The latest version of the Unreal Engine is now available for download for developers. This update brings official support for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. In their blog post, Epic writes:
We’re pleased to announce that Unreal Engine 4.25 is now available for download, with a host of new and enhanced features for industries across the board.
For game developers, this is the first release with initial support for Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X as first-class platforms, and throughout the year we will be updating the 4.25-Plus branch with optimizations, fixes, and certification requirements to support developers launching on the next generation of consoles. Features include platform-specific functionality, such as new audio advancements, initial support for online subsystems, and early support for TRC and XR certification requirements.
Good support from Epic is important for Microsoft, as their studios are heavily invested in the Unreal Engine. Game studios such as Rare, Ninja Theory, Playground Games and The Coalition use the engine for their games.
Besides support for the next generation gaming consoles, Epic Games writes about advancements on the Chaos physics, Niagara VFX and the Clear Coat shading model. You can read about all of the changes in the Unreal Engine 4.25 release here.