Unreal Engine 5's tech demo can run on an RTX 2070 Super with NVMe storage
An RTX 2070 Super or a mobile RTX 2080 is enough, with NVMe Storage
Published: 18th May 2020 | Source: Multiple Sources |
Unreal Engine 5's tech demo can run on today's PCs with NVMe storage
Epic's Unreal Engine 5 Demo ran on PC, and many gamers saw it as a showcase for the PlayStation 5's SSD performance, a key advantage which Sony's console holds over Microsoft Xbox Series X and modern gaming PCs. Right now, no gaming PC has an SSD that's as fast as Sony's PlayStation 5, though that will change as more PCIe 4.0 SSD controller come to market.
Epic Games has confirmed to the World Today News (via Tweaktown) that this demo can run on PCs with an RTX 2070 Super and fast NVMe SSD. DSO Gaming, citing Chinese Sources, has also stated that the demo can run on a notebook with Nvidia's RTX 2080 and a Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD, delivering 40 FPS framerates.
Unreal Engine 5 is currently in development, and Epic Games has no plans to release the engine to developers before 2021. Epic Games is targetting 60 FPS with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, something which will require more time to implement. Further engine optimisations are needed, though it is encouraging to see the demo running at decent framerates on a mobile gaming PC.
Having this demo running on a PCIe 3.0 Samsung 970 EVO also confirms that Unreal Engine 5 won't require industry-leading SSDs to run well. The 970 EVO won't be as fast as the storage that PlayStation 5 will offer, and it looks like fast PCIe 3.0 SSDs won't be holding back gaming PCs for a while. With Unreal Engine 5 releasing in 2021, it is likely that we won't be seeing AAA Unreal Engine 5 games until at least 2023, giving PC gamers plenty of time to move to faster storage solutions. By this time, Sony's PlayStation 5 SSD will not be ahead of PC.
Unreal Engine 5's tech demo is possible on today's PC hardware, so PC gamers shouldn't worry about their current hardware becoming obsolete overnight. It will take years for Unreal Engine 5 games to launch, and most games will be releasing as cross-generation PS4/PS5 and Xbox One/Xbox Series X titles for the next couple of years. By the time you will need PS5-grade storage and next-gen ready graphics cards, those products should be relatively affordable on both the new and used PC markets.
It is encouraging to hear about Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5 Demo running so well on today's high-end PC hardware. Nvidia's RTX 2080 appears to be running Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo at a faster speed than PS5, and that graphics card released in 2018.
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