The presentation of the new Unreal Engine 5 caused a lot of astonishment in the gaming world, also among many developers and journalists. On the Devkit of the PlayStation 5, the impressive tech demo achieved a stable 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1440p (if you missed it, watch the UE5 video here).
Since then, of course, the question has arisen as to whether the Xbox Series X is capable of such a performance and what PC hardware you need to get these results. Hardware editor Nils has a clear opinion:
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The PS5 is way ahead of the PC – and that's a good thing!
Now Epic Games China surprises with a new statement: The technical manager at Epic China is said to have stated in a live broadcast that the demo already shown on a laptop with RTX2080 and NVMe 970 SSD ran – at 40 frames per second and more in 1440p. This is reported by DSOGaming and the Spanish website Gamevicio, citing translations on Twitter and Reddit.
In theory, the PC hardware would already be a bit faster than the PlayStation 5. The goal of the developers on this setup is a frame rate of 60 FPS. The statement that a laptop should beat the still unpublished PlayStation 5 comes as a surprise to many.
However, one should keep in mind that this is only about the performance in this special UE5 demo, which does not necessarily allow conclusions to be drawn about the total or average performance.
Doesn't the demo play the biggest PS5 trump card?
What does this statement mean specifically? The SSD is considered the PS5's secret ingredient for tremendous performance – however, the demo of Unreal Engine 5 does not seem to exhaust this strength. So there is clearly more potential dormant in the new technology than the video shows us so far.
But there is also a contradiction: Epic CEO Tim Sweeney joined the discussion for laptop performance. It was just a video played on the notebook, said Sweeney.
Chinese game developer but stick to the presentation. Due to the language barrier it remains unclear what was really said in the stream, the video clip has since been deleted.