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Summer Games Fest: Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 5 with stunning PS5 real-time demo

Summer Games Fest: Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 5 with stunning PS5 real-time demo
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In the latest announcement as part of the Summer Games Fest, Epic Games have unveiled the next-generation Unreal Engine 5. They did this by showing off 'Lumen in the Land of Nanite' — a stunning, nine-minute-long technical demo running on PlayStation 5 showing off the engine's capabilities.

Summer Games Fest: Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 5 with stunning PS5 real-time demo

In the latest announcement made as part of the Summer Games Fest, Epic Games have unveiled the next-gen Unreal Engine 5.

With goals including photorealism on par with movie CG and real life, they showed off a stunning, incredibly detailed technical demo named 'Lumen in the Land of Nanite' — with Nanite being the name the company has given to one of the two new technologies introduced in the new engine. 

Take a look at the demo for yourself:

Nanite aims to create as much geometric detail as is possible for the eye to see, resulting in film-quality source art.

The second technology introduced, Lumen, is a 'fully dynamic global illumination solution' that aims to replicate realistic lighting in games. This will likely tie-in with the ray-tracing tech being heavily promoted by both Sony and Microsoft in the run up to their new consoles being released.

The screens below show off this incredible detail and lighting.

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The current version of the Unreal Engine 4.25 is already commercially available, with royalties usually due to Epic Games waived for the first $1 million in game revenue. This is an incentive for all to use the engine in their game design, from individual developers to large studios alike.

Unreal Engine 5 will be available in preview in early 2021, with a full release later in the year. It will support both current and next-gen consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android. 

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