Expect all future games to be like this.
Epic Games yesterday published a video detailing the power of Unreal Engine 5 that’s running on the upcoming PlayStation 5. Titled ‘Lumen in the Land of Nanite’, this real-time demo showcases the company’s new Lumen technology that aims to change the way scene and light changes in a scene.
In a blog post, Epic Games said that Lumen “renders diffuse interreflection with infinite bounces and indirect specular reflections in huge, detailed environments, at scales ranging from kilometers to millimeters.” This means that visuals have greater control as to how lighting works. “Lumen erases the need to wait for lightmap bakes to finish and to author light map UVs—a huge time savings when an artist can move a light inside the Unreal Editor and lighting looks the same as when the game is run on console.”
The demo showcases more than a billion triangles of source geometry on each frame, which translates to even more lifelike visuals. This is shown as the character explores a cave and traverses a barren landscape.
If developers are taking advantage of the increased power of the PS5 along with the Xbox Series X, then we might be seeing even more real-life looking games by the time these consoles are released.
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