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The Unity game engine continues advancing at a truly rapid pace, with Unity 2019.1 being released today.

Quite an exciting release for developers with all the new features but for Linux developers especially, it's a good day. The Unity editor for Linux has left Experimental status and moved into Preview mode. What does it mean exactly? In their own words "we are now on a path to a fully supported version by the end of the year".

For the Linux editor, they will be giving priority to Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 as well as CentOS 7, 64bit, the GNOME desktop environment on X11 as well as the proprietary NVIDIA driver and AMD Mesa.

Their "High-Definition Render Pipeline" has also seen some advancements, including better support for Linux and Vulkan with "fewer artifacts" although some issues do remain. Their SRP batcher is now supported on OpenGL Core 4.2+, OpenGL Core and OpenGL ES 3.1+ now have full support for CBUFFERs in shaders, Vulkan and OpenGL also saw some compute shader compilation optimizations, there's initial sparse texture support for Vulkan, there's also a number of Linux-specific bug fixes that made it into this release like the annoying "game is not responding" issue seen on GNOME desktops with Unity-built games and so on.

There's absolutely masses of new and improved features, far too much for me to post here without ending up with a ridiculously long list so I do suggest you check out their full update post here.

What's also awesome, is their latest short film which was made with Unity 2019.1 which you can see below:

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Thormack 16 April 2019 at 12:48 pm UTC
Does this help fix bugs on Unity games?


Like Rust
2fastHunter 16 April 2019 at 1:23 pm UTC
I switched from evaluating Unity to Godot. It is a shame, that such a design- and developmenttool is not able to scale its GUI correctly with the monitors resolution. On a 4k monitor it was/is a pain to use the Unity editor.
x_wing 16 April 2019 at 2:44 pm UTC
ThormackDoes this help fix bugs on Unity games?


Like Rust

The bug in that game is the developer.
EMO GANGSTER 16 April 2019 at 2:53 pm UTC
2fastHunterI switched from evaluating Unity to Godot. It is a shame, that such a design- and developmenttool is not able to scale its GUI correctly with the monitors resolution. On a 4k monitor, it was/is a pain to use the Unity editor.


Yeah, bugs and the GUI scaling made me shelf a project hopeful they fixed it. With that said, has Godot got a lot better it seemed very limited over 5 years ago when I played around with it.


Last edited by EMO GANGSTER on 16 April 2019 at 2:55 pm UTC
mirv 16 April 2019 at 3:47 pm UTC
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It's nice to see Unity improving all the time, and extra cool to see officially supporting AMD + Mesa. All of that becoming more & more stable, and easily installed or available out of the box, along with native GNU/Linux editor support would be a huge boon to game development on GNU/Linux itself. I've often said that porting after making a game is one thing, but developing it natively is something else entirely and ideally what we'd like.

Wonder what the push is for this recently. Not that I mind.
Pikolo 16 April 2019 at 4:11 pm UTC
mirvIt's nice to see Unity improving all the time, and extra cool to see officially supporting AMD + Mesa. All of that becoming more & more stable, and easily installed or available out of the box, along with native GNU/Linux editor support would be a huge boon to game development on GNU/Linux itself. I've often said that porting after making a game is one thing, but developing it natively is something else entirely and ideally what we'd like.

Wonder what the push is for this recently. Not that I mind.

Might be Stadia - that runs natively on Linux, and while it has it's own SDK, I assume many similarities to desktop Linux in things like scheduling remain
mirv 16 April 2019 at 5:05 pm UTC
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Pikolo
mirvIt's nice to see Unity improving all the time, and extra cool to see officially supporting AMD + Mesa. All of that becoming more & more stable, and easily installed or available out of the box, along with native GNU/Linux editor support would be a huge boon to game development on GNU/Linux itself. I've often said that porting after making a game is one thing, but developing it natively is something else entirely and ideally what we'd like.

Wonder what the push is for this recently. Not that I mind.

Might be Stadia - that runs natively on Linux, and while it has it's own SDK, I assume many similarities to desktop Linux in things like scheduling remain

I had thought of that, but I'm not seeing much extra from the other engine developers in the same area. So maybe it's just Unity being awesome, like how they were first to the GNU/Linux desktop for many indie developers. Perhaps just natural progression.
Natedawg 16 April 2019 at 5:25 pm UTC
As someone who has been using Unity professionally for about a decade now, this is great news! More game dev tools officially supported on Linux seems like a very good thing to me
Creak 16 April 2019 at 5:48 pm UTC
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mirvI had thought of that, but I'm not seeing much extra from the other engine developers in the same area. So maybe it's just Unity being awesome, like how they were first to the GNU/Linux desktop for many indie developers. Perhaps just natural progression.
In fact, Unity is not just about games. Some film, automotive and AEC (Architecture, Engineering, & Construction) companies are also Unity users and they do use Linux as their main driver.
Purple Library Guy 16 April 2019 at 8:03 pm UTC
EMO GANGSTER
2fastHunterI switched from evaluating Unity to Godot. It is a shame, that such a design- and developmenttool is not able to scale its GUI correctly with the monitors resolution. On a 4k monitor, it was/is a pain to use the Unity editor.


Yeah, bugs and the GUI scaling made me shelf a project hopeful they fixed it. With that said, has Godot got a lot better it seemed very limited over 5 years ago when I played around with it.
I've no personal experience, but by all accounts Godot has been developing very fast and is indeed a long way from where it was 5 years ago. Apparently very good for 2d, still needing a fair amount of work for 3d is the impression I've gotten around here.
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