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Epic Shows Off Mind Blowing Next-Gen Graphics

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 90 comments

The Game Developer Conference is going on right now, and Epic Games just showed something behind closed doors that will blow your mind.

Epic Games is now more than just a games developer – it's an engine technology maker that licenses its software to other developers to help designers make the games rather than the tools. Now at GDC, Epic is showing off the most bleeding-edge version of Unreal Engine 3.

Judging by where everyone's jaws have dropped, it's odd that Epic isn't calling this Unreal Engine 4, but Epic's Mark Rein did say that if he had to assign it a version number, this would be Unreal 3.975.

Keep in mind that all the images that you see here, as close to CG as they are, run off of three GeForce GTX 580 GPUs – so the hardware to run these sort of graphics are available off the shelf today.

Of course, not everyone has trio of GTX 580 cards sitting around, but Rein did clarify that this engine is scalable all the way up from an iPhone 3GS, with all the details dialed down to the minimum, of course.

“Another thing that’s awesome is that the engine now scales all the way from an iPhone 3GS up to next-generation hardware. That means you could theoretically make a game that’d run on every single one of these devices. Mobile phones to tablets to set top boxes,” said Rein.

We want a game to play that looks like this right now, but the purpose of this tech demo isn't to show off Gears of War 4. Epic made this to tell hardware makers of what kind of targets developers will be aiming at in the next-generation.

“The whole idea behind this is to tell the hardware manufacturers that this is what you should be doing down the road,” Rein explained.

While we already have desktop GPUs that can do the stunning things seen in the screenshots, it would be a shame if the next-generation consoles wouldn't be able to handle at least this.

Read more about the demo at VG247.

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    kartu , March 4, 2011 8:27 AM
    It's amazing.
    Even more amazing is how crappy is image viewing on thg site. Is it like that on purpose, to get more clicks?
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    N.Broekhuijsen , March 4, 2011 8:36 AM
    kartuIt's amazing.Even more amazing is how crappy is image viewing on thg site. Is it like that on purpose, to get more clicks?

    Yeah just like the rating system has been disabled so that the SPAM comments don't instantly get rated down to -4 and dissapear!
    Tom's is making money off the spammers without us realizing...

    What other excuse is there for the broken rating system? it works in the forums, not in the news articles....
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    joytech22 , March 4, 2011 8:25 AM
    Wow this is amazing!

    It's as good, if not better, than the Cryengine 3 snapshot images that we're shown a while back.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , March 4, 2011 8:12 AM
    :o 
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    joytech22 , March 4, 2011 8:25 AM
    Wow this is amazing!

    It's as good, if not better, than the Cryengine 3 snapshot images that we're shown a while back.
  • 23 Hide
    kartu , March 4, 2011 8:27 AM
    It's amazing.
    Even more amazing is how crappy is image viewing on thg site. Is it like that on purpose, to get more clicks?
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    N.Broekhuijsen , March 4, 2011 8:36 AM
    kartuIt's amazing.Even more amazing is how crappy is image viewing on thg site. Is it like that on purpose, to get more clicks?

    Yeah just like the rating system has been disabled so that the SPAM comments don't instantly get rated down to -4 and dissapear!
    Tom's is making money off the spammers without us realizing...

    What other excuse is there for the broken rating system? it works in the forums, not in the news articles....
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    darkchazz , March 4, 2011 9:06 AM
    Looks great.
    I wonder why the CryEngine 3 tech demo hasn't been posted on any website except for gametrailers, that one looked stunning and way better than any crysis 2 video they have shown.
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    elcentral , March 4, 2011 9:17 AM
    not mindblowing to me this is whot dx11 is all about and when this form of dx 11 is rdy to shipp ima getting me a hig end dx 11 card. whot is interesting tho is how much this will take to get running smooth unreal is one of my top engiens for grapics in the world, so i think its not gonna be to bloody power hungry eather.
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    scrumworks , March 4, 2011 9:19 AM
    Epic is promoting smoking. Nice.
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    elcentral , March 4, 2011 9:22 AM
    elcentralnot mindblowing to me this is whot dx11 is all about and when this form of dx 11 is rdy to shipp ima getting me a hig end dx 11 card. whot is interesting tho is how much this will take to get running smooth unreal is one of my top engiens for grapics in the world, so i think its not gonna be to bloody power hungry eather.


    the game is sadly already out on torrent. hope they whont rage like last time on pc. beside whot i haw tested its nothing special in the grapics department crysis 1 is still way more compelling. and the game play is alot more leanier no real open world. but stearing and controling in the fps is way better and its not as power hungry seens all the physics of the plants is gone.
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    belardo , March 4, 2011 9:23 AM
    Tom's not here anymore.

    What sucks... No gears of War 2, 3 or 4 for PC.
    UT3 sucked balls because of BAD level design (5 playable maps out of 33) and disabled the ability ZOOM in/out of your vehicles like in UT2004 - which may game play UNFUN. Empty servers for a 2 year old game.
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    salimbest83 , March 4, 2011 9:26 AM
    scrumworksEpic is promoting smoking. Nice.


    pls dont.. i dont want my child be a smoker
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    rantoc , March 4, 2011 9:48 AM
    Nice to see some dev who actually bother using what DX11 have been providing for some time now - Pretty much a feast in graphic possibility's yet underutilized due to lack of hardware (mostly consoles fault especially the old dx9 based xbox 360 that should be replaced by a DX11 capable one if MS truly cares about the future of gaming).

    But yeah it always holds true - Pc always pushes the gfx to the next level and then the budget options follows in due time!
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2011 10:26 AM
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Unreal 3 look close to CGI in screenshots too. UT3 looked A LOT different in action. After all these years of gaming and ultra pretty screenshots I'm jaded.
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    ssddx , March 4, 2011 10:40 AM
    elcentral,
    is that even english? that said, did you not read the part about these images taking THREE gtx580 cards to process? as of this moment the technology does scale down, but don't expect top tier graphics.

    belardo,
    i've played on every single UT3 map. some are a bit cramped but none are unplayable. what made the game not as fun as previous versions was the change from brightly colored foes (which were easy to see) in a reflex-clicking shoot-em-up into a semi-realistic setting where enemy foes blend in with the surroundings more. I have to give epic props for the visuals but the gameplay is what truley counts.

    rantoc,
    i agree that it will take a long time for this to trickle down to what we actually see... what with all the console porting lately. all companies in the market care about the future of gaming, console porting is just the most viable option right now. why develop soley for a pc platform when it will just be torrented? i've said it once and i'll say it again.. torrents have ruined the industry.
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    Ciuy , March 4, 2011 10:51 AM
    GODDAAAAMN, i got to get me a pair of 580s...
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    djab , March 4, 2011 10:52 AM
    Even if it can run on a triple 580 setting, it would be good to be able to run this with only one single gpu graphic card costing less than an arm and a leg.
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    killerclick , March 4, 2011 11:05 AM
    I don't care about how good they can make the graphics, I care about what they do with it. Cookie-cutter console FPS crap doesn't interest me no matter how awesome the graphics are.
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    nebun , March 4, 2011 11:12 AM
    consoles are weak...PC gaming is cumming back :) ....i for one, can't stand consoles
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    nebun , March 4, 2011 11:14 AM
    salimbest83pls dont.. i dont want my child be a smoker

    smoking calms the brain...why not :) 
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    g00fysmiley , March 4, 2011 11:32 AM
    its coments liek the smoking ones that make me want to start smoking... i wouldn't ... but the only thing more annoying than having wo wade through smoke is the people yellign and bitching about the person smoking...


    anyway like the escreenshots it looks excellent wonde rhow the scaling will go and if it'll be able to justify an upgrade from my 2x gts 450's ... maybe to a pair of 570's :D 
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2011 12:10 PM
    Why is the image system still broken(I dont call clicking an image 4 times for articles like these with many images). Why isn't the concerned department doing anything - its been this way since forever, man cheapo sites have better interfaces than this; nd now the rating systems broken since more than a month now? Common toms u were better than this; the articles r mostly gud, but th website interface stinks.
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