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Unreal Engine 4 Graphics Set to Blow Up GDC

Epic Games announced today its intention to make one hell of a splash at this year's Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco. Not only will Epic's Cliffy B be hosting the Game Developer Choice Awards, Epic Games will be conducting limited-attendance reveals for Unreal Engine 4, a technology designed with next-generation gaming in mind.

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Entropic3056d ago

I can't wait to see the first game running on this beast of an engine. I bought a new GTX 590 in part because I was hoping to be able to run an UE4 game at max, but it sounds like I may need to upgrade when that time comes.

TeaDouble_E3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

Unreal 4 tech demo was pretty awesome. I wonder what Batman looks like next gen.

inveni03056d ago

I'm wondering it UE4 will have any Vita or high-end tablet functionality, like how UE3 allows parallel building of iOS platforms.

Shikoro3055d ago

Which UE4 tech demo? If you mean Samaritan, it is not UE4. It is using the latest version of UE3.

Although they are probably overhyping this, UE4 SHOULD look better than Samaritan. Let's hope they don't disappoint. :)

Bladesfist3055d ago

Shikoro: How can an engine look better, you mean it should support more AAA graphics options. Its up to the developers to utilize it.

SilentNegotiator3055d ago (Edited 3055d ago )

@inveni0
Unreal Engine is going to be supported on Vita. I don't know about 4, but hopefully it does, just for the convenience of easy porting.

I hope we see a PRACTICAL presentation this time. I don't really care what they can do with a supercomputer with 3 GTX 580s.

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MaxXAttaxX3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

Should be good. Can't wait to see what it does on the PS4 / PC / X720.

Hopefully no more texture streaming issues or surfaces won't glow/shine with this new engine :P

ProjectVulcan3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

This has to be a proper native DX11 engine. Or at least i hope it would be. This engine is very important just because it is most likely to power dozens of big games over the next 6 or 7 years.

With luck it will also give us clues to the real performance of next generation machines. After all, they said it would be built for the consoles in mind FIRST- remember Sweeney saying that? Only 2 weeks ago it was confirmed to be up and running on a new console that could not be named.

So although it is most likely going to to run on a PC to demo, it may very well be a machine running with console specs in mind. OR- it could possibly even be a bonafide early console devkit! We'll see. Can't wait.

hiredhelp3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

Entropic
Seriously ...
Bad attempt mate telling us that you have twin gpu video card.
If that was true why didnt u wait till aprill for new line nvidia cards.

kaveti66163056d ago

I don't think the new line is coming in April.

And his 590 will be good enough.

hiredhelp3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

Yes m8 my point his card be more than enough, wasnt sure if he was tryng to show off ?..

Word is april dude after amd march realese 7990. We just have to see

Entropic3056d ago

Sorry for any confusion here... Definitely not trying to show off; just stating that I bought the card with the hope of playing UE4 games. I bought it late last year, after hearing that the Keplar series wouldn't be available until late Q1/Q2 of this year.

ChrisW3055d ago

While a 590 is awesome! And I wish I had one, for me and my lowly 480 will probably have to deal with sub-par benchmarks with UE4... I'm certain that it will be optimized for the Kepler (700?) series.

hiredhelp3055d ago

My appologes then sir, just way it sounded.
So you couldnt wait that long lol thats cool same me my 7970 birthday this march but ended up buying it 3 weeks ago most ive ever spent on 1 single card but dont regret it.
Best luck your gtx590

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vortis3056d ago

It's also exciting because they mention they want to support more indie devs...so we'll be seeing a lot of good looking, creative indie titles running on the UE4.

I can't wait for that stuff, too.

Megaton3056d ago

You can max UE3 with a low-end card. I highly doubt UE4 would chew through a 590.

ProjectVulcan3056d ago

It is a next generation engine. Assuming it is built for powerful consoles launched next year, expect it to at the very least stretch current high end GPUs.

This is not unrealistic, because by the time the games begin to flow from the engine in 18 months, this stuff will be midrange at best.

Megaton3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

True, it's a next-gen engine, but rumors about next-gen hardware point to mid-range cards at best. Nothing even close to a 590.

ProjectVulcan3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

I wouldn't bank on that. It is possible that next gen consoles are only midrange, but at least one them is likely to be a powerhouse machine and implement a GPU from the current HD 7000 series or next generation Nvidia architecture. These cards will not be far off a GTX590, but more importantly they would be more efficient in a console. You'll need more power in a PC.

It was pretty clear although 7800GTX/X1800 were good just before 360 arrived, after 2 years they really weren't good enough once developers exploited the consoles better. Lets not forget this, that kind of card is not that great in UE3. Neither would get you more than 1024 x 768 high settings on even early UE3 games like Bioshock or Gears if War.

Chances are that pretty much any current cards will not be great on UE4 games in 2 years either.

Colwyn3056d ago

im hoping someone calls scotland yard because it seems like there will be Bombs at GDC. hopefully they can stop them in time.

360GamerFG3056d ago

I'm hoping your lame dry jokes end soon.

cannon88003056d ago

If its going to "blow up" gdc, then I'm not going. I don't want to die.

Anon19743055d ago

I expect their demo's will be jaw dropping, but I doubt it'll have any real impact in the games being developed. We already have PC's capable of so much more than what we're seeing, but the bottleneck isn't software and hardware - it's the developers.

It still takes a tremendous amount of time, talent and money to push out the best possible graphics and the reality is there are few developers that have the resources necessary to push the envelope.

A new Unreal engine, new hardware, new consoles - none of those will change this fact. You can have a jet that can fly Mach 3, but unless you have someone to pilot the thing, it ain't getting off the ground.

Games are no different, otherwise every game already would look like Witcher 2 or Battlefield 3 and clearly that's not happening.

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OC_MurphysLaw3056d ago

What I like seeing is that not only are we seeing hints and signs from Hardware for a next generation leap (specifically the console rumors) but we are seeing more and more software houses putting out jobs for next gen development. And ofcourse Epic showing off Unreal 4 behind closed doors can only mean one thing... there is new hardware coming in the not so distant future capable of taking advantage of it.

There can be only one reason why Epic is doing this behind closed doors...and that is they have an agreement with one of the big 3 not to show off anything before that hardware company can make their announcement. All eyes should be squarely on E3 after GDC for sure. Why else would Epic not being showing off their engine? Surely they would want to show the world what can be done...that is unless they agreed not to since they will be a major part of someones hardware unveil.

Khordchange3056d ago

GDC is gonna be so fn awesome

TheGamingArt3056d ago

It's going to be Unreal! See what I did there. No but seriously, I hate their engine.

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