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Hey folks, we’re in the middle of SIGGRAPH 2015 in sunny Los Angeles.  As usual, we’ve been blown away, seeing what everyone in the community has been working on over the last year.  SIGGRAPH has historically been the first place to see the latest advances in graphics and this year is no exception.

If you’re at SIGGRAPH now, hopefully you’ve had a chance to check out some of our talks. Here’s the full list, with links to slides.

Additionally we had some studio courses, taught by Arturo Núñez(@ArturoNereu):

  • Learning to Create Interactive Experiences With Unity 5.
  • Unity 5, The Blacksmith: Make Your Own Viking Movie.

We’ll be at the exhibition hall booth for the rest of the conference; come by and say hi! You can find us at booth #544, or maybe see a few of us wandering the halls. If you have questions, please stop us—we’d love to chat.

Written by Timoni West, Aras Pranckevičius and Renaldas Zioma.

9 replies on “Unity at SIGGRAPH”


Page 9 of your slide titled “What we want”

doesn’t seem to make sense to me.

1. In your comments you say you want MetalSL.
2. but then you indicate SPIR-V as the intermediate.
3. then you are going to reconvert to platform SLs.
4. Why would it go straight to MetalIR.
5. Why didn’t you guys select MetalSL for Vulkan instead of keeping C based SL.
6. How are you going to convince Microsoft to upgrade HLSL if it didn’t do it at this time when the API is changing as well.

What we have now is HLSL as source language, but a very messy (and very different) compilation pipeline for each and every platform. Some use actual HLSL compiler, some use hlsl2glslfork, some use hlslcc, etc. What we want is to have a single frontend and a “middle layer” for all platforms.

Right now it looks like we’ll keep on using HLSL as the source language for quite a while, so that would mean we need a single HLSL -> intermediate layer frontend. Such a thing does not exist right now (which is why we don’t “have it”, just “want it” :)… but one can dream).

For the “middle layer”, right now it feels like building it upon SPIR-V makes the most sense. It’s a well defined intermediate representation for both graphics & compute, and there’s a lot of projects underway in the whole ecosystem that are building various tools upon it.

Not sure I understood your other questions TBH.

Is the assets package used in the “Learning to Create Interactive Experiences With Unity 5” Studio course available? I was unable to find the assets on the Unity site or in the store.

It’s so awesome that Unity is at Siggraph. I remember years ago I think back in 2004 I asked the OTTEE guys (before the company was Unity) If they would be attending Siggraph. They were like “What’s Siggraph?” haha… Just nice to see them here now.

Nice article.
#offtop : Why not to make Unity available on Steam ? To make it easier for users to install and update Unity automatically – within Steam library. I hope someday You will make it reality. Thanks !

I know it’s probably too soon, and this is being researched, but I would really appreciate a blog post about Visual Scripting.
I am design and architecture student, and I’m using another engine, honestly I really like Unity, mainly because I think it’s lightweight and practical and works much better for mobile devices… but honestly I dont like the third-parties solutions, I would like something more integrated and well documented.
I look forward to that. :D

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