Epic Games Shows Off Unreal Engine 4 On Mobile and It Looks Incredible

The creator of Gears of War presented a demo of its game engine running on an Android platform at Google's I/O conference.

During Google's recent I/O conference for application developers, Gears of War creator Epic Games presented a short demo showing off what Google's mobile technology can do.

Running on an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, the demo involves cinematic views of a damp corridor and two robots. The robots walk around and eventually stop at an arcade cabinet, where they begin to play a Flappy Bird clone.

Notably, the demo was made for a high-end PC and quickly ported to the mobile chipset. Nvidia claims that its K1 processor outperforms both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, and with Google's new Android Extension Pack that adds tessellation, geometry shaders, and more, Epic says it can bring high-fidelity graphics to mobile.

"Epic's Unreal Engine 4 'Rivalry' project demonstrated at Google I/O shows what's possible when PC-class gaming technologies and performance are brought to mobile devices," Epic explains in the video's description. "In less than three weeks we ported content built for high-end PC and the DirectX 11 graphics API to Android and Google's AEP (Android Extension Pack) extensions for ES 3.1. Developers can deliver incredible graphical complexity on a mobile chipset thanks to K1 and AEP!"

Although this is only a tech demo and likely will look better than most final products, it is still impressive. In my opinion, it certainly looks better than many PS3 and 360 games. The lighting and textures specifically look great. What do you think about the convergence of mobile and console graphics? Let us know in the comments!

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Bili5
Bili5

Oh, and it's quite ironic that they use Flappy Birds in their demo. A game showing that most popular games are those with crappy graphics and a silly concept.

Bili5
Bili5

The problem is, playing on mobile phones is a pain. Touch screen suits only casual titles. Everything else is a chore. I have tried everything on my HTC One. Everything beside casuals is just uncomfortable.

fede018
fede018

Old man yells at cloud----- below!

Navardo95
Navardo95

Mobile gaming has NO future.

hitomo
hitomo

epic really took the wrong path by focusing on mobilde ... I see only one purpose for this, ultra realistic hentai games for japanese business man

xcollector
xcollector

I never hear gamers complain that mobile games suck because PS4 has better graphics. Thus, this doesn't solve the problem of core gamers not wanting to play on mobile phones. Perhaps the flappy bird in the demo illustrates the very reason why mobile fails. With all that super graphics tech at the end of it all the audience was left with another flappy bird clone.

edant79
edant79

You can also pour chocolate over a turd, but it'll still taste like shiit...

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

Nice, but useless until battery longevity catches up. Don't really want to recharge every 3 hours. And like others here, I'd rather play on a large monitor with kb+mouse or gamepad, rather than with touch controls on a small screen.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Games on phone are pure gimmicky to me. Most of them are garbage, no controls or buttons, small screen. A real game why bother buying it on a phone? Companies are going to spend AAA money on a mobile game like this?

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abcdefgabcdefgz

Nifty but I would rather play games like this on my desktop with large screen. I prefer my battery juice goes to keeping my phone alive not feeding a gpu and processor

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Wow.... That's actually incredible for a phone.... Doubt it'll look like this on all SmartPhones though

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Hey that room is from the reflections UE4 demo, looks pretty nice for mobile.

ECH71
ECH71

The "flappy bird" clone is a nice touch.

bluebird08
bluebird08

Or you could get a vita that actually has a D pad and sticks.

Garm31
Garm31

You folks have to remember this is a tech demo. The entire scene is rendered inside a very small area. You won't see large open areas with that level of detail. But the it is impressive for a tablet. The Chinese MiPad is coming on the 1st of July is the first device to support it.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

This should embarrass Nintendo. Tegra K1 can already output better looking graphics than Wii U on mobile. If a Tegra K1 dev kit costs $192, you can be confident that a company like Nintendo probably didn't even bother to spend $100 per console on the GPU that powers it.

wookiegr
wookiegr

How are they able to do this without Cloud and DX12?

Johny_47
Johny_47

Hahahaha fair play, cool stuff =P

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

Yep it's impressive alright, but unless it magically adds a d-pad, analogue sticks and some buttons to my phone it really won't matter for anything other than the "microconsoles" that are yet to find a market.

IJONOI
IJONOI

Impressive for a mobile device. But they won't look like that when processing power is needed for more particles / AI etc etc etc. Can't wait too see these new chips running on Desktop. 

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

"Epic says it can bring high-fidelity graphics to mobile."


How about some "high fidelity" controls on mobile. Yeah, didn't think so.

virtuasega
virtuasega

Oh wow, so now we'll have really pretty shitty games on phones and tablets, awesome.

geekasauruswrex
geekasauruswrex

What modern day gamer doesnt know that you can use Bluetooth controllers?. You probably use a iPhone 3GS with its 2 inch screen I use PS3 pad to play FPS games on my table to play Modern Combat and Nova 3

Silithas
Silithas

@Navardo95 That's funny cause modern combat 4 for ios and android, same with nova 3 is a huge success. Same with the mobile port of san andreas.

It's more like you have no future with that attitude.

fede018
fede018

@Navardo95 yeah, sure. Millions of downloads are inmediately deleted. Shut up, Steve Ballmer

geekasauruswrex
geekasauruswrex

What modern day gamer doesnt know that you can use Bluetooth controllers?. You probably use a iPhone 3GS with its 2 inch screen. I use PS3 pad to play FPS games on my table to play Modern Combat and Nova 3, Max Payne, GTA Vice City, Minecraft, and other console ports

rbok6
rbok6

@Tao_and_Zen How many people like this guy still doesn't know that you can use a gamepad with you mobile? *sigh*

Mraou
Mraou

@Trickymaster Who cares? Nintendo first party titles, like MK8, new Zelda look stunning on the Wii U; you're not going to get those experiences anywhere else.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@wookiegr


When those things deliver, how stupid are you gonna feel? You probably shouldn't talk trash until you know something is going to fail. Otherwise you look stupid when it succeeds. Also, DirextX 12 will be good for PC gamers as well. 

pspearman
pspearman

@wookiegr  There's your typical dig at MS, just need you to mention your 125" screen and your contribution is complete.

geekasauruswrex
geekasauruswrex

What modern day gamer doesnt know that you can use Bluetooth controllers?. You probably use a iPhone 3GS with its 2 inch screen. I use PS3 pad to play FPS games on my table to play Modern Combat and Nova 3, Max Payne, GTA Vice City, Minecraft, and other console portts.

IJONOI
IJONOI

@spikepigeo Ha, yea. Make me be able to plug in my X1 controller and increase the screen size 10 fold. Then I'll be impressed. 

fede018
fede018

@virtuasega you don't even have a tablet or modern phone. The last game you played on a phone was Snake on your Nokia

wookiegr
wookiegr

@pspearman @wookiegr Very good, If everyone was as astute as you I wouldn't have to always mention it since people never have a point of reference when they rant.

rbok6
rbok6

@SupaPhly @geekasauruswrex Then It's the same stupid thing carrying a PSVita with you. It's the same logic. And Who uses an iphone 3Gs? Most popular phones these days have 3.5, 4 & even 5 inches display.