Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 has received its first major update today, with two significant additions for virtual reality (VR) development. Update 4.1 brings support for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam OS and Linux. The developer confirmed that this does indeed make Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus VR headset for PlayStation 4 compatible with the engine, which will also bring Oculus Rift support to Linux.
This update means that developers subscribed to the engine that are also registered PlayStation and Xbox developers will be able to bring the engine to consoles at no extra cost. It was previously accessible to PC, Mac and iOS and Android developers.
As Epic Games’ explained on its official blog, a tech demo for the engine, titled Shooter Game, is also currently underground certification for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The sample highlights the engine utilising key console features such as split screen, play-as-you-download options and even Trophies and Achievements.
The past week has seen a number of Unreal Engine 4 developed VR projects posted online. One was a virtual tour of the USS Voyager from the Star Trek Voyager TV series, while the other was a miniaturised rollercoaster ride taking place in a living room. Upcoming VR adventure XING: The Land Beyond has also made the switch to the engine. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all developments regarding the engine and VR development and bring them to you.