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Epic Revealing Unreal Engine 4 Later This Year

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Unreal Engine 4 will be revealed sometime this year, says Epic VP Mark Rein.

G4TV reports that Unreal Engine 4 will be revealed sometime this year. The announcement was made by Epic Games vice president Mark Rein at the DICE 2012 summit while he was talking to G4TV about Epic founder Tim Sweeney's contribution to the gaming world.

"People are going to be shocked later this year when they see Unreal Engine 4 and how much more profound an effect it will have," Rein said.

Epic is expected to reveal more information about Unreal Engine 4 later today at DICE 2012. In the meantime, additional reports are claiming that Mark Rein is saying that Unreal Engine 4 is already up and running on a variety of hardware "including systems we can't name yet."

It's easy to speculate that Epic has Unreal Engine 4 running on an iPad 3, the Wii U and Microsoft's Next Xbox SDK. Heck, it might even be up and running on Apple's rumored iTV, but highly unlikely any kind of PlayStation 4 is in the picture (could be wrong though).

If Epic dishes out a press release sometime today, we'll post it right here, so stay tuned.

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    kcorp2003 , February 11, 2012 10:23 PM
    I remember Epic boss Tim Sweeney said:

    "There is a long life ahead for Unreal Engine 3. Version 4 will exclusively target the next console generation, Microsoft's successor for the Xbox 360, Sony's successor for the Playstation 3 - and if Nintendo ships a machine with similar hardware specs, then that also. PCs will follow after that"

    I hated him for this.
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    IndignantSkeptic , February 11, 2012 10:42 PM
    Quote:

    ...PCs will follow after that"

    I hated him for this.


    Yeah, basically all developers have snubbed the PC. That's why basically all games have been held back in technical sophistication; it's so those games will fit on the consoles. I think I saw somewhere that console versions of games sell about 10 times higher than PC versions of those games. Also I think the number of PCs with superior hardware to consoles is much higher which just makes this situation look much worse if true.
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    tomfreak , February 11, 2012 11:18 PM
    IndignantSkepticYeah, basically all developers have snubbed the PC. That's why basically all games have been held back in technical sophistication; it's so those games will fit on the consoles. I think I saw somewhere that console versions of games sell about 10 times higher than PC versions of those games. Also I think the number of PCs with superior hardware to consoles is much higher which just makes this situation look much worse if true.
    Piracy on console are still here, they are still as big as ever, My friend's friend is a big time pirate, he got a huge collection of pirate ps3 games. The developer should stop blaming pirates, if they create a good game people will buy it.

    A bunch of us PC gamers need more reason to upgrade our PCs. having a 5yrs old 9800GT PC able to play a 2010 game Assasin Creed 2 brotherhood @ Max detail @ 1680x1050 is just SOOO WRONG.
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    kcorp2003 , February 11, 2012 10:23 PM
    I remember Epic boss Tim Sweeney said:

    "There is a long life ahead for Unreal Engine 3. Version 4 will exclusively target the next console generation, Microsoft's successor for the Xbox 360, Sony's successor for the Playstation 3 - and if Nintendo ships a machine with similar hardware specs, then that also. PCs will follow after that"

    I hated him for this.
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    EDVINASM , February 11, 2012 10:34 PM
    Can prove to be a good benchmark for new ATI and NVidia GPUs. Last year they ran it on multiple GTX580 but since new architecture should be 2x faster.. Do the math :)  Bored to death with Unigen and 3D Marks.
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    IndignantSkeptic , February 11, 2012 10:42 PM
    Quote:

    ...PCs will follow after that"

    I hated him for this.


    Yeah, basically all developers have snubbed the PC. That's why basically all games have been held back in technical sophistication; it's so those games will fit on the consoles. I think I saw somewhere that console versions of games sell about 10 times higher than PC versions of those games. Also I think the number of PCs with superior hardware to consoles is much higher which just makes this situation look much worse if true.
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    alidan , February 11, 2012 11:00 PM
    IndignantSkepticI doubt very much the Ipad3 can run UE4. I doubt it could even run UE3. Also I seriously doubt its screen will have higher resolution than Blu-Ray. I doubt the Wii U could run UE4 but I believe it could run UE3 better than PS3 and Xbox360.


    ipad and iphone 3 ipod touch 3 run unreal 3.

    i was hoping they made an engine that ran better on lesser hardware, as in look at crysis 1 to crysis 2, about the same graphics with out dx11 but crysis 2 ran so much better.

    lets hope that this isnt a brute force engine and it has some amount of finesse.
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    segio526 , February 11, 2012 11:01 PM
    IndignantSkepticI doubt very much the Ipad3 can run UE4. I doubt it could even run UE3. Also I seriously doubt its screen will have higher resolution than Blu-Ray. I doubt the Wii U could run UE4 but I believe it could run UE3 better than PS3 and Xbox360.

    I'll assume you are a troll, but for people who may read this and think it's accurate here's my take on it.

    UE3 already runs on iPad, iPad2, iPhone, iPod Touch, and several Android devices. Here's a list of iPad games that run on UE3:

    Infinity Blade
    Epic Citidel
    N.O.V.A 3
    Afterlife-Ground Zero
    Infection
    Warm Gun
    Desert Zombies-Last Stand

    Epic makes the Unreal Engine extremely scaleble so it can run on low-end hard and take advantage of high-end hardware. If memory servers me right, UE4 is supposed to highly threaded as well which will be great for things like Tegra 3 tablets, 4 to 16 thread PC processors, and probably most of the next-gen consoles.
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    tomfreak , February 11, 2012 11:18 PM
    IndignantSkepticYeah, basically all developers have snubbed the PC. That's why basically all games have been held back in technical sophistication; it's so those games will fit on the consoles. I think I saw somewhere that console versions of games sell about 10 times higher than PC versions of those games. Also I think the number of PCs with superior hardware to consoles is much higher which just makes this situation look much worse if true.
    Piracy on console are still here, they are still as big as ever, My friend's friend is a big time pirate, he got a huge collection of pirate ps3 games. The developer should stop blaming pirates, if they create a good game people will buy it.

    A bunch of us PC gamers need more reason to upgrade our PCs. having a 5yrs old 9800GT PC able to play a 2010 game Assasin Creed 2 brotherhood @ Max detail @ 1680x1050 is just SOOO WRONG.
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    fb39ca4 , February 11, 2012 11:29 PM
    About time. You can max out pretty much any UE3 game nowadays with a decent upper-midrange GPU.
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    nforce4max , February 12, 2012 12:10 AM
    Better than nothing I suppose. In the era of soon to be Kepler vs Radeon 7xx0 and later on down the road 8xx0 I wouldn't be surprised if things continue as they are a ancient 6 year old 8800gtx will likely still play next years games max or near max at 1600x900 with ease.
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2012 12:14 AM
    I don't understand how the next Xbox with it's 6670 based GPU could possibly run UE4.... I thought we saw a video awhile back showing that it takes THREE GTX580's to do it.
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    lashabane , February 12, 2012 12:19 AM
    IndignantSkepticI doubt very much the Ipad3 can run UE4. I doubt it could even run UE3. Also I seriously doubt its screen will have higher resolution than Blu-Ray. I doubt the Wii U could run UE4 but I believe it could run UE3 better than PS3 and Xbox360.

    I dub thee "Sir Doubting Thomas".
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    the_krasno , February 12, 2012 12:21 AM
    IndignantSkepticYeah, basically all developers have snubbed the PC. That's why basically all games have been held back in technical sophistication; it's so those games will fit on the consoles. I think I saw somewhere that console versions of games sell about 10 times higher than PC versions of those games. Also I think the number of PCs with superior hardware to consoles is much higher which just makes this situation look much worse if true.


    But Steam doesn't release precise numbers of games sold, so the gap is actually smaller than that. Not that they give a shit about it, though...
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    A Bad Day , February 12, 2012 12:50 AM
    Sadly, we the owners of powerful PC rigs are considerably outnumbered by people who think consoles>PC or has just enough money for a console.

    I'd love to see a gaming rig for $200, but then again, you go with consoles, you better keep your game purchases in check because Microsoft, Sony and now Nintendo subsidize their consoles' prices with inflated games' prices.
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    IndignantSkeptic , February 12, 2012 12:52 AM
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    I'll assume you are a troll, but for people who may read this and think it's accurate here's my take on it.

    UE3 already runs on iPad, iPad2, iPhone, iPod Touch, and several Android devices. Here's a list of iPad games that run on UE3:

    Infinity Blade
    Epic Citidel
    N.O.V.A 3
    Afterlife-Ground Zero
    Infection
    Warm Gun
    Desert Zombies-Last Stand

    Epic makes the Unreal Engine extremely scaleble so it can run on low-end hard and take advantage of high-end hardware. If memory servers me right, UE4 is supposed to highly threaded as well which will be great for things like Tegra 3 tablets, 4 to 16 thread PC processors, and probably most of the next-gen consoles.




    I was not aware that UE3 was powering those games; I thought it was UE2. If I was Epic I wouldn't want anyone to know that that was UE3.
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    tomfreak , February 12, 2012 1:19 AM
    part of the reason why I am getting Sabertooth mobo, because it has 5 yrs warranty. It is guaranty to run at least 5 yrs. If I take care enough it could last 8-10yrs easily. Pair up with a 7yrs warranty PSU, lifetime warranty GPU/RAM = Looks like PC components that design to last longer looks better deal for me than the typical ones, because I know that it will be unlikely my 2500K+GTX570 become retiring from Gaming rig in another 5-7yrs. I hope I was wrong.... I really hope.....but looks like I will be right.
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    Camikazi , February 12, 2012 2:44 AM
    Tomfreakpart of the reason why I am getting Sabertooth mobo, because it has 5 yrs warranty. It is guaranty to run at least 5 yrs. If I take care enough it could last 8-10yrs easily. Pair up with a 7yrs warranty PSU, lifetime warranty GPU/RAM = Looks like PC components that design to last longer looks better deal for me than the typical ones, because I know that it will be unlikely my 2500K+GTX570 become retiring from Gaming rig in another 5-7yrs. I hope I was wrong.... I really hope.....but looks like I will be right.

    DO your computers normally die in less then 5 years? I have computers with parts that I bought cause they were the cheapest that have been running for about 7 years. This is while one of them was running in a little closet that has the heater for the house in it.
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    mr_wobbles , February 12, 2012 3:56 AM
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    Hey, guys, don't you get it! For years developers are pushing the visuals and completely neglecting the gameplay! Modern games are pure garbage! Since the invention of 3D accelerators and the 1st person shooter before that - the game quality deteriorates each year. Current games are all boring, lame copies of the same shit - trolls, goblins, orcs, troll, goblins, orcs, undead, undead, orcs... over and over again! Just look the current "top" RPG - and endless world of pure repetitiveness, emptiness - simply -> pure shit - Skyrim. That's supposed to be an RPG? I don't play Japanese RPGs, so I don't have any opinion on the but the last good Western RPGs were made on the 2D Infinity engine. All we usually get is recycled old shit. Well, with Assasin's Creed they tried to make something original.
    Even stupid Angry Birds have more gameplay and fun than that shiny, shader filled 3D garbage, they are calling games. Most of them are simply bad interactive 3D movies. Better just go to the movies and watch a movie. Sometimes movies are not too bad because they are at least directed by professional directors, while most games are directed by... ex-programmers who think they can "direct".
    ..
    Sir, You are right. The last FPS that I WANTED to play was Hl2 because simply people dont make games that have anything cool anymore.
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    belardo , February 12, 2012 4:42 AM
    IndignantSkepticYeah, basically all developers have snubbed the PC.~ I think I saw somewhere that console versions of games sell about 10 times higher than PC versions of those games. Also I think the number of PCs with superior hardware to consoles is much higher which just makes this situation look much worse if true.

    If it were that good... but no. A crappy selling game on a console would be a million units. A blockbuster for a PC would be 100,000. So yeah, they may sell 10~20 million copies of a game for the 360 / PS3 while the same title may sell 40~80,000 for PC.

    I guess UT4 won't ever be made... especially after the UT3 debacle.
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    hotchrisbfries , February 12, 2012 5:06 AM
    If its anything like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSXyztq_0uM

    I'll be happy :) 
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    Benihana , February 12, 2012 5:42 AM
    I just hope customizing controls will be much improved over the previous engines. Spending time editing text documents to have my settings restored to default when I run the game is no fun at all.
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