XI
you are not logged in
News

Unreal Engine 4 Up And Running On Next-Gen Consoles

Surprised?

Speaking at the recent DICE summit, Epic’s Mark Rein has confirmed that Unreal Engine 4 is already up and running on next generation consoles.

Picked up by GAF, Rein said that the engine, the last version of which was famously used to power Gears of War, is already functional on PC, and “systems [they] can’t name yet.”

The news won’t be too shocking to anyone, Epic (or at least, Unreal) are normally up there present and correct with new technology (see Infinity Blade) but if nothing else we can expect next-gen to feature even more bald space marines.

Is that still a meme?

In other, related and equally bitty news, Future published Xbox World Magazine says that the new Xbox will be a “matt-black media hub” with “four player finger-tracking Kinect” and – get this – a “tablet-like controller”.

I can’t wait for E3.  The burgers are amazing.

Read more: #
36 Comments
  1. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    But will it bloom?

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 09:21.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      It will probably bloom AND do shadows!!

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 09:31.
    • wirralsman
      Member
      Since: Oct 2010

      And will it blend?

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 09:58.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        haven’t you heard?The next gears of war game on the new xbox will come with a blender attachment and a shipment of small animals! to get that interaction of covering you in blood while you play :)

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:26.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        It will blend and do your taxes, iron your clothes, wash your clothes, make you dinner/a drink, give you a massage and tidy up your house.*

        *source:a mug full of coffee. :p

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 11:00.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        No way??! I’m getting an XBox Terry just for the ironing and massage features, which means more time for DIY! Unless it does that too…

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 11:36.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        It does DIY as well. It only does everything. ;)

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 16:51.
  2. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    E3 (or more likely the run up to it) is going to be brilliant this year.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 09:51.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      It was crap last year, hope it improves

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 14:47.
    • manicminer
      Banned
      Since: Feb 2012

      This comment is hidden.

      Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 08:21.
      • nofi
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Can’t move for bribes, here.

        Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 08:31.
  3. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    I’m starting to think that other companies are going to copy Nintendo’s idead earlier than in this gen without even knowing if it turns out to be a success or not, simply because Nintendo’s Track record with such things was so good.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:27.
    • blarty
      Member
      Since: Apr 2011

      For every success that Nintendo has, it also creates something like the Wii-Speak…. karma

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:53.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I guess MS will have to take a leap of faith and hope that the tablet idea is not one of those failing peripherals. :P

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 12:00.
  4. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    No surprise

    Next console gen will be roughly DX11 standard, they can make the engine on PC & change a few lines of code to suit console as their specs get narrowed down. Unless they’re talking about WiiU.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:32.
  5. Winkle
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Please PS4, still come bundled with a Dual Shock, a touch pad / screen sounds nice and all but the joypad is still where its at. Its called that name for a reason ;)

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:37.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Whilst a touch pad/screen may sound nice, i don’t think i will want it anywhere near a PS4 (or equivalent) – As you say, a joypad is all i need to get enjoyment from a game (well, apart from the console, the game, a tv etc!).

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 12:28.
      • rossthebassist
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I think sony will use what they have always used, the Dual Shock. and with the blu-tooth connectivity of the vita and a firmware update the vita could be the tablet controller. with mapped buttons on the touch screen for rear or front triggers.
        again all this microsoft talk is rumor and speculation. but the Vita has enough in built spec to accomodate this type of tech without sony having to lift a finger in hardware development.

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 12:43.
  6. Omac_brother
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    In this day in age, even with everything moving in the opposite direction, holding a physical controller in my hand and buttons (YAY! Buttons!) are a massive selling point for me. If the next xbox is tablet and Kinect enabled, It will lose a sale from me. If it aint broke, dont fix it. Thats my motto about my PS3 controller.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:54.
  7. blarty
    Member
    Since: Apr 2011

    The one thing I took from the pictures of the WiiU tablet controller from last year was how lacking it was in any kind of ergonomics. Surely holding that thing for anything more than an hour is going to just get annoying….

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 10:55.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Think the WiiU & its controller will be relaunched at E3 this year, they’ll almost certainly drop the WiiU name & I’m sure the controller will be redesigned in some way although the large touch secondary screen seems key in Nintendo’s attempts to differentiate themselves and offer new types of gameplay for home consoles, perhaps it will be more PSVita-like in shape?

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 12:23.
  8. Sad Panda
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    In my opinion, all Sony need to do to win the next console war is announce the PS4 will drop Motion technology and touch technology. Make it Pad only and Gamers will flock there.

    The Casual Market is just that, and it won’t be around forever.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 11:00.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      There are that many ‘gamers’ though, the PS2 sold most of its volume when it dropped to £99-£129 and stuff like the dance mats & EyeToy helped shift it to market you seem not to like.

      Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 12:27.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        *aren’t

        Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 12:29.
  9. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I really hope PS4 is similar to ps3, just better spec. This new tablet stuff is crap, I want a joypad, now a piece of flat plastic.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 11:02.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    They lost me at Tablet controller. What happened to the simple idea of using buttons. Won’t someone please think of the buttons!

    I wonder if it do more then have pretty graphics? Oh, i wonder if complicated gameplay mechanics can now be implented in Unreal engine that was impossible to do previously?

    Comment posted on 10/02/2012 at 11:02.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Latest Comments