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Unreal Engine 4 Not For Current Platforms (Except Kepler)

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Unreal Engine 4 won't run on current hardware... except for Nvidia's Kepler, that is.

There's nothing like a game engine you can't run. That means the current hardware platform doesn't have what it takes to render the graphical goodness the software has to offer. It also means it's time to invest in new components or, if you're a console junkie, wait for Microsoft and Sony to cough up a new box. That's where we stand with Unreal Engine 4.

"We’ve started a behind-closed-doors showing of the engine to developers; this is part of our very early ramp-up cycle," said Epic CEO Tim Sweeney in an interview on Monday. "We went through this cycle with Unreal Engine 3 starting in 2003 and 2004. At some point, we’ll make public announcements and ramp up to the point where developers are shipping games, but it’s very early right now. We’re aiming very high, and the intended platforms this is aimed at haven’t even been announced."

Later on in the interview, Sweeney was questioned about what Epic wants from the next-generation of consoles that would help make their games better. His answer same in two parts: they want a mainstream device that hooks into all of the user's social circles in addition to the features of the current generation. They also want as many teraflops as is economically possible to deliver to consumers, as this will enable Epic to create the best quality experience as possible which in turn will drive consumers to purchase a new machine.

"The thing that separates consoles from FarmVille is the fact that consoles define the high-end gaming experience," he said. "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and those games are the best out there, bar none. And so the big opportunities for future consoles is to bring that to an entirely new level by delivering a dramatic increase in raw computing power."

What Epic doesn't want is a device that's as open as Android. "Android is anarchy," he added. "It's extremely hard to ship a game that actually works on a large number of Android devices, because there's so much variety and so much openness and a lack of cohesive certification process for applications. We do not want open as in Android -- that would be a disaster for the business."

Getting back to Unreal Engine 4, Epic hopes to showcase the new platform in public by the end of 2012. It's also reportedly running on a single card powered by Nvidia's Kepler hardware. Last year the Unreal Engine 3-based "Samaritan" demo required three high-end Nvidia cards and a monster PSU -- now it runs on the same single Kepler-based board used by the UE4 demos.

"We can get so more out of that card than what you saw in Samaritan," said Epic Games VP Rein during GDC. Sounds like hardware is finally catching up with the software.

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    ultimatum , May 9, 2012 10:08 AM
    "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

    i lol'd...
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    opmopadop , May 9, 2012 10:10 AM
    "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

    Oh come on, they just dont get it do they?
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    amdphenomx4 , May 9, 2012 10:09 AM
    So in other words, they're too lazy to make a PC game so they just forget about the fact that PCs today are more powerful than the next gen consoles and say that consoles define high-end gaming, which none of them even play in 720P, unlike the majority of PC gamers.
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  • 89 Hide
    ultimatum , May 9, 2012 10:08 AM
    "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

    i lol'd...
  • 8 Hide
    alterecho , May 9, 2012 10:08 AM
    TWIMTBP from the get go i see.
  • 43 Hide
    amdphenomx4 , May 9, 2012 10:09 AM
    So in other words, they're too lazy to make a PC game so they just forget about the fact that PCs today are more powerful than the next gen consoles and say that consoles define high-end gaming, which none of them even play in 720P, unlike the majority of PC gamers.
  • 46 Hide
    opmopadop , May 9, 2012 10:10 AM
    "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

    Oh come on, they just dont get it do they?
  • 21 Hide
    kraelic , May 9, 2012 10:11 AM
    So, yeah.... but can it play unreal 4?
  • 28 Hide
    Plasmid , May 9, 2012 10:22 AM
    I'm willing to bet it's a software limitation rather than a hardware limitation. I can't believe a console will be having anything as powerful in its guts as Kepler.
  • 1 Hide
    Davil , May 9, 2012 10:26 AM
    Oh maybe COD4 Modern Brofare 4 will have slightly graphics on PS4
  • 30 Hide
    rantoc , May 9, 2012 10:26 AM
    I had enough of this joker, when saying a thing like the "current" 5 years old consoles are having the best gfx out there its like saying black-white television is the bleeding edge in broadcasting - The only purpose that would serve is to appear as a total and utter moron stuck in the past.
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    ohim , May 9, 2012 10:33 AM
    Game developers are saying that they went to consoles because no piracy .. well ... the 2 platforms at this moment are the same ... on bouth you can play pirated versions of the games , but if you want to play the multiplayer content you`ll have to buy the game on either of the platforms ... so this bullshit with PC has more piracy is going nowhere. Computers are about evolution, they drove the graphics in games further and further with each year ... consoles are just for the money not for evolution. There goes the fast evolution in graphics ....
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    Goldengoose , May 9, 2012 10:46 AM
    Opened up this news page thinking he was going to be talking about pushing PC hardware. Seriously disappointed in the outcome.

    CONSOLES?!!! gtfo
  • 33 Hide
    jankeke , May 9, 2012 10:58 AM
    "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

    How can he say that and not get struck by lightning ? Moron ...
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    Vorador2 , May 9, 2012 11:11 AM
    So they finally admited they don't count the PC as a gaming platform?

    Sad to see a company with so much history go for the easy money so blatantly.
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    king_maliken , May 9, 2012 11:26 AM
    I'm tired of these lazy morons... It shouldn't always be about the $, try making something ground breaking and you'll make money.
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    tomfreak , May 9, 2012 11:37 AM
    Someone need to destroy all the Xbox360 and playstation 3 development kits in the entire world. So these lazy moron can move on next platform.
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    silverblue , May 9, 2012 11:47 AM
    Quote:
    Getting back to Unreal Engine 4, Epic hopes to showcase the new platform in public by the end of 2012. It's also reportedly running on a single card powered by Nvidia's Kepler hardware. Last year the Unreal Engine 3-based "Samaritan" demo required three high-end Nvidia cards and a monster PSU -- now it runs on the same single Kepler-based board used by the UE4 demos.

    "We can get so more out of that card than what you saw in Samaritan," said Epic Games VP Rein during GDC. Sounds like hardware is finally catching up with the software.


    Yeah, because GCN would be so unable to handle the workload.

    *rolleyes*

    I'm beginning to wonder about Epic.
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    x3style , May 9, 2012 11:49 AM
    Tim Sweeney"The thing that separates Real Developers from Lazy ass Profiteers is the fact that consoles define the Lazy ass Developers gaming experience," he said. "When you look for the Biggest Idiots available in the whole game industry today, you look at Epic and Unreal Engine 4, and those two are the biggest out there, bar none. And so the big opportunities for future Idiots is to bring that to an entirely new level by delivering a dramatic increase in raw Stupidity power."


    There you go i fixed it for ya! ;) 

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    iceman1992 , May 9, 2012 11:49 AM
    Quote:
    consoles define the high-end gaming experience
    Nice joke ;) 
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    x3style , May 9, 2012 11:54 AM
    aggroboyProblems of PC:1. Whatever horsepower advantage PC has gets swamped under layers upon layers of compatibilities and wrappers, just to make it work with billions of driver/OS/version/hardware permutations. John Carmack himself mentioned the hoops he had to jump just for one GPU vendor.2. A stable hardware platform like PS3/X360 for many years allows for developers to heavily optimize for it. That trumps the moving target that is the PC.3. PC Piracy. Really bad. Whatever claim you make about Xbox360 piracy, at least they can move millions on that platform.4. Terrible value for money. PS3 was introduced in 2006, and only in 2008 an expensive PC can play the same games today.5. Deceptively small, disproportionately vocal and polarized market.

    How Blizzard does it is just magic i guess.
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    Wisecracker , May 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    Tim?

    Just say, "NO!"

    Put down the crack pipe, and lay off the magic mushrooms.

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