Unity already supports development for (nearly) all mobile platforms and now the game engine maker's working on an optimized version for those with Qualcomm processors -- ie, quite a chunk of them. On the heels of freshly announced competition, it announced that it's collaborating with the chip-maker to release a new version of its multi-platform engine "in the coming months" to speed up Unity-authored games for Android and Windows Phone 8 devices powered by most flavors of that CPU. So far there are over 1.5 million registered developers building games for around 770 products that pack the necessary Snapdragon / Adreno combo, according to Unity -- meaning there's a decent chance you'll soon see some extra oomph in one or another of the games you play, whether you're in Redmond or Mountain View's camps. Hit the PR after the jump for more.
Unity Technologies Collaborates With Qualcomm to Optimize Unity Development Platform for a Wide Variety of Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor-Based Devices
Unity Technologies to Also Make Available a Robust Portfolio of Exciting New Games Optimized For Certain Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor-Based Devices
SAN FRANCISCO – March 25, 2013 – Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform engine and development tools, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced today that Unity Technologies will be optimizing its multi-platform engine in the coming months in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. These modifications will help improve the performance of Unity-authored games and applications running on mobile devices powered by a wide variety of Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors from Qualcomm Technologies. As a result, developers will have a unique opportunity to create and deploy dynamic gaming experiences with high-end visuals on various Snapdragon processor-based devices. As part of this collaboration, Unity Technologies also will be making available enhanced and optimized mobile games for certain Snapdragon processor-based devices. Snapdragon users can look forward to new, Unity-based games later this year.
To date, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, with integrated Adreno™ GPUs, can be found in more than 770 commercially available or announced products, with another 450 product designs in the pipeline. Available in a range of features and configurations, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors enable great gaming experiences across a large spectrum of devices, from entry-level smartphones to high-end smartphones and tablets. As a result, this collaboration will help empower Unity Technologies' global community of more than 1.5 million registered developers to create better mobile gaming experiences with advanced graphics for many Snapdragon-based Android and Windows devices across the world.
"Qualcomm Technologies is passionate about mobile gaming, so we're very excited to be working with an industry leader in game engine and tool technologies such as Unity Technologies," said Raj Talluri, senior vice-president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "This collaboration will allow the two companies to optimize the strength of Unity's powerful rendering engine with the integrated OpenGL ES 3.0 compliant Adreno GPUs and high performance multi-core CPUs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. As a result, this will help bring exceptional gaming experiences to consumers."
"As an industry leader in mobile gaming, Unity Technologies is constantly looking to improve the quality and robustness of its multi-platform engine and development tools for Unity's developer community," said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. "We're excited to work with an innovative global mobile technology provider such as Qualcomm Technologies and support their incredible Snapdragon processors, which are at the heart of many Android and Windows mobile devices across the globe."
About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences. The "author once, deploy everywhere" capability enables developers to deploy to all of the most important platforms. Unity Technologies boasts a thriving community of 1.5 million developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists. To remain at the forefront of innovation, Unity Technologies tirelessly re-invests in its award-winning 3D development tools and its democratization initiatives, such as the Asset Store digital content marketplace and Union game distribution service. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Singapore, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com.