Yes, Unreal Engine 5 does support the upcoming Xbox Series X. When the engine was revealed, it was said to be running on the PlayStation 5. Epic Games just chose to show Unreal Engine 5 on Sony’s upcoming next-gen console. According to CEO Tim Sweeney, this arrangement does not mean the Xbox Series X can’t handle the impressive visual effects.
Sweeney also shared that the technology powering the Unreal Engine 5 demo will be fully supported on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The company chose to work with Sony to create the demo because of “years of discussions” between the two tech giants.
The Nanite is a system for producing and importing extremely detailed geometry through billions of tiny triangles. Lumen technology introduces a new illumination system in Unreal Engine 5. It will make it easier for environments to showcase “natural” night from various sources. The demo Epic Games showed doesn’t represent that any actual game is in development with the demo being on the PS5; it also doesn’t mean the company has an exclusive game in the works. The company announced that Fornite would see a transition to Unreal Engine 5 in 2021 for both the PS5 and XSX, it will launch on both systems this year. Looking at Epic Games past relationships they arguable have a more famous relationship with Microsoft, the company developed the Xbox-exclusive Gears of War franchise until Microsoft bought the franchise and created its dedicated game studio, The Coalition. Despite this, new Xbox One and even Xbox Series X games will run on Unreal Engine technology, even the turn-based strategy game Gear Tactics.