New game engine demos offer glimpse of next gen graphics

The 2013 Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco was held this past week and, as usual, it was the place to show off some interesting demos for what PC games might look like in the future, along with next generation consoles like Sony's Playstation 4 and the still unannounced next Xbox console from Microsoft.

Epic Games showed off a new Unreal Engine 4 demo called Infiltrator at the conference. The sci-fi themed action shooter demo was run in real time in Epic's latest graphics engine, which was officially announced a year ago. Speaking of which, Epic showed a new version of the first UE4 demo, Elemental, at GDC 2013 that was running in real time on PS4 hardware. The first games that will use UE4 are scheduled to be released later this year.

Not to be outdone, Konami showed off a demo for its own in-house Fox Engine at GDC that will be used in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5. There are some very photo realistic effects in the demo but whether or not they will show up in the actual game remains to be seen.

Activision showed a new facial animation demo as part of a GDC 2013 presentation, with some highly realistic eye and muscle effects. Activision is using a new rendering technique for this demo but it was running in real time on current generation PC graphics cards.

Not every game demo at GDC 2013 was about making graphics look pretty. NVIDIA showed off how current generation graphics could be used to create a highly destructible environment, with lots of small particles generated with realistic physics.

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