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E3 News: NVIDIA & Epic Games Show Off Unreal Engine 3

NVIDIA Corp. and Epic Games announced the first public showing of the new game engine Unreal Engine 3 at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Unreal Engine 3 is the first game engine to take full advantage of Shader Model 3.0 -- a key feature of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 -- enabled only by the NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series of graphics processing units (GPUs). Created by Epic Games, Unreal Engine 3 advances lighting and shadowing capabilities, shader effects and editing tools. The Unreal Engine 3 demonstration will be shown in a showcase theater located in the NVIDIA booth (South Hall, # 324). The demos will run every 15 minutes, starting when the show opens each day.

"Together, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series and the Unreal Engine 3 are the perfect solution for developers to meet the challenge of the constantly expanding game worlds and complexities of next-generation PCs and consoles," said Mike Capps, ceo of Epic Games. "The combination of these products will give E3 attendees a glimpse at the future of gaming."

"Unreal Engine 3 sets the bar for what games will look like over the coming years," said Bill Rehbock, director of developer relations at NVIDIA. "Working with the Unreal Engine is a compelling proposition for any game developer looking to push their games forward with innovative visuals, physics, and gameplay."

In addition to the Unreal Engine 3 showcase at the NVIDIA booth, NVIDIA and Epic will also display a sample of the first- and second-round winning game mods from the "$1,000,000 NVIDIA Make Something Unreal" contest. The year-long contest -- which is just about to open its third-round phase for entries -- recognizes individuals from around the world who can create the ultimate game and entertainment mods based on the hit Unreal Engine. For more information about the contest, go to www.makesomethingunreal.com.

Epic Games Inc, based in Raleigh, North Carolina and established in 1991, is a developer of computer and videogames and 3D engine technology. Additional information can be obtained at www.epicgames.com.

NVIDIA Corp. is a market leader in visual computing technology. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.

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