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Post by 3dee @ 08:41am 02/09/10 | 33 Comments
This demo's pretty awesome, especially for a limited set of hardware like the iPhone 4 (well, not for a mobile anyway). I've been playing the demo and it runs pretty smooth but chugs a little in dense scenes, but it's still pretty damn impressive.

From PocketGamer:
Following on from its talk at GDC 2010 about the problems of porting its C++ game engine to iPhone, Epic Games has finally announced that Unreal Engine 3 now works on iPhone.

Demonstrating its new Project Sword game, which is being developed by Chair, who made the Shadow Complex XBLA game, the graphics running on an iPhone 4 were amazing.
Epic's tech demo is up on the store. Not much gameplay though. I took some screenshots: promoted forum item




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tequila
Posted 08:55am 02/9/10
that looks very pimp for a phone

<3 iphone
HeardY
Posted 09:11am 02/9/10
It does look pretty sexy
Thundercracker
Posted 09:59am 02/9/10
apple needs to do what ninty do, and get some 1st/2nd party developers to pump out some amazing games
3dee
Posted 10:27am 02/9/10
id is working one using the Rage engine on par with this.
E.T.
Posted 11:27am 02/9/10
Oh man, that does look good. I just find trying to play any 1st person games difficult on a phone.
Midda
Posted 11:31am 02/9/10
Looks really nice. I'm hoping like crazy that Android starts to get the kind of attention that the iPhone gets from developers like id and Epic. Makes me jealous.
3dee
Posted 11:51am 02/9/10
By the way, is it only Java you can program with for Android?
weedy
Posted 12:12pm 02/9/10
iphone4 has a pretty powerful CPU though 1Ghz.... i should be picking mine up this weekend or early next week cant wait! I had a play around with a work mates iphone 4 and i was extremely impressed with the screen resolution and quality of video, pictures, browsing and build quality.

I also tested the death grip and we could replicate it but were only able to get it from 4 bars to 1 and we were still able to make calls clearly.

All this from an ex-Android fan boy.
Nerfosaurus
Posted 01:09pm 02/9/10
Is anybody familiar with the technology behind this? Is it just a classic rendering process at a lower resolution and hence runnable with less hardware?
myWhiteWolf
Posted 01:15pm 02/9/10
iphone4 has a pretty powerful CPU though 1Ghz
but only can draw 1/3rd the amount of triangles a second that the galaxy S can. i really hope something like this gets ported over to android.
3dee
Posted 01:26pm 02/9/10
Can Android games be programmed in C++? Cause that would allow Epic to port it pretty well.
Sc00bs
Posted 01:28pm 02/9/10
i wonder what the fps is like on that. Whether it chugs s***loads or not
trillion
Posted 01:35pm 02/9/10
3dee
Posted 01:40pm 02/9/10
That ^^ Awesome...
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 02:08pm 02/9/10
i wonder what the fps is like on that. Whether it chugs s***loads or not

About 20-30fps on average.
Sc00bs
Posted 02:49pm 02/9/10
looks gumby as f*** to control
Midda
Posted 03:01pm 02/9/10
Can Android games be programmed in C++? Cause that would allow Epic to port it pretty well.

Yeah, Android's got an NDK which lets you write in C++. It's been around for a while now.
Reverend Evil
Posted 03:04pm 02/9/10
Yeah, that looks like it would be awkward as f*** in a serious firefight. Visuals looks stunning though. I reckon something like Dragons Lair would work well on a fone gameplay wise.
3dee
Posted 03:10pm 02/9/10
I've said it time and again, unless there's some sort of trigger for your index finger, FPSs don't work on touch screen devices. But the demo is still pretty awesome.
Monkeez
Posted 04:05pm 02/9/10
I wonder how quickly it drains the battery?
Thundercracker
Posted 05:50pm 02/9/10
I would guess.... quickly.
Nathan
Posted 06:01pm 02/9/10
By the way, is it only Java you can program with for Android?


You can use C++, but Android handsets have too much variance in 3D capabilities for Epic or id to bother with it right now.

Even if the Galaxy S GPU is better than iPhone's (I have no idea), that's only one handset. Apple will continue to dominate the "high-quality games on phone" sector for quite a whiles yet.
Nerfosaurus
Posted 06:26pm 02/9/10
PC's have always come in different capability flavours. Tech can scale running on the same platform. Just now it's a little bit more interesting. :D
Jayman
Posted 06:53pm 02/9/10
You can use C++, but Android handsets have too much variance in 3D capabilities for Epic or id to bother with it right now.

Even if the Galaxy S GPU is better than iPhone's (I have no idea), that's only one handset. Apple will continue to dominate the "high-quality games on phone" sector for quite a whiles yet.


This is the biggest plus of the iPhone imo. Standardised hardware, big companies can get their games out to the masses with the least effort, so they do for iPhone what they won't bother with for other devices. That and iPhone uses are probably more willing to fork out cash for apps.
Midda
Posted 06:55pm 02/9/10
Even if the Galaxy S GPU is better than iPhone's (I have no idea), that's only one handset. Apple will continue to dominate the "high-quality games on phone" sector for quite a whiles yet.

Unless this Playstation branded Android phone rumoured to come out at the end of the year turns out to be decent. Then we should hopefully see some more high-end developer interest.

But anyway, I probably shouldn't talk about Android too much in an iPhone thread. It s**** me when it happens the other way around.
Charlie
Posted 07:11pm 02/9/10
I've said it time and again, unless there's some sort of trigger for your index finger, FPSs don't work on touch screen devices. But the demo is still pretty awesome.


Could probably map a volume key to a trigger? I normally rest phones on my index fingers curled over a bit when I view them side on.
ravn0s
Posted 08:53pm 02/9/10
just had a play around with this. my god its gorgeous. i cant believe its on an iphone.
Infidel
Posted 05:43am 03/9/10
Looks quite good on the 3gs, is the resolutionhigher on the 4? Controls not too bad too.
3dee
Posted 06:49am 03/9/10
Yeah it's twice (four times the pixels) on iPhone 4. Looks awesome.
trog
Posted 09:20am 03/9/10
3dee, was just about to promote this, but the store link is missing - is it still on the store?
eXemplar
Posted 09:31am 03/9/10
3dee
Posted 09:34am 03/9/10
OP updated.
E.T.
Posted 06:08pm 03/9/10
OP updated.


I'm running this on my iPhone 3GS and it runs fine on there as well !
Impressive engine.
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