Could the next XBox be called Xbox 8?

/ 4 years ago

Mark Rein the Vice President of Epic Games has caused a storm today, flat out confirming that their next-gen creation Unreal Engine 4 is already up and running on next-gen hardware, as some of you will know the next UE is host to the stunning Samaritan tech demo and with games like Gears of War, Batman and a whole host of others firmly established using previous editions of their award winning game engine this is big news for the future of gaming.

It was only recently at the DICE summit which was held in Las Vegas that Mark Rein confirmed that they (Epic) would reveal Unreal Engine 4 to the public, I would love to put my money on an E3 showing too, while Microsoft and Sony are playing hardball with details of their next gen hardware, this engine is multi platform, they can easily demonstrate the future of gaming and just say its the PC version, so keep your eyes peeled for details over the coming weeks.

Rein has already stated that Unreal Engine 4 is currently running on “systems we can’t name yet”.

With reports of current Alpha builds of the next Xbox already being in circulation, which is now speculated to be called “XBOX 8”, with it being the eighth generation of home consoles and this would also coincide with the upcoming release of both Windows 8 and the Windows Phone 8, turning the number 8 into a name just as much as Apple turned the “i” to its own purpose.

It has been reported that the next-gen console was on display by invite only during CES 2012, running a beefed up next-gen visuals version of Battlefield 3 which we expect would have been on par to high-spec PC systems, but as Microsoft previously reported that there would be no next-gen Xbox announcement at E3 2012, its not likely we will see any hardware until next year, but as I’ve already said, game engines like UE are cross platform and there is nothing stopping demos for Wii-U and PC doing the rounds.

Source: ThisIsXbox

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    Both this year's and last year's Samaritan Demo/s ran on Unreal Engine 3.5, the 2011/2012 Versions of Unreal Engine 3 upgraded with DX11. They were made simply to show how far UE3 can be pushed (Current Generation PCs), and to be comparable to what UE4 will show us when its displayed (Next-Generation Visuals), which will be even better. Only difference AFAIK between Samaritan 2011 and Samaritan 2012 is that the Kepler TXAA Anti-Aliasing Algorithm allowed it to run on a single GTX 680, compared to the 3-Way GTX 580 SLi Setup the 2011 Demo required.

    There was an actual UE4 Demo showcased behind closed Doors are GDC 2012, just a while back. They said unveiling would take place some point this year. E3 is quite likely, I agree.