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Unity open source development comes to Sony PS Vita

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Thu Jan 16 2014, 15:49
Sony's new PS Vita games console

CROSS-PLATFORM GAMES DEVELOPER TOOL OUTFIT Unity has rolled out a version for people who want to write games for the Sony Playstation (PS) Vita.

The launch of Unity 4.3 for the PS Vita opens the world of the handheld PS Vita games console to the independent developer. Unity said that once a game is built with its tools the game can run anywhere. Unity users already have access to the Playstation 3 (PS3) and Playstation 4 (PS4), in a version of the software that Unity launched last year.

"Back in March 2013, we announced a partnership with Sony based on support for every single one of SCE's Playstation platforms, in addition to Unity for Playstation 3. Today, we're thrilled to announce that with Unity 4.3 we're releasing Unity for Playstation Vita to the public," said the firm in a post to its blog.

"Developers with a licensed developer agreement from SCE for PS Vita will now be able to deploy their game to PS Vita via the Unity engine and make use of platform-specific functionality including: Motion sensors, Front and rear cameras, Dual analog sticks, [and] Rear Touch pad."

As well as these features Unity for PS Vita also adds Playstation Network features like trophies and friends, ensuring a consistent experience.

"As with all the other platforms we support, Unity for PS Vita allows you to develop your game once, without rewriting the code from scratch; simply build and run it on your PS Vita devkit," added the firm.

"Not only that, you can now create both 2D and 3D games with Unity 4.3, animate almost anything with the native animation system Mecanim, and implement very cool graphics. And all of it can be run directly on your PS Vita devkit for quick iteration!"

A game called Stick it to the Man and developed by Zoink is produced by the firm as an example of a game that was developed for the PS machines using Unity. Unity is lined up to release support for all the Playstation platforms and is also available for the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii games consoles. µ


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