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Sony to include Unreal Engine 3 in PS3 dev kits
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Sony Computer Entertainment Interactive has entered a licensing agreement with Epic Games to obtain rights to Unreal Engine 3, a games development framework developed by the company.

The Unreal Engine 3 includes programmable shaders, physics, and GUI based physics tools that will create photo-realistic images and subsequently shorten game development time. An evaluation version of the engine will become available with the Software Development Kit for the Playstation 3.

"We're very happy to have a strategic licensing agreement with Epic Games," said Masa Chantani, corporate executive and CTO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "The power of the Unreal Engine demonstrated at E3 was so highly received. By providing the outstanding content development technology of the Unreal Engine 3 for PS3 developer community, we believe that many high quality content maximizing the power of the PS3 will become available."

In May 2005, Epic Games demonstrated the power of the Playstation 3 with an impressive real-time demonstration that included explosive CG effects using the Unreal Engine 3.

"We're very excited to be able to work closely with SCEI to provide our complete end-to-ends solution to PS3 developers," said Tim Sweeny, CEO, Epic Games. "Now, every PS3 developer will be able to try out Unreal Engine 3 and be productive on their very first day of PS3 development."

Sony is scheduled to launch the Playstation 3 in spring 2006.

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