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Unity for PlayStation®4 is here!

June 16, 2014 in Company News and Info, Tech by

Unity is proud to announce the full public release of Unity 4.3 for PlayStation®4. Big thanks to all those developers who have assisted us throughout the development process, your help has been invaluable and is greatly appreciated!

What PS4 features are available?

Unity for PlayStation®4 brings support for powerful next-generation technologies such as Shader Model 5 and compute shaders, allowing developers to create truly stunning visuals. What’s more, we already have support for all the DUALSHOCK®4 features, including accessing each controller’s individual speaker, touchpad, vibration, and light color.

Plus, Unity4.3 for PlayStation®4 supports camera features such as depth detection, hand and face positioning and PS Move detection. Full support for integration with Sony’s VR headset, Project Morpheus, is coming soon.

How can my team get Unity for PlayStation®4?

Start by registering with Sony. Once registered, developers can download Unity for PlayStation®4, get creating and self-publish. It’s that simple. As a special extra incentive, Sony will make a number of licenses available absolutely free of charge for approved titles.

Remember to visit Sony’s Unity forum once you’re up and running. The developers of Unity for PlayStation®4 are regular contributors, and it’s the place for PlayStation®4 Unity developers to come together to share knowledge and experience.

Can I publish games now using Unity for PlayStation®4?

Absolutely. In fact, a number of PS4 titles built in Unity have already shipped and many more are in production. Recent releases include…

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What’s next?

Right now the development team are splitting their efforts between two goals. We will continue to improve, optimize and support the ongoing 4.3 releases. At the same time, we’re working on bringing Unity 5.0 to PlayStation®4 as soon as possible.

As there’s lots to do, we won’t be releasing Unity for PlayStation® builds for upcoming dot releases in the Unity 4.x cycle. We will, however, continue to deliver regular 4.3 releases and will likely continue to run these releases alongside initial alpha and beta releases of Unity 5.0 when the time comes. We’ll update on 5.0 news for PlayStation®4 once we have it.

How did we get here?

The development team also works on other PlayStation platforms and has worked on Sony platforms since the days of the original PlayStation. We have thoroughly enjoyed bringing our experience to Unity development and look forward to working closely with developers to learn what our community needs going forward!

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Mike
16 Jun 2014, 6:48 pm

Why is this not available for Europe?

DaveM
16 Jun 2014, 7:09 pm

Like above comment + why is it that Sony consoles are the only consoles on the market where it is 100% required to be with a company in order to develop for their consoles??? i would love to develop for the ps4 but it is impossible because i am a sole developer who wants to create 100% products. for consoles that is impossible so far!

Good
16 Jun 2014, 7:30 pm

You can be a corporate entity without being a part of a larger company.

16 Jun 2014, 7:49 pm

You can form your own company, and be a company of one. This is actually how I got my start with Sony and the PSP Minis program. They are much more approachable than you would think.

16 Jun 2014, 9:24 pm

How much a license cost ?

Jo Ryall
16 Jun 2014, 9:24 pm

@Mike, Unity for PS4 is available globally, not just in the USA. Just visit playstation.com/develop/ Thanks

16 Jun 2014, 9:41 pm

@Jo: The website clearly states only for US & Canada.

16 Jun 2014, 9:42 pm

“You must be physically located in US, Mexico, Central America, South America, or Canada”

16 Jun 2014, 10:05 pm

@Martin Read 2 lines further and you’ll see the text:

“For companies located outside of the Americas, please see
https://www.companyregistration.playstation.com

Zhal
16 Jun 2014, 10:22 pm

And just below that it says:
“For companies located outside of the Americas, please see
https://www.companyregistration.playstation.com

mandrake
16 Jun 2014, 10:22 pm

So, as long as you sign up with Sony, Unity PS4 is free of cost? or do you still need to purchase some kind of licence?

Adam
16 Jun 2014, 10:49 pm

Do i need to really have a company for developing for ps4?Can i enter the name of fake company(does not exisist)?Is developing with unity for ps4 free?

Jo Ryall
16 Jun 2014, 10:50 pm

@Mandrake @Alex, Sony will make a number of licenses available free of charge for approved titles.

Mark
16 Jun 2014, 11:19 pm

You can be a sole proprietor but you need a static ip to work with sony. Your isp will probably charge a bit extra for that.

Michael Uzdavines
16 Jun 2014, 11:21 pm

Am I correct that the standard Unity Editor does not work and that we are to still use the editor obtainable from the PS4 dev net?

DaveM
17 Jun 2014, 12:18 am

I have just seen on the eu submission site for becoming a dev and it clearly states that i have to be able to mention a company name which is exactly the point *I cannot be incorporated because i am a pensionist* and here in DK we are only allowed a small amount of money earning when we are declared retired of the working market and that is also the main reason why i want to develop games that costs nothing… i guess i’m stuck with pc and mac forever because i cannot complete the formula as it stands with my pension…. if anyone can help me otherwise i’d be glad to listen but i just don’t see any way out :-/

17 Jun 2014, 10:00 am

Guys, enough with the developer requirements comments. They have nothing to do with Unity or Unity on PS4 and don’t belong here. Please take it up with Sony directly.

Tim Cannell
17 Jun 2014, 10:06 am

@MICHAEL, Yes the editor and PS4 specific player can be obtained from Sonys PS4 developer website. At some point soon, we will just have have one editor for all platforms, but currently we have a specific one from the PS4

Mike Hergaarden
17 Jun 2014, 3:44 pm

My EU account manager confirms this is probably a SCEA deal only. No free licenses for EU as far as he knows right now.

17 Jun 2014, 5:39 pm

Great release.

As for hobbyists, please accept that some hobbies cost more money than others, and you will need to purchase a dev kit. Any issues you have, you will need to contact Sony directly.

Tino
17 Jun 2014, 5:42 pm

Great work guys!

For developers without a company, you also have a great self publishing option for PS Vita via Unity PSM route:
http://blogs.unity3d.com/2014/04/08/playstationvita-for-all-the-unity-for-playstationmobile-public-preview/

No NDA’s or static IPs are required, and if you would like to see PSM working on PS4 you can say so here: http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/Suggestions/PSM-on-the-PS4/idi-p/19755017

17 Jun 2014, 7:11 pm

In all honestly, Unity PS4 and Unity PS Vita should really get a deal similar to the one that Nintendo Wii U and Xbox One has (You get Unity for free for those two).

I don’t know how, but please make it happen. Asking indie developers for a license fee per title on top of the cost of actually developing the title doesn’t sound very indie friendly.

18 Jun 2014, 9:18 pm

Unity Sony licenses cost 25000$ plus all hardware and devkits plus all PEGI/ESBN ratings = lot of money.

Tino
19 Jun 2014, 2:17 am

If you can’t afford a DevKit and you want to make a Unity game on Sony console, you can do so via PSM Unity.
http://blogs.unity3d.com/2014/04/08/playstationvita-for-all-the-unity-for-playstationmobile-public-preview/

21 Jun 2014, 7:56 pm

free psn code no survey (not a lie).

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