Last month, the video game developer Epic Games revealed a demo of the Unreal Engine 5, a game engine designed to work on Sony’s Playstation 5. Known for the game Fortnite as well as classic titles such as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament, Epic Games is now at the forefront of next-generation console games after releasing a real-time test run on a PS5 DevKit. The result is breathtaking and gives gamers, as well as high-definition enthusiasts and novices, something to dream about.
Nanite and Lumen tools
The game engine demo allows you to discover the Nanite and Lumen tools. Nanite is developed to display a very large number of polygons by calculating only what appears on the screen. In terms of RAM, the performance of next-gen consoles will make it possible to manage this tool in such a way that video rendering is perfectly smooth. These consoles will be able to perform such operations by emptying and filling the RAM memory faster than the camera moves. Consequently, Nanite will allow developers to use 8K textures in the scenery, and the Unreal Engine 5 will be responsible for rendering everything in real time.
As this tool promises impressive progress on-screen, it requires an extremely powerful graphics processor. So we’re looking forward to seeing the performance of the new Xbox Series X with its graphics processor that, on paper, provides superior performance.
The other element presented in the video uploaded by Epic Games is Lumen. This illumination tool manages high resolution lighting effects across the entire scene. The reflection and distribution of light therefore react to the environment and the animation. For example, this dynamic solution will allow the light angle to change depending on the time of day, adjust the light of a flashlight, or the light to change when a player creates a hole in a wall or ceiling. The possibilities available for developers are unprecedented.
Is it a good reason to buy an 8K television?
Unreal Engine 5 is set to be officially released in 2021, meaning that the first PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games, which will be released at the end of the year, won’t benefit from the game engine. With graphics tools that are developed to display billions of polygons in real-time as well as native 4K content, the image provided by next-generation consoles and PCs with high-performance graphics cards will be enhanced by 8K ultra high-definition TVs.
It is important to note that the size of the display is something to bear in mind. A 65 inch 4K television will be able to reproduce an ideal image, but what about larger screens measuring 75, 82 and 100 inches? For this type of format, an 8K UHD TV will be able to provide the same image quality on a large screen. Thanks to the integrated gaming mode of 4K TVs, 8K TVs and 4K UHD projectors, as well as the upscaling technology used in 8K TVs, next-generation games will benefit from smooth and high-quality images that will make the experience more immersive than ever before. While native 8K content isn’t expected to be available for the latest home consoles, 7680 x 4320 pixel displays will allow users to take full advantage of the performance provided by these next-gen platforms.