Unity is a robust creation engine that eases the process of game development. Even though the program’s primary function is to develop games, it can also be used for app development for mobile, desktop, console and even TV platforms. In this post, we’ll provide a broad overview of Unity and we’ll discuss the exclusive features of the Unity Pro version.
Game engines, like Unity, provide an easy-to-use interface that helps you place items in a scene and manipulate them. Engines also provide code libraries that handle a lot of the otherwise complicated code that is required to build a game engine. A game engine makes the process of making an object on screen move based on keyboard input a 30-minute endeavor, rather than a weeklong endeavor.
Benefits of Unity Pro
- Unity Pro gives you access to Unity Cloud Build, which allows you to store project data on a cloud server so multiple members on your team can build and compile projects faster.
- Having Unity Pro also gives you access to Unity Beta builds. This allows you to be on the cutting edge of Unity updates and start using new features so you can be prepared for the future.
- You will get access to Unity Analytics. Analytics is an extremely detailed set of analytical tools that will help you identify how users are playing your game. Analytics allows you to push new builds of your game out without redeployment, track player behavior, view heat maps, export this information as raw data, and more.
- Unity Pro includes Performance Report. Performance Reporting will automatically send information about errors in your game as users run into them. The errors are sent to a consolidated space on your Unity organization page so you can see the errors and work quickly to resolve them.
- Unity Pro provides exclusive deals for assets on the Asset Store. The Asset Store is a robust marketplace where users can sell or give away their custom assets they’ve created for Unity. The Asset Store is where many critical applications are sold, such as PlayMaker.
- Unity Pro also allows you to create a customizable splash screen. With Unity Personal, you cannot get rid of the Unity Splash Screen on your game. With Unity Pro, you can create whatever splash screen you want and implement it.
- Lastly, Unity Pro includes the Pro Editor Skin. This skin turns the Unity Editor into a dark-themed UI, which makes it easier on the eyes than the personal skin, which is a light shade of Grey. Personally, this is one of my favorite features of the pro version. It is much easier to look at for extended periods of time.
- (FYI: Student discounts are available for Unity Pro.)
Ultimately, the decision to use Unity Pro is largely dependent upon your needs as a developer. Determine what you’re using Unity for and what you need to accomplish your development goals. If you publish your games and need to track the analytics of the game, then go Pro. If you like being involved in Beta testing, then go Pro. If you are doing a lot of collaboration with team members, then go Pro for the cloud-based services. Unity does offer a student discount on Unity Pro.
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