Epic Get Unreal Engine 4 Up And Running In A Web Browser

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 8:04 PM
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Epic Games and Mozilla have teamed up to provide us with a first glimpse at Unreal Engine 4 running entirely through the humble Firefox browser, with some pretty impressive results.

Previous stabs at browser gaming have been limited to such luminaries as Bejeweled, Solitaire and the inimitable Baseball Cap Chic. Epic have upped the game considerably now though, revealing a video of their Soul and Swing Ninja demos running in Firefox at nearly native speeds…

No plugins have been used whatsoever to achieve this feat, just a plain old vanilla web browser. As showcase for the power of the web as a platform for gaming it’s certainly an impressive one, and while there’s clearly some work to do on the frame rates it certainly looks like a seismic shift forwards.

This technology has reached a point where games users can jump into via a Web link are now almost indistinguishable from ones they might have had to wait to download and install,” said Brendan Eich, CTO and SVP of engineering at Mozilla. “Using Emscripten to cross-compile C and C++ into asm.js, developers can run their games at near-native speeds, so they can approach the Web as they would any other platform.

"We were blown away by what this Mozilla-pioneered technology achieved with Unreal Engine 3 on the Web, so we had no hesitation in working with Mozilla to port Unreal Engine 4," said Epic Games' Tim Sweeney. "We believe the Web has a crucial part to play in the future of game development and deployment, and Mozilla has proven it is the catalyst to make this happen."

In this instance the actual video processing is done on the client side, so you would in fact need a decent system and graphics card to get it running. One of the main benefits to technology such as this it the speed with which you could theoretically play a game. A quick click of a button and you could be straight into a playable demo, or playing World of Warcraft just by visiting the website. This rapid and portable approach means that gamers could login and play a game from anywhere, without any client side files.

What do you make of this latest tech leap from Epic and Mozilla?

Do you think browsers really have the potential to take off as a gaming format?

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11:40 Mar-15-2014

Interesting!

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09:36 Mar-15-2014

Would you believe me if I told you that a region free PS4 costs $1500 here.

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08:36 Mar-15-2014

Hope dishonored 2 will be made with this engine :)

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03:36 Mar-15-2014

This is cool, but I don't think I can replace the feeling of double clicking that game icon on my desktop :p
They also say you can play this game anywhere, does this mean this is completely hardware independent?

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05:17 Mar-15-2014

I agree, without the necessary double-click on the shortcut...it would just feel wrong and unnatural.

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23:52 Mar-14-2014

This doesn't sound like a good idea to me. If some idiot hacks the sever where the game files are stored, they could stuff up the game files for every user in an instant.

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21:39 Mar-14-2014

i just tried it. sadly it's locked to 59.9 fps so my benchmark was not valid :(
oh and: it also works in chrome xD

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20:57 Mar-14-2014

As a Firefox user, I'm very happy.

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20:42 Mar-14-2014

I like it :)

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19:12 Mar-14-2014

The best engine in the world and i hope Watch Dogs engine which is disrupt engine learn from that Genius engine which can run on a low specs PCs.

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19:04 Mar-14-2014

Really nice XD

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17:48 Mar-14-2014

I really don't get what that is, just a game running in Firefox window, no idea what's so awesome about that considering they have files stored offline in some folder, so there is no internet lag, I don't see a use for it...

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20:40 Mar-14-2014

Runescape 4.0? XD

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10:18 Mar-15-2014

hmm maybe =Đ

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17:41 Mar-14-2014

wow...i think this will be better than unity :O

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17:23 Mar-14-2014

Pff the new consoles. This is next gen.

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17:03 Mar-14-2014

O-o whats next ? Crytek gets Cryengine 2 running on a god damn dish washer ?

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17:16 Mar-14-2014

lol,that would be awesome. my dirty spoons would have entertainment while coming cleaner at same time :D

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