UE4 Support for HTML5 Presents “A Big Area of Future Tension” for Publishing Models – Epic Games
But because of the need for “experiences”, it’ll take a while.
Gamasutra recently sat down and spoke to Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein on Unreal Engine 4 and the announcement that it will support HTML5 in the near future. This has several developers interested since now one could potentially develop and deploy high-end games for devices that need only to run a web browser to play them.
“But on PC, where you have virtually unlimited ranges of power – and most people have more PC than you need to play what you consider “web games” – you’ll have lots of capabilities. But on the console, you see the big blockbuster games like Gears of War, people expect every last pixel to be lit up.”
And as long as people expect those kind of experiences from their specialized consoles, it’ll be a while before they’re willing to play a more “generalized” version off their web browsers.