Unreal Engine 3 ported to Windows RT

With Windows RT-based devices due to launch in late October, it's likely that one of the most popular applications will be games. Today, Epic Games announced that its Unreal Engine 3 graphics engine and development tools are now available for Windows RT-based game developers.

The company showed off Epic Citadel, a graphics engine demo, running on the Asus Vivo Tab RT tablet-notebook hybrid shown off earlier today at Asus' IFA press event; the product is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor.

In a post on NVIDIA's blog, Epic Games VP Mark Rein states:

By porting the full engine as opposed to a modified mobile version, NVIDIA and Epic have made it easy for UE3 developers around the world to bring their best content to Windows RT, Windows 8 and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor. Windows RT code is available to licensees from Epic now and we’re excited to see the great games they develop with it.

The Windows RT news means that we could see quite a few Unreal Engine 3 games ported to run on Windows RT-based devices which will give the platform a healthy gaming boost. So far, there's no word if Epic plans to port any of its own Unreal Engine 3 games, including Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War or Bulletstorm, to Windows RT.

Source: NVIDIA blog

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Apple had just enough fun with gaming on iPad. Its over now. Windows tablets is going to ROCKKK. very good news. cannot wait to get one of those tablets/

So does this mean that Windows Phone 8 will also be able to run Unreal Engine 3? Didn't Phone 8 have the RT runtime?

Or am I completely lost in the woods?

Roberticus said,
So does this mean that Windows Phone 8 will also be able to run Unreal Engine 3? Didn't Phone 8 have the RT runtime?

Or am I completely lost in the woods?

I came here to ask THE EXACT SAME QUESTION. You know what that means, right? You are awesome.

I can imagine it now. Playing Dragon Age 3 on my home PC. Cloud save. And continue while I'm travelling with my Surface RT. Woot!.

Sadelwo said,
I can imagine it now. Playing Dragon Age 3 on my home PC. Cloud save. And continue while I'm travelling with my Surface RT. Woot!.

Keep dreaming, this does not mean that previous or all upcoming games will work on RT

I didn't say right away. If EA/Bioware can bring Mass Effect 3 to the WiiU, it is very possible. Maybe not till late 2013 earliest but still very possible.

Sadelwo said,
I didn't say right away. If EA/Bioware can bring Mass Effect 3 to the WiiU, it is very possible. Maybe not till late 2013 earliest but still very possible.

WiiU has *A LOT* more power than a Tegra 3.

PmRd said,

WiiU has *A LOT* more power than a Tegra 3.

Not really, it's hindered by a shiitty combination of dodgy linux and OpenGL software. Using hardware close to its full potential is something Microsoft are very good at doing!

Where are all the people now that claimed WinRT was only capable of really basic mobile games like angry birds and such?

This looks better anything on Android or Ipad, Android on tablets is pretty much a dead end at this point. Finally there is real competition to the Ipad.

This kinda speaks for how able the WinRT API/framework is as far as games go, porting something as big as UE3, the full PC engine over and not some "light" version says quite a lot. It should also mean that more beefy apps in general are possible with time.

warwagon said,
You still have to convert those same games to touch controls. Which blow chunks.

Not necessarily. If I get the surface, I'm getting that keyboard attachment. Believe that.

warwagon said,
You still have to convert those same games to touch controls. Which blow chunks.

Or you have them use a USB controller or wireless controller or a kb/mouse option (if they're the new type hybrids or just come with a dock etc). Just because a device is a Windows RT device doesn't mean it doesn't support all the other PC input methods, kb/mouse, some type of controller.

A game can have it's touch controls (probably on screen like a number of phone games do) but if a developer is smart and they can turn those off if you connect something else.

warwagon said,
You still have to convert those same games to touch controls. Which blow chunks.

Xbox 360 wired controller says Hi...
USB ports with support for mouse says Hello

GP007 said,

Or you have them use a USB controller or wireless controller or a kb/mouse option (if they're the new type hybrids or just come with a dock etc). Just because a device is a Windows RT device doesn't mean it doesn't support all the other PC input methods, kb/mouse, some type of controller.

A game can have it's touch controls (probably on screen like a number of phone games do) but if a developer is smart and they can turn those off if you connect something else.

yes but the range of usage of detachable device is limited, for example, it is not possible to use (without a lot of troubles) when commuting or without a stand

I'm wondering what're the performance differences between the RT devices and the non-RT devices, are the Atom processors on the non-RT devices good enough to compete with the device on this video?

daniel_rh said,
I'm wondering what're the performance differences between the RT devices and the non-RT devices, are the Atom processors on the non-RT devices good enough to compete with the device on this video?

Probably not. The Tegra 3 chipset is a beast of a GPU and CPU combo for mobile platforms. Runs extremely well for most things.

daniel_rh said,
I'm wondering what're the performance differences between the RT devices and the non-RT devices, are the Atom processors on the non-RT devices good enough to compete with the device on this video?

Some of those non-RT tablets have i5 and i7 processors...

shinji257 said,

Probably not. The Tegra 3 chipset is a beast of a GPU and CPU combo for mobile platforms. Runs extremely well for most things.

Yet, in benchmarks of Android phones running various mulitcore ARM chips vs. a single core Medfield Atom, said Atom placed within the top 2. I think really the only advantage ARM chips have are there superior power consumption (or rather lack there of) and superior GPUs. CPU wise the ATOM still wins.

I knew this was coming but... Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ! And it's not the crappy OpenGL ES 2.0 version!

This also means it's available for Windows Phone 8 too&#33 (or will be soon);

PmRd said,
I knew this was coming but... Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ! And it's not the crappy OpenGL ES 2.0 version!

This also means it's available for Windows Phone 8 too&#33 (or will be soon);

I agree, i'm overjoyed by this news.