Epic Games made a huge announcement this morning by revealing their brand new Unreal Engine 5.
Unreal Engine 5 is their next generation game engine and they showed it off today with a technical demo called “Lumen in the Land of Nanite” that was running on PlayStation 5. The demo was running live off of a PlayStation 5 dev kit so what you see will be possible on Sony’s newest console. Check it out below.
Now that’s what we call next-gen. We have seen a lot of cross gen games lately so it’s good to see an impressive tech demo made exclusively to show off next gen power.
After being left in awe of this tech demo, we decided to go back and watch the PS4 tech demos to compare them and see how far we’ve come. Starting off with the UE4 tech demo:
Retrospectively, the UE4 demo does not look as impressive as I used to think when I first saw it – a testament to how current gen graphics for certain games have lived up to the graphics showcased in the demo.
Seeing these tech demos side by side like in this comparison:
It’s immediately noticeable just how much of an improvement the PS5 hardware is over the PS4, made clear for the first time thanks to this demo comparison.
In the build-up to the PS4 we also got the ‘Dark Sorcerer’ tech demo focusing on character models.
This demo didn’t come from Epic but rather from the makers of BEYOND: Two Souls, Quantic Dream, who made a PlayStation 4 next gen tech demo revealed at E3 2013 called The Dark Sorcerer which we can compare to the new PS5 tech demo:
Whilst the character in the Unreal Engine 5 isn’t going for photo-realistic, we can see improvements to facial shadows and texture quality.
It’s fascinating to see the difference that 7 years makes. At the time, I was stunned by the visual fidelity of the PS4 tech demos the same way the PS5 tech demo has stunned me today. Now, retrospectively looking back at it, the PS4 tech demo does not look as impressive at all.
I think that’s also a testament to how graphically impressive some current gen games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Uncharted 4, God of War, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza, Gears of War, and more all look. They really went beyond the tech demo which makes me even more excited for next gen consoles because we can expect a select few, special games to surpass the stunning tech demo we saw today and that has me excited.