The gaming industry is waiting for the next generation of consoles from giants including Sony, and Microsoft, as it has been about five years since the launch of the last generation of gaming consoles. Though Sony launched its’ PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft launched its Xbox One X almost one and two years back respectively. But both the consoles are considered hardware revisions to the original PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One instead of being a separate hardware generation. Also Read - Forza Horizon 5 available for pre-orders: Price in India, editions and moreAlso Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and more
Past rumors have pointed out that both the companies are working behind the scenes on the next generation but the launches are still well over a year away, at the very least. Amidst all the anticipation, reports emerged on the internet claiming that a new platform by the code-name Erebus popped up in the latest release of the Unreal Engine 4. According to a report by GearNuke, this code name was discovered by a user Gemusepizza on ResetEra in the Unreal Engine 4 supported platform list. The report pointed out that Erebus was being referred to as TST2 inside the engine. Also Read - E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward: Far Cry 6, Just Dance 2022, Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline and more
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The code name was being used along with the likes of PS4 and Xbox One for PartyPlatforms where the engine would check if a game supports cross-play between platforms. The report stated that this hinted that Erebus could come with cross-play support with the current generation of platforms. The report pointed out that the reason Erebus could be the PS5 was that according to Wikipedia, Erebus is the Greek god of Darkness and he is identified as one of the first five beings in existence.
For context, the code name of the PS4 was Orbis, and PSVR was Morpheus aligning Erebus with the Sony codename convention. However, just hours after the initial reports popped up on the internet, a developer working with Epic Games took to Twitter to confirm that Erebus refers to the codename that the company had given to Nintendo Switch version of its popular Battle Royale game Fortnite before the announcement.