Epic Games reveals first look at Unreal Engine 5 running on PlayStation 5

Epic shows off a demo featuring the graphical capabilities of the Unreal Engine 5 running on the PlayStation 5.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, the creator of Unreal Engine in 1995, has unveiled stunning details about the upcoming Unreal Engine 5.

It also included a real-time gameplay demo on the PlayStation 5. The demo is the gaming community’s first look at a game running on the actual PlayStation 5 console.

Demo details

The demo game called Lumen in the Land of Nanite is a third person adventure game similar to the Tomb Raider series. It got its name after the technologies being introduced in Unreal Engine 5.

The demo features a preview of the two core technologies integrated with Unreal Engine 5:


Lumen is a comprehensively dynamic global lighting system which adjusts to scenes and changes in light. The system provides diffusion of interreflection with countless bounces and oblique specular reflections.

It means that it can provide intricate details of environments ranging from millimeters to kilometers. This will allow game developers to make more dynamic scenes.

In the demo game, turning on a light, opening a hole in the ceiling and changing the sun’s angle will allow indirect light to adjust accordingly.

Lumen eliminates the demand to wait on lighting bakes to complete and author light UVs. This can significantly reduce the time to move a lighting effect in the Unreal Engine editor.


On the other hand, Nanite focuses in provided better geometric details. This new technology means that high quality sources comprised of billions of polygons can be transferred directly to the Unreal Engine.

Nanite geometric technology can be scaled in real time which cuts polygon budgets without compromising the image and video quality.

Epic Online Services launched

The developers expect to release Unreal Engine 5 early next year and will be fully accessible across the globe by the end of 2021. Fortnite is also expected to migrate to the new engine later next year.

Since Fortnite has significantly become famous since it was launched 3 years ago, the game is forced to adapt to changes.

Game updates have allowed the rise of simultaneously playing individuals to a hundred. The game also allowed users to interact in game no matter what console they are using.

Now, Epic Games want to share this kind of feature with other game developers through Epic Online Services.

The feature which allowed Fortnite to work across seven various consoles and mobile devices. It will cover all game aspects such as matchmaking, leaderboards, game analytics and statistics.

Epic Online Services is expected to roll out with the upcoming Unreal Engine 5.

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