Unreal Engine 5: video indistinguishable from reality

In the last few hours a video created with Unreal Engine 5 has been talking a lot, showing extreme accuracy and realism . The new version of the Epic Games graphics engine is conquering the web with the reproduction of a station in the Toyama prefecture, Japan, almost indistinguishable from the real one.

The engine at work

It was an Italian who created the incredible reproduction of the station : Lorenzo Drago used Unreal Engine 5 to reach an amazing level of photorealism. Drago, known on the internet as subjectn , is a 3D character and landscape artist. A few days ago he published on his Artstation page a video showing the result of his work with the latest version of the graphics engine.

The video takes her on a tour of Etchū-Daimon Station , Toyama Prefecture, showing it to us both day and night. The reproduction is extremely faithful to the original, but what is most striking is the realism of the result: the video is almost indistinguishable from reality.

As specified by the artist, the lighting was created with Lumen , the default one for Unreal Engine 5. The technology is based on ray tracing , an optical geometry technique in which the path of light is traced backwards, or by calculating the reflection and shine information starting from when it hits an object in the scene. It took the artist almost a month to create the scene.

However, this is a non -real-time video : it will be difficult to see these levels in video games. In any case, the result is truly surprising, despite the fact that, according to the author, it is not "particularly optimized". Drago used an RTX 2080 for rendering and the AMD Ryzen 7 3700x processor.

Unreal Engine 5

Now in its fifth version, the Epic Games graphics engine is experiencing its moment of maximum splendor . The first version of Unreal Engine dates back to 1998, when it debuted with the video game of the same name Unreal , a first-person shooter, precursor of the more famous Unreal Tournament . The latest "model" of the engine was made available on April 5th and supports PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Among the most interesting innovations of Unreal Engine 5 there are undoubtedly the improvements made to the aforementioned Lumen that allow you to create even more realistic scenes and faithfully represent the behavior of light. The new engine is geared towards creating open worlds , and allows members of the same developer team to work in the same region.

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Source: Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine 5 offers even more tools to make work easier for users , as well as numerous automatisms that speed up the development process. A joy not only for developers, but also for gamers, who can't wait to see Epic Games' graphics engine at work.

Several production studios have confirmed the use of Unreal Engine 5 in their titles. Among the most anticipated video games we cannot fail to mention the new chapter of The Witcher , Dragon Quest XII The Flames of Fate, Fortnite , Tomb Raider Next , Senua's Saga Hellblade 2 , Stalker 2 and Game of Thrones .

The engine, in its various versions, managed to guarantee excellent results and give us unforgettable titles. These include Batman: Arkham City , made with UE3; the beloved Mirror's Edge , also developed with UE3; Sea of ​​Thieves , which used UE4 to create its incredible landscapes; Days Gone , also produced with UE4 and Tekken 7 , also developed with version 4 of the engine.

If you too want to juggle creating photorealistic scenes, you can download the latest version of Unreal Engine for free . For Windows and MacOS users, minimum specs require a 2.5GHz minimum Intel or AMD Quad-Core processor and 8GB of RAM; on Linux, however, 32GB of RAM are required.

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