Rumor: Nintendo has tweaked the Wii U so it can run Unreal Engine 4

The rumour begins on NeoGAF, where a user has stated that their friend has a source whose a developer within a company that does work “on pretty much every system”. And according to them, Epic has Unreal Engine 4 running on the hardware, with Nintendo specifically tweaking the hardware to make it happen.

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slavish2439d ago (Edited 2439d ago )

wii-u maybe top dog when it releases, but when the next xbox/ps4 come out if its the only one that can't run Unreal Engine 4 then they could lose a lot of multiplatform support. I don't see developers using two engines on AAA+ multiplatform games just like now multiplatform games only release on 360/ps3/pc, no wii.

PSVITAlitysensor2439d ago

Agreed. So hopefully they have tweaked it.... All of Nintendo's first party games combined with 3rd party games will make the best game console ever.

Just fantasizing :P

hakis862439d ago (Edited 2439d ago )

Woooha, people, hold your horses, ok?

Just because Wii U might support the Unreal Engine 4, does it mean that it will run it in 1080p maxed out? No.

Will the next Xbox or Playstation run the UE4 maxed out? Not likely.

As with UE3 (Samaritan demo), you need a kick-ass PC (with 3x Geforce GTX 580's if I remember correctly) to run it smoothly maxed out.
Let's remember Gears or Batman, which looks much sharper, has more details and more frames per second on a PC, in 1080p+, than it does on the 360 in 720 or less.

So YES next-gen consoles WILL support the "engine" and get better tools, better animations etc, but the hardware of the consoles will decide how high the detail level in-game will be.

cheers =)

closnyc2439d ago

haha you havent read the news about how the new kepler cards (680), single GPU can run samaritan demo? iamgine what we will ahve by the time next gen consoles come out, poor lil babies. I ll
support nintendo though, they know who to make pretty games, HD pretty games by nintendo is a must buy for me, for the hardcore i will use my pc not a poser console.

hakis862439d ago

Of course Kepler will be more powerful - when they are availible ;-)

arjman2438d ago

Epic changed the AA method in the demo to improve performance, they used FXAA which is much less demanding than the 4xMSAA used by the three GTX580s. Epic said they could run the Samaritan demo off a single GTX580 if they tried it with FXAA and the optimisations they've made.

So no, the GTX680 won't be as powerful as three 580s but it will be a good jump in performance.

yabhero2438d ago

that's assuming nextbox and ps4 are so much more powerful (which i doubt) IGN says nextbox and WiiU are close in power... if thats true the devs will focus on thise for a larger audience... that means multiplats for all. I still am hoping you guys aren't too disappointed when the next box and ps4 arent as powerful as u all assume

slavish2438d ago (Edited 2438d ago )

well you only stated assumptions too. IGN doesn't know whats in the next xbox like they dont know whats in the next wii, they post rumors daily. ps4/next xbox wont be out for about a year after the wii-u. Its safe to assume they will be substantially more powerful knowing there history. Nintendo isn't known for releasing cutting edge hardware anymore, face it.

stragomccloud2437d ago

Agreed. Nintendo can't afford another problem with 3rd party developers like they did with the Wii.

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Titanz2439d ago

They want the Wii U to cater to all markets.

Shok2439d ago (Edited 2439d ago )

I'm pretty sure a modernized 4870 and a Power 7 CPU would be able to run it in the first place.

Anyways, I'd expect that they'd do this. Nintendo wants 3rd party support back, so why wouldn't they support the UE4? Supporting that engine guarantees 99% of all multiplats will be put on your system. I'd say this is pretty much a given.

aceitman2439d ago

if they do they really need to have a controller to fit the games . a style like 360 or ps3 and they could have a shot at it.

ZippyZapper2439d ago (Edited 2439d ago )

Considering how many games use UE this gen Nintendo would be stupid not to.

Agent_hitman2439d ago

Seems legit, I believe ninty is trying to grab the hardcore gamers again so that is why they are working with Epic games, the owner of UE 4

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