Epic Games Releases Unreal Engine 4 Update With Initial Support for PS5 and Xbox Series X
Unreal Engine 4.25 was recently launched by Epic Games, which adds new features and a brand new tool called "The Unreal Insights."
Epic Games announced on their official blog the launch of Unreal Engine 4’s latest update, 4.25. Brand new features include platform-specific functionality such as new audio advancements, initial support for online subsystems, and early support for TRC and XR certification requirements.
The update also rolled out “The Unreal Insights” profiling application. This feature offers an improved user experience and introduces Networking Insights, which helps you optimize, analyze, and debug network traffic. Epic Games also added a separate Animation Insights plugin to the Unreal Editor, which enables the visualization of gameplay state and live animation behavior.
The blog post continues on: “For game developers, this is the first release with initial support for Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X as first-class platforms, and throughout the year we will be updating the 4.25-Plus branch with optimizations, fixes, and certification requirements to support developers launching on the next generation of consoles.”
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