Epic shows PS3, 360 power

Journalists and developers expected to see the latest tricks of the Unreal Engine at Epic Games' private demo at the Game Developers Conference this week - but they didn't necessarily expect to see bothGears of Warand Unreal Tournament 2007 running on next-gen development hardware.

While the bulk of the presentation was a fancy (and compelling) sales pitch for why game creators should use the powerful Unreal Engine 3.0 development suite, Epic kicked it off with a two-minute interactive segment of Gears of War. Referred to simply as "Factory Approach," the game's hero Marcus Fenix crept around during a nighttime thunderstorm, offing shrieking creatures with an array of weapons, including a mighty shotgun. The smoke trails and lightning strikes were clearly the stars - it was, after all, a tech demo to show the engine's power.