Unreal Engine 5.4 Demo Hints At Extremely Demanding Future of Gaming

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RTX 4080 Fails To Hit 60FPS At 4K!

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  • An Unreal Engine 5.4 demo shows how the current hardware stacks up against this technology.
  • A GeForce RTX 4080 is unable to hit 60FPS at 4K when running this tech demo.
  • This demo shows just how demanding games will be in the future.

Unreal Engine 5 needs no introduction. The entire industry has set its sights on the new technology featured in this version of Epic Games’ latest engine, with studios like CD Projekt Red completely switching engines after a glimpse at its potential.

However, Unreal Engine 5 is still evolving. As it stands, games based on this engine are incredibly demanding. A new demo based on Unreal Engine 5.4 further proves this point, pushing the latest Nvidia hardware to its limits.

Why it matters: Epic Games promises breathtaking visuals with its latest technology, but the demo shows these graphics don’t come without a cost.

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The Industrial Factory tech demo proves just how demanding this engine can be, even when using the latest and greatest graphics cards.

Nvidia’s $1200 MSRP GeForce RTX 4080 fails to achieve 60FPS when running this demo at 4K Epic settings. At this preset, the demo shows lifelike visuals, blurring the lines between gaming graphics and reality.

The GeForce RTX 4080 can still manage an impressive 40-50FPS in the demo. However, this example illustrates how far behind current-generation consoles are, considering this graphics card is nearly three times as capable as the vanilla PS5.

Once the resolution is dropped to 1440p, the GeForce RTX 4080 can produce more than 60FPS. However, this level of performance is not available without spending a hefty cost upfront on new graphics cards.

This demo is a proof-of-concept, but others, like the Matrix demo, have shown how far the PS5 and Xbox Series S|X are pushed once Unreal Engine 5 pulls out all the stops.

Similarly shocking results have been observed in games like Immortals of Aveum and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

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Ninja Theory’s Hellblade 2 is the latest game based on this engine. Fortunately, its system requirements are nowhere near as shocking, with the studio recommending a GeForce RTX 4080 for a great 4K gaming experience.

Because Unreal Engine 5 is still a work in progress, we believe this technology will come into its own once next-gen consoles are released.

The PS5 and Xbox Series S|X were never too well-equipped for this engine to begin with, and it will get more intensive from here on out. However, with developers now having a grasp of this engine, console manufacturers should be able to produce hardware capable of keeping up with these demands.

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