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Original 1995 demo shows how far video game graphics have come

Lately, we’ve all been blown away by the godlike power that is Unreal Engine 5. Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience was our first glimpse of what UE5 was capable of, but since then fans have used the engine to dream up their own visions for the future of the game.

Both Superman and Spider-Man have made their way to free downloadable UE5 fan projects and they look amazing. A fan-made mockup trailer for a UE5 remake of The last of us also recently appeared online and that’s all we’d like to see in the official Naughty Dog remake. UE5 may be the epitome of photorealism, but the Unreal Engine has humble origins.

If you missed it, take a look at Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience below.

YouTuber Cycu1 recently discovered and shared the original Unreal Engine demo from 1995, and it shows how far we’ve come in terms of video game graphics. The demo is not compatible with Windows 10 or 11, so Cycu1 ran the project using Windows XP compatibility mode and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. The age of the demo caused some stability and framerate issues. images, but that being said, the clip looked great and brought out the nostalgia in full force.

The footage shows the player navigating through a series of medieval-looking rooms and hallways, with brick walls and lit by wall torches. First-person shooter footage eventually became 1998 footage Unreal. Developed by Epic MegaGames and Digital Extremes, Unreal was released on PC. The original Unreal Engine would later be used in the production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Deus Exand The wheel of time.

Compared to what we’re now used to in terms of graphics, the 1995 Unreal Engine demo looks incredibly dated, but there’s also something quite magical about it. It’s important to take note of the history of video games, and there was something quite heartwarming about the simplicity of the game’s early years.