The Future Looks Good
Early today Epic Games showed off their newest engine for the upcoming nextgen console, Unreal Engine 5 and it was shown on a Playstation 5! Not only was it shown on a PS5 but this was an actual real time gameplay demo that we were given for the first time. Epic Games went on to describe how this engine makes the visuals look so real and how their engine creates a more lifelike movement in your character.
See how Epic Games describe their engine:
Nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry frees artists to create as much geometric detail as the eye can see. Nanite virtualized geometry means that film-quality source art comprising hundreds of millions or billions of polygons can be imported directly into Unreal Engine—anything from ZBrush sculpts to photogrammetry scans to CAD data—and it just works. Nanite geometry is streamed and scaled in real time so there are no more polygon count budgets, polygon memory budgets, or draw count budgets; there is no need to bake details to normal maps or manually author LODs; and there is no loss in quality.
Lumen is a fully dynamic global Illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes. The system renders diffuse interreflection with infinite bounces and indirect specular reflections in huge, detailed environments, at scales ranging from kilometers to millimeters. Artists and designers can create more dynamic scenes using Lumen, for example, changing the sun angle for time of day, turning on a flashlight, or blowing a hole in the ceiling, and indirect lighting will adapt accordingly. Lumen erases the need to wait for lightmap bakes to finish and to author light map UVs—a huge time savings when an artist can move a light inside the Unreal Editor and lighting looks the same as when the game is run on console.
Now this engine won’t be ready for developers until late 2021 so do not expect any titles coming to the Xbox Series X or Playstation 5 anytime soon. Until we will enjoy the 4.25 version for the next couple of years which isn’t exactly the worst thing in the world. What did you think about this unveiling of Epic Games newest engine?
- May 13, 2020
Adam Gorman, @FirstChoiceAdam