PS5, Xbox Series X Support Added In Unreal Engine Update

Epic Games includes initial support for next-gen platforms, and plans further updates throughout the year for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X devs.

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Epic Games has released Unreal Engine version 4.25, with one big marquee feature to prepare it for the next generation of consoles. This release marks the initial support for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with more support promised for subsequent updates coming this year.

The company made the announcement on the Unreal Engine blog, saying that the 4.25 branch of updates will include more optimizations and fixes for devs working on next-gen games. Some specific planned features named by the company are new audio advancements, support for online subsystems, and certain certification requirements.

This comes alongside a host of other changes and updates to the Unreal Engine as a whole regardless of platform. Epic mentions that it has been testing some features like Niagara VFX and Chaos physics in its flagship game Fortnite, which has helped shape this UE update. It also supports Microsoft's HoloLens 2 and real-time ray tracing.

We'll get our first look at some next-generation games this week. Microsoft is debuting gameplay for Xbox Series X games in a special presentation that will also serve as the first of its monthly 20/20 streams. We know one of the games shown running on Series X hardware will be Assassin's Creed Valhalla. In preparation for the event, Microsoft also shared a teaser that may be our first look at the Xbox Series X startup sound.

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