Epic assures that the NGP will be Unreal (Engine 3)

by: Jeremy -
Epic Games has publicly announced that the Unreal Engine 3 will be supported on Sony’s next handheld. Those curious about the graphical prowess of the new gaming machine can rest assured that it will have some of the most powerful technology available for its developers.

The official support of Epic’s graphics engine should ensure some of the best looking portable games ever seen in the industry. The support also helps to bridge the gap between the handheld- and portable-console games, at least in visual terms. Hopefully, we will be seeing ports on the NGP / PSP2 closer to their console counterparts than ever before.

You can read Epic’s full press release with the official statement on the next page.

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 Available for the Next Generation Portable Entertainment System from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

CARY, N.C. – February 24, 2011 – Epic Games, Inc. announces Unreal Engine 3 support for the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). Developers may now license Epic’s award-winning engine technology for NGP.

Epic Games’ founder Tim Sweeney presented a real-time preview of a large, outdoor environment running on NGP at PlayStation®Meeting 2011 last month in Tokyo, demonstrating a sweeping panorama full of particle systems, animating characters and atmospheric lighting effects.

“We were very proud to be onstage with SCE to give the world just a taste of what Unreal Engine 3 can do on NGP,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “NGP raises the bar for the performance of handheld platforms with its multi-core GPU and shader-based, multi-core CPU. This makes Unreal Engine 3 a particularly advantageous fit for NGP. Furthermore, multiple UE3 licensees are already working with NGP, some of which have indicated they intend to release their games for the platform’s launch.”

“We see NGP as a true game-changer with a perfect combination of performance, innovative controls and gamer appeal that make it truly a high-end console in your pocket,” said Sweeney.

For more information, visit www.epicgames.com/technology.
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