Game engine technologies have come a long way since the 8-bit days, and thanks to consoles like the Xbox 360 as well as the PS3, gamers can now enjoy them from the comfort of their own home. Continue reading to see five amazing game technologies.

1. Unreal Engine 3

Demonstrated at the 2011 Game Developers Conference, this real-time demo of ‘Samaritan’ shows what Epic wants to see in the next generation of games; the features demonstrated in this video are available now in UDK.

2. VFX Tech Demo

We have seen the future of facial animations in games, and it’s called VFX. It’s a piece of technology by the guys at Janimation and could almost be considered too realistic, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

3. From Dust

Direct from Gamescom, Ubisoft gives us a first look at From Dust, a new game from Eric Chahi featuring an exotic world that can be shaped at will by your divine powers. The most impressive thing about this title is definitely its game engine.

4. NVIDIA Hair

This NVIDIA tech demo, shown at GDC 2010, simulates 18,000 individual strands of human hair simultaneously, completely interactive with light, wind, and, apparently, conditioning – just look at that bounce and shine.

5. CryEngine 3

This followup to CryEngine 2 will supposedly feature many advanced graphical, physical and animation technologies as well as many gameplay enhancements. Best of all, it can be used for PC as well as console games.