Unreal Engine 4 officially debuted in February 2012 during a presentation at the Game Developers Conference with access to some developers given not long afterward. The engine was officially released to the development community last month via a $19.95 a month subscription program that gives developers full access to the engine and source code. Epic Games has been working with both Sony and Microsoft to open this up to include the PS4 and Xbox One and that day has finally arrived.
In addition to the PS4 and Xbox One support, Epic Games says that the 4.1 update includes “SteamOS and Linux support, refined iOS and Android workflow, new game templates for programmers and designers and more than 100 improvements based on community feedback.”
The Unreal Engine 4.1 update includes a sample project titled “Shooter Game” and is available for free to download from the marketplace. This demo is also going through certification for the PS4 and Xbox One and should be available for free shortly on the PSN Store and Xbox Store. It features console specific features such split screen, safe zones, loading screens, play-as-you-download, Trophies, Achievements, and more
The “Elemental” demo that debuted with Unreal Engine 4 is another sample project that is being given to developers to check out how to create within the engine. It can be downloaded for free from the Marketplace as well.
Those interested in gaining access to Unreal Engine 4 should head over to the official site and follow the steps listed in this blog to register. You can also check out the weekly Epic Games Twitch stream today, April 24, at 2 p.m. EST where the development team will go more in-depth with the new 4.1 update.