Unity Development Tools To Be Available On All PlayStation Platforms

By Ishaan . March 21, 2013 . 5:00pm

Unity Technologies and Sony have announced a partnership that will make the company’s Unity tools available on all PlayStation platforms.

 

Unity tools are already compatible with the PlayStation 3, but this agreement will see them developed for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PS Mobile, along with Sony’s future cloud services.

 

This is significant because Unity is one of the most widely-used tools for the development of videogames today, and is employed by both smaller indie developers as well as larger software publishers across various kinds of projects.

 

Sony aren’t the only console company trying to court Unity developers either. Nintendo, too, are going to be making Wii U development easier by allowing developers to use tools like Unity, HTML5 and JavaScript on Wii U. Nintendo will demonstrate their efforts to bring these technologies to Wii U at GDC next week.

 


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  • Solomon_Kano

    This is big. Smart move on Sony’s part.

    Speaking of Unity, Squenix was hiring for a Unity RPG for PS3/Vita in 2011. I wonder what happened to that?

  • benhofb

    Soo… This means the Unity development engines/programs/etc. will be available for the Vita, PS4 and PSM? Huh. So in other words, games already developed in Unity can be ported to said platforms in an easier manner?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yep.

      “Unity makes it easy to iterate and Unity does the heavy lifting when porting games to other platforms. Code is automatically converted, and just polish and optimization for that specific platform needs to be added. But all the other stuff — the art, the game logic, artificial intelligence, sound — everything else, remains the same.”

      • benhofb

        Wow, well that really does open up a lot for Sony. Loads of games seem to have the Unity logo on ‘em, so the new support will be great for the new platforms. Hopefully that’ll also mean some more worth-while PSM games (some of them are complete shovel-ware).

        • Solomon_Kano

          Indeed. This could dramatically increase their digital offerings across all platforms with the ease of porting. Lots of Unity games I wouldn’t mind seeing go PS3/4/M, especially with PSM games being Vita-compatible. It’s an exciting prospect.

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  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Getting Unity in a partnership is huge news for indie studios. There are quite a few indie games out there that I would love to see on any of the Sony systems and now this deal makes it that much easier.

    It seems like Sony is really gearing up for next gen, covering from garage indie developers to epic AAA studios and everything in between.

    • Peeka Chu

      A huge portion of mobile games are made with Unity, so I’d expect this news is best for Vita and PSN (looking ahead toward PS4 games).

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        Not just mobile titles though, some of those large funded games on Kickstarter are being made on Unity. So if they wanted to, for example, there could be a PS3/4/V version of Wasteland 2. Someone would have to do the work but it’d be much easier to port.

  • DesmaX

    Great. I’ve used Unity in my collegue. It’s a great engine

  • http://tos.revasser.net/ Taylor

    Wh- what about the PSP? 8< I'd like to make something for the PSP… I don't have a PS3 and are not getting a Vita…

    What do you mean the PSP is dead? It's only dead because Sony America's claiming it is. *grumble grumble*

    • Solomon_Kano

      No, it’s dead because the majority of western publishers, as well as most of the gaming public, have stopped paying it any mind. Aksys, Xseed, Atlus, they cater to those of us in the niche who still actively uses their PSPs. Most people do not. The PSP has been dead outside of Japan for some time now.

      Feel free to make a game for any of the other platforms Unity supports. Mac, PC, Linux, Wii U, iOS, Android, WP8, Xbox 360. Heck, they even support web games and Facebook social games. Take your pick.

  • Lester Paredes

    Yay! more games for my Vita! It’s all I care about.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    So this means they can port Valkyria Chronicles Duel to PS platforms right?

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

    I guess this means we get more opportunities for glorious games :>

  • ragingmerifes

    That’s great, since Unity is free, and easy to make games with. Maybe we’ll see some interesting indie games on PSN, someday.

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