometry popping up as you’re going through these game environments are ended. The resulting effect is the ability to build games that are fully immersive from start to finish over hundreds of hours of gameplay.” He also said that the Xbox Series X might be capable of its own build-in SSD, but Epic has been working more closely with Sony. At the same time, the company is making sure not to play favourites.
“The Nanite technology we showed here is going to run across all next-gen platforms and PC, and most importantly, this is what’s possible on the absolute best hardware that’s going to exist at the end of the year.” Sweeney said, “We love all of our babies; we can’t make comparisons or pick favourites.”
Epic also made the announcement during the stream that Fortnite will be moving to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021. But before that, it will appear on both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X as a lunch game.
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