Epic reveals its next-generation vision

"And it's ready today."

Epic Games has unveiled its vision of what the next-generation will look like using Unreal Engine 3.

The Gears of War maker has released screenshots, below, of the kind of visuals it believes it will create not on the current generation of machines, but what follows the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

At a behind-closed doors presentation at the Game Developers Conference last night, Epic showed a video showcasing the impressive technology.

"It represents this beautiful vision of what we should be able to do," Epic vice president Mark Rein told Eurogamer.

"What's really exciting about seeing this love letter to hardware manufacturers is understanding how Unreal Engine goes from iPhone right up to the most ass-kicking PC you can buy that's hopefully representative of what the next-gen might be. And it's ready today."

Epic has seen huge success with its game building technology Unreal Engine 3.

Many game publishers and developers license the tech, which Epic uses to make Gears of War and Bulletstorm for home consoles and Infinity Blade for iPhone.

"Other people are trying to catch up with where were a couple of years ago," Rein said.

"We're continually upgrading the engine and improving it. Every year we're coming up with amazing features and showing some really spectacular stuff.

"We have the game of the year on iPhone. Bulletstorm is doing really well. We were the only middleware shown at Sony's NGP event in Japan. We're really happy with our position in the marketplace."

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