Unreal Engine 4 Demo: PlayStation 4 vs. PC

Digital Foundry: "Last week's GDC reveal of Unreal Engine 4 running on PlayStation 4 hardware gave us a revised look at 2012's Elemental PC demo - at the time operating on Core i7 in combination with Nvidia's powerful GTX 680 - and after the dust settled we were curious to see how the two renditions compared directly. This should give us some idea of the ways in which Epic has reshaped its code to better suit the new console platform. Of course, it's early days and UE4 in itself is still in development, but the question remains - to what extent can PS4 match up to a top-end PC?"

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DigitalSmoke2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

Looks prety good for a stock engine.
Wasn't the PS4 version made in 3 +- weeks with 4Gig of GDDR5.?

TheOneWhoIsTornApart2145d ago

Yea it was made quickly and im not sure if it even used that much GDDR5. Im not worried at all about the PS4's performance because we have barely scratched the surface on what it is actually capable of.

Spinal2145d ago

And we the consumers Win. I'm getting a PS4 day one.

I got my PC gaming rig i7 16gb ram on a gtx 560 (soon updating to Radeon 7950). PC for the multiplats and play station for their exclusives.

Best way to live :) best of both worlds.

Oh and I'm an ex-Xbox live member RIP Xbox. Kinect 2.0 can kiss my ass

Ezz20132145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

what the point of this article ?!

even DF themself said :
" Of course, it's early days and UE4 in itself is still in development,"
and EPIC also said they are using a very early dev kit for ps4 and the demo was rushed

and since when UE4 engine is the engine that show PS4 full power ?!
Did UE3 was the engine that represent ps3 full power ?! Oh Hell NO.

also the demo is nothing amazing at all
in fact it Looks worse than the games we already saw on ps4
and those games are not even using the ps4 final kit
the only thing that will show how much powerfull ps4 really is sony 1st party developers

Fishy Fingers2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

I get your point, only engines built specifically for, or at the very least, catered for, the PS4 will showcase its potential.

But UE3/PS3 comparison isn't really justified, the PS4 is based on 'standardised' hardware, inline with what the UE4 is designed for. This wasn't the case for the PS3.

Either way, it's likely UE4 will continue to be the middleware solution for most devs next gen, to see it up and running with great results at this early stage of both engine development and hardware revision is great. If nothing more it indicates decent multiplat performance for Sony in the future (on UE games anyway).

AsimLeonheart2145d ago

The PS4 is looking awesome but the PC master will be here soon to put it down again. I dont know what they get from doing that again and again. Why dont they understand that console manufacturers cannot possibly put GTX Titans and Radeon 7990s in their consoles. It will not just be the GPU but the power supply, heat sink, cooling system and everything they will have to put in it to run that kind of GPU and CPU without melting the insides. Just imagine the costs associated with that and the price we would have to pay for such a console; easily $1500. Therefore I am happy with what I am getting with the PS4 for only $400 to $500.

FreakdoutKid2145d ago

ram isnt going to make any diff

Ezz20132145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

and this also prove my point even more

from this Digital Foundry UE4 Face Off :
Alpha PS4 devkits:
*********...while the PS4 tools and APIs are still in their initial stages of development - it's going to take time for devs to fully get to grips with the new hardware. Over and above that, assuming this is the same demo that was shown at the PlayStation 4 reveal, we know for a fact that most studios only received final dev kits in the weeks beforehand, the suggestion being that most of the UE4 work will have been produced on unfinished hardware.*******

So..they know that this UE4 Demo have been been produced on unfinished hardware (very early ps4 dev kit)
and yet they still make this Face Off ?!

thechosenone2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

So in short it had nothing to do with the fact that the PS4's hardware was not able to run certain features, it's that UE4 engine itself is limited even on PCs. It'll be a number of years before we get an accurate representation of what the PS4 is truly capable of achieving and even then newer technologies and techniques will be pushing those boundaries all the time.

Checkout Mark Cerny's interview and the comment about launch titles not utilizing all that the hardware has to offer.

"This type of functionality isn't used widely in the launch titles. However, I expect this to be used widely in many games throughout the life of the console and see this becoming an extremely important feature."

thechosenone2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

Xbox users don't expect GI or dynamic shadows in your version either and that's even more true if the rumors pan out about the 720's lower specs.

silverbeld2145d ago

PS4 and PC really looks the same.

One thing I noticed is the PC brightness is Higher thats why you see a little more details.

papashango2145d ago

hate to be the one to tell you this but its based on x86. Game developers know the in and outs already and so there won't be a magical "scratching the surface".

Pay attention to the industry they are all saying the ps4 is basically a pc. The best games to come out for the ps4 will be from first party devs and indie devs.

Don't expect 3rd party devs to play a major role in game quality this time around.

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Crazyglues2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

I think the take away here is this, -Mark Rein the CEO of Epic said, "that the nex gen consoles had to step it up if they even want to be able to run the Unreal 4 engine"..

So I think he meant memory concerns as the dev kits had like 1.5 gigs which would be too weak.. So Sony has stepped it up and gave us 8 gigs of DDR5 -And here we have it not only running but looking really dam good-

From someone who played Crysis 2 on high-end PC and PS3 I can tell you the visuals are nice on PC but it's still the same game... (it makes it hard for me to justify upgrading my graphics card to a GTX Titan when I'm not really getting much more out the game- Like I was expecting the PC version of Crysis 2 to be different like if I kick a car you hear the metal crunch and the car goes flying and make a crazy explosion.. -that just doesn't happen because these companies are just trying to keep the experience the same across platforms)

This is why PC guys hate console Gamers - because of consoles they are dumb-ing down the PC experience to make it feel the same across the board.

-which sucks if you just bought a GTX Titan so you can play the game at it's full potential and be amazed...

-But anyway I'm really happy with the look of this on the PS4- it looks good enough & close enough to PC that we will be getting some really amazing games on PS4..

Makes the PS4 a great value for what it will end up costing (around 529 -550)

-Day One buy 4 Me.

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JONESY62145d ago

I actually noticed a larger graphical difference between PS4 and PC than I notice with almost all current gen games and PC.

I think that's because the PC versions this gen didn't get much attention, so they were sloppy and didn't look much better than the consoles.

DivineAssault 2145d ago

good enough.. After devs get familiar with the console, it will get better

LOL_WUT2145d ago

Yep, if it looks this good when rushed and with early dev kits then I can only imagine how it would look after they spend more time utilizing the hardware.

Kennytaur2145d ago

The PS4 version seems rushed and not a good representation. Why not compare the Agnis Philosophy demo? it's much better.

fermcr2145d ago

Isn't this duplicate news ?

I've already seen a article PlayStation 4 vs. PC Unreal 4 demo on N4G.

LAWSON722145d ago

That was older comparison between to different demos

majiebeast2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

Wasnt to impressed by the unreal engine 3,4 90% of the games made with it looked like they had a coat of vaseline over them.

The power of the ps4 is gonna come from the engines build in house by the ICE team at Naughty dog not multiplatform engines like unreal 4.


I said 90%. Batman and Bioshock being the exceptions and are probably highly modified unreal 3 engine games even gears 2 has that vaseline coating it looked god awful.

LAWSON722145d ago

Bioshock Infinite say hi

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