To make designing for their platforms easier, Sony has announced that, as of March 15th, they “have entered into a strategic partnership” with Unity Technologies. This new deal will have Unity getting “optimized deployment” for the PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PS Mobile, and the Cloud. The tools for Unity are expected to be available this fall.
Essentially what this deal means is that devs can “port their games to PS4, PS3, PS Vita and PSM without the need to rewrite the code from scratch,” while also allowing them to “bring their IP to dedicated console systems like PS Vita, where users can play their games incorporating unique features like rear touchpad, dual analog sticks, front-and-rear cameras and six axis motion sensor.”
PlayStation Mobile gets a big boost as well, with Unity making it more efficient to create games for the service, while at the same time, allowing easy porting of iPhone, iPad, and Android titles.
Teiji Yutaka, Senior Vice President, Technology Platform of SCE, talked about the deal:
We are very happy to be working with Unity Technologies to deliver Unity for our PlayStation platforms. PlayStation gamers can look forward to playing a broad array of new creative games from Unity’s global community of developers, which includes some of the best independent talent in the industry.
David Helgason, CEO of Unity, then added his thoughts:
We are excited to be able to help Unity’s massive ecosystem reach out to SCE’s incredible platforms. The kaleidoscopic innovation, high quality, and production velocity that our rich developer community brings will help drive the success of the future game development.
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