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Epic Games is famous as the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform called Unreal Engine. Game developers who prefer creating video games using this platform are now “toying” with the fourth version of the engine. Earlier this week, Epic Games announced the next version – the Unreal Engine 5 (UE5), with a heart-stopping demo that was launched on the PlayStation 5. Epic notices that the demo shows off the power and innovation that will be the result of next-generation game consoles. The upgrade of the engine is not a necessary measure but a helping hand to developers so they can squeeze every drop of juice out of the new hardware and software that’s been packed into the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

The Verge asked Epic’s CEO, Tim Sweeney, about the core aim of the new UE5 and he said that their goal is to make developers’ lives easier and more productive, relieving the hardest problem of game development which takes enormous amounts of time and eats through money.

UE5 can offer novel instruments for developers who are keen on creating cutting-edge technology. The list of tools doesn’t end graphical accuracy for objects and lightning.

Nanite and Lumen will be new technologies that get their first viewing in UE5. Nanite is an instrument to convert geometry in a virtual way, which means it will automatically produce “as much geometric detail as the eye can see” the company stated in a blog post. The company also emphasized that the tool will examine data streams and make adjustments in real-time without any loss of quality. Developers will find it helps to save on resources because, with UE5’s high-detail environmental assets, worlds can be created faster and be accessible. 

Lumen, as you can infer, is an instrument that’s responsible for global illumination. The tool can be compared with the way advanced computer-generated graphics work for high-quality animation and film production.

The Unreal Engine 5 is not a ready-made solution for developers. It’s an instrument in the hand of architecture, though a new one, with ergonomically comfortable handling. Epic gives a fishing rod to developers so they can catch some fish.

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