Unreal Engine 4 probably in 2014 — Epic

Epic Games next piece of game tech, Unreal Engine 4, will be available in 2014, founder Tim Sweeney expects. The tech will work with next generation consoles, he says, giving a solid hint that at the very latest, new consoles will be with us by then.

“I spend about 60 percent of my time every day doing research work that’s aimed at our next generation engine and the next generation of consoles,” Sweeney said in an interview with IGN.

“This is technology that won’t see the light of day until probably around 2014, but focusing on that horizon enables me to do some really cool things that just aren’t practical today, but soon will be.”

The code mastermind — who’s essentially the Epic equivalent of id Software’s John Carmack — also said a few words on where game tech in general might be in the next decade: “I really see two major milestones coming up for games in the very long-term future. Number one is achieving movie quality graphics and movie quality pixels on the screen, which mean no flicker in the visuals, no popping artifacts, no bulky character outlines on the screen at all. I see that actually occurring over the next ten years.”