Gears dev The Coalition shares Unreal Engine 5 tech demo screenshot running on Xbox Series X

The Coalition Alpha Point Xbox Series X
The Coalition Alpha Point Xbox Series X (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)
Source: Xbox Game Studios (Image credit: Source: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • The Coalition is a first-party Xbox studio known for its work on the Gears of War series.
  • The Coalition shared a screenshot from an upcoming technical demo, giving a glimpse of what to expect.
  • The full demo will be shown on July 20 at GDC 2021.

Gears of War developer The Coalition is sharing a technical demo called Alpha Point on July 20 as part of GDC 2021. This demo showcases Unreal Engine 5's potential with features like Lumen and Nanite on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Ahead of the technical showcase, we've got a screenshot from the demo that was captured on Xbox Series X.

Source: Xbox Game Studios (Image credit: Source: Xbox Game Studios)

Unreal Engine 5 is currently available for developers in early access, with another Xbox studio, Ninja Theory, working on an Unreal Engine 5 game in Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2.

The Coalition is one of the 23 studios making up the Xbox first-party family across Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Known for its work on the Gears of War franchise, such as one of the best Xbox games available, Gears 5, The Coalition previously confirmed that it wouldn't have any new game reveals in the near future as the team works on understanding Unreal Engine 5.

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  • But but UE5 was "only possible on PS5". 😆 Ah I remember that day well, when the PS community felt like Gods on Twitter.
  • They had to get something out of Sony's $250M investment in EPIC?
  • Literally no one said that. Hell UE5 is scalable to the previous gen.
  • Literally a lot of people said that. The demo was shown on ps5 and there were a lot of sony stans parroting a few youtubers who claimed that, for various reasons but mostly the ssd, the demo wouldn't be possible on xbox. No one who knows anything about UE believed it, but the fanboys ran with it anyway.
  • Also, Sony invested in Epic Games. No surprised here.
  • Fanboy demo wars predate the internet. Fan service tech demos have a long history, dating back to the AMIGA bouncing ball demo.
    For those that came in late: Commodore circa 1984 showed a demo of a bouncing ball over a colored grid to show how useful their graphics coprocessors were. "Can't be done on anything else!" said the fen.
    " Not so! " countered the Atari crowd, who promptly replicated it in software. And the slings came out. Sony in particular is fond of these eyecandy demos. One particularly memorable was an aspirational prerendered video for the upcoming GRAN TURISMO during the PS3 launch. The game itself fell a "wee bit" of the "tech demo" when the game showed up, three years later. By now anybody who's been around the block at least once routinely discounts those demos regardless of who's behind them.
  • Literally there is the internet, of course people said that.
  • What I was hearing more at the time was the PS5's SSD would make it perform better than the XSX in terms of frame rate and graphics. But hey, based on Digital Foundry's analysis showing the PS5 generally performing better than the XSX, maybe the SSD is all that it's been made out to be? LOL
  • I want to get better frame rate and graphics, I'll just update my SSD. LOL
  • Also Ark 2 is going to be on the Unreal 5 engine.