On Thursday, Epic Games released the Unreal Engine 4.20, which finally provides support for the latest iterations of ARKit and ARCore and Magic Leap One for early access.
Originally announced this year, Unreal Engine 4.20 is the first release to fully support development on the Magic Leap platform. The release includes frameworks for camera control, world meshing, motion control, forward and deferred rendering, eye tracking and gesture support.
Unreal Engine developers can now create AR experiences with ARKit 2.0 features, such as: , Shared experiences, persistent content and object recognition (in preparation for the fall version of iOS 12).
Developers can also update their apps to new features, including vertical layer detection, image recognition, and the cross-platform cloud -Anchors multiplayer protocol, which is now available in ARCore 1.2 for Android.
The release also brings new development features from Epic Games, including more than 100 mobile optimizations from his very popular Fortnite game and more than 165 developer community enhancements on GitHub.
One peculiarity that may interest developers in immersive experiences is Mixed Reality Capture mode. This allows developers to start viewer modes that put the players together in scenes. The early-access version of the feature supports a variety of webcams and HDMI capture devices, allowing developers to add green-screen scenes to their apps and games.
"Unreal Engine 4.20 lives up to our promise to give developers the scalable tools they need to succeed ", wrote Jeff Wilson, senior technical editor at Epic Games, in a blog post. "[Now you can] create a future-oriented mobile game, explore the impact of Niagara, breathe life into compelling, credible digital people and leverage workflow optimization across platforms."
In addition to the latest AR toolkits Mobile Optimizations are a big deal for developers of AR experiences. AR is still a mostly mobile world, but the ability to create experiences that can easily be adapted to other platforms such as Magic Leap is good for the availability of high-quality content when end-user headsets come on the shelves. 39; t Miss: The Magic Leap Unity Conference reveals many new details, here's what we found out