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Unreal Engine 4 to be publicly shown 'later in 2012'

"Hopefully," but it's "not up to us" says Epic

Epic Games hopes to publicly show off its next-generation Unreal Engine 4 technology - which will likely power games on the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles - later this year.

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That's what the studio told assembled press at GDC yesterday, adding that the decision to put its UE4 demo behind closed doors - and viewing developers under non-disclosure agreement - at the conference "wasn't our decision".

It's previously been said that the next-gen Unreal Engine will require ten times the power of Xbox 360 to run.

On the subject of next-generation hardware, Epic VP Mark Rein told CVG he expects new consoles to "blow us all away," but added that the Unreal Engine studio is "constantly pushing" platform holders to prep more advanced hardware.

"There's no end in sight for what we can do with unlimited technology. So we're always going to be pushing and I'm sure we'll be pushing for more than is possible to give," he said.

Yesterday PSM3 and Xbox World, in conjunction with Codemasters' lead artist Mike Smith and Dead End Thrills techmaster Duncan Harris, posted screenshots of what PS4 and Xbox 720 games could look like.

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