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Epic Shows Off Mind Blowing Next-Gen Graphics

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    :o
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  • joytech22
    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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  • kartu
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Epic is promoting smoking. Nice.
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  • elcentral
    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
    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
    scrumworksEpic is promoting smoking. Nice.
    pls dont.. i dont want my child be a smoker
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