E3: 30 Minutes Of Epic’s Next-Gen Unreal Engine 4 On Spike

Spike TV host Geoff Keighley has announced via a Reddit AMA E3 special that they will be
unveiling Epic Games next generation Unreal Engine 4 during E3 week on Spike. Keighley promises a full half-hour of spectacular next generation visuals.

Q: Are we going to see a full reveal of Unreal Engine 4?

Geoff: Yes, we will be unveiling Unreal Engine 4 during E3 week on Spike. I went down to Epic and filmed with Cliff, Tim Sweeney and the whole crew. Full half-hour special on the engine and tech.

Q: F-yes. Hopefully it will be a treat for people more into the development side and the gritty details, not just the “Those graphics are so graphic!”. But I guess all that info will come out sooner rather than later anyway. :)

Geoff: For sure, we are showing off the editor and a lot of the tech. Very in depth, glad to hear you are excited!

Valve Working On ‘Next-Gen Gaming Hardware’?

You may remember a while back I posted a rumour that suggested Valve were working on their own next generation console called the Steam Box. Well, despite Valve debunking the idea, one of the their computer engineers has tweeted that he is in fact working on next generation hardware for the company. To further add fuel to the fire Valve has posted some new jobs which reveal that the company is seeking electrical engineers to work on “new types of input, output, and platform hardware.”

Epic Plans To Show Off Its Next Generation Unreal Engine 4 “Later This Year”

Epic Games vice president Mark Rein has revealed that the company plans to show off its next generation Unreal Engine “hopefully later this year”. Many people were expecting a showing of the Unreal Engine 4 at GDC, which has been taking place this week. Maybe we will finally see something at E3 in June.

Nintendo Says Gamers Are Ready For Next Generation Consoles

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors early this morning that gamers are now ready for new video games consoles. Iwata pointed to declining sales of all the major home consoles as the reason that consumers are looking towards brand new formats.

“However, not just the Wii, but the overall performance of home consoles in December was lower than the previous year, and I think that the market is now waiting for a new proposal for home consoles.”

Nintendo Wii U: Epic Games President Says What’s The Point In Next Generation Consoles?

Epic Games President Mike Capps believes that mobile gaming will become standard and that next generation consoles will no longer have a place in the marketplace. Capps cites future iterations of Apple’s iPhone as the future, stating that you’ll eventually be able to wirelessly connect it to your television set to give you that big screen gaming experience.

“As a middleware provider and as a game developer it sure would be nice if all the different platforms were really similar for us – it would make it easier to work between them with maybe just a few differentiating features we could take advantage of. I’d hate to say that the Wii U is late; in fact, you could almost argue that it’s early,” Capps began. “They’re aiming for a point beyond the current generation – they’re just not leapfrogging it. One can certainly envision a future a couple years down the road where we have some significantly leapfrogged generation and then the Wii U again becomes a system that’s not easily portable between the other platforms. But honestly, I think the bigger challenge for us is mobile.”

“Before the problem was between the consoles and PC where they had very different levels. The power of your PC could be 100 times the power of somebody else’s PC. This time the problem could be mobile. If you look at the ridiculous acceleration of iPhone hardware and technology, trying to find a sweet spot for tech to make your mobile game… I mean, what would your mobile game look like in 2015? Who knows how fast that’s going to operate, but you can bet it’s going to be faster than an Xbox 360,” he said.

“So I think that’s the real challenge for us now, rather than worrying about the difference between a couple consoles and some order of magnitude, whether 3X or 4X. It’s about how do we deal with iPhone 8… if you watch where the gamers are going that’s where they are. Your iPhone 8 will probably plug into your TV, or better yet, wirelessly connect to your television set to give you that big screen gaming experience with good sound. So really, what’s the point of those next-gen consoles? It’s a very interesting situation to be looking at. That’s what we’re starting to think about more… not how do we scale from some Nintendo platform to some other future console.”