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Unreal Engine's editor can be used in VR and that's pretty cool

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Epic Games shows what it's like to build a world, virtually

Even if you're not a game developer, level editor or virtual reality evangelist, Epic Games' latest innovation for its popular Unreal Engine is impressive. During a livestream today, the company showed off how Unreal Engine developers can use the game's editor in VR to develop content, moving and editing 3D objects with a "virtual iPad" interface.

Epic Games' Tim Sweeney and Mike Fricker offer a quick overview of Unreal Engine's VR editor in the video above. You'll see Fricker using an HTC Vive head-mounted display and motion controls to edit a virtual environment in real-time.

"You're editing VR in VR," Sweeney said. "It's a completely what-you-see-is-what-you-get experience. There's no question about what your game looks like."

If you're interested in a longer look at Unreal Engine's VR editor, Epic Games' replay of its 40-minute livestream can be watched in the Twitch archive below. The company plans to reveal more details about its VR editor at next month's Game Developers Conference.