Epic Raises the Bar in Development with Unreal Engine 4 for PlayStation 4


unreal_engine_4 (1)The fourth edition in the popular Unreal Engine from Epic for PlayStation 4 was recently shown on GDC. The first time the Unreal Engine was launched in 1998, it had unbelievable visuals, and even today, Epic has continued to hold onto that standard. Every new version of the engine has always thrilled gamers by an enhanced degree. Today, it is one of the most commonly used gaming engines and that it has come on the latest version of PS, gamers would find themselves in heaven.

The new PlayStation 4 demo shows a blazing demon rising from his sleep amidst volcanic eruption. The special lighting and visual effects are simply stunning, and gives an impression that everything is built geometrically. Experts suggest that the new Unreal Engine would power the coming line of licensed games on PlayStation 4 and other platforms. It cannot be denied that this time again, Epic has raised the visual level by several steps.

Since, the studio was formed last year, its Seattle team had been working on the Unreal Engine 4. Towards the end of the last year, Square Enix came out with news that it would be the first firm to license the new engine. A glimpse at Unreal Engine 4 demo would give a clear indication about the visual effects one can experience in the new-generation consoles.

The demo was dubbed as ‘Infiltrator’ and used a unique and new lighting method. The special technique is known as the Sparse Voxel Octree Global Illumination lighting system that is claimed to make lesser demands on the hardware. The effects on the PS4 were spectacular and experts claim that it would have certainly looked dazzling on PC.

unreal_engine_4 (5)Epic Games had last year come out with a PDF explaining how the Engine works. Its head had revealed that this engine would be launched with Epic’s new game Fortnite that would be a PC-only game. The firm had also informed that the game would be launched this year.

The Unreal Engine is one of the most widely used, versatile and popular gaming engines on the market. The engine has been used for powering a large number of games. The most popular names in this list include the Gears of War franchise for Xbox 360, the Batman Arkham franchise, the BioShock franchise and Borderlands 2.

The PlayStation 4 was introduced by Sony in February 2013. It would be powered by the AMD x86 processor and have a staggering 8 GB RAM supported by a huge hard drive. It would have a redesigned controller, known popularly as DualShock 4. It would come with a special touch pad with a share button, light bar for player identification and a headphone jack. The light bar can also be used as a Move Sensor via a 3D camera.

It would be worthwhile waiting for Unreal Engine 4’s launch on PS4, and more interestingly on PC. Gaming world experts believe that with the lighting effects being so spectacular on PS4, the results on PC would be something unseen of before.



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