Unreal Engine 3 Running on ASUS' Vivo Tab RTby Anand Lal Shimpi on August 29, 2012 11:23 AM EST
NVIDIA proudly announced today that Epic Games ported the UE3 powered Epic Citadel demo to Windows RT, and showed it running on ASUS' Vivo Tab RT. The Citadel demo first made its big splash on iOS, later paving the way for the Infinity Blade franchise on Apple's mobile platform. Epic has largely stayed away from publicly showing support for Android, although paying UE3 licensees are given access to an Android version of the Unreal Development Kit (the iOS UDK is available as a free download, by comparison). I suspect things will be different with Windows 8/RT however. Epic got its start on Windows, and this early show of support is likely a very good thing.
The demo ran smoothly on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, at 35 - 45 fps according to the video below. Getting UE3 up and running on Windows RT is a big step. Microsoft's trump card in ultra mobile race has always been its role in the game industry. If it can stop treating the Xbox like a console and make it more of a platform that can run on Windows Phone, Windows 8/RT and Xbox hardware, it will have a real advantage compared over Apple and Google. That's if Microsoft is willing to treat all of its platforms as equal class citizens when it comes to games it publishes.