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Unity 2019.3 Tech Stream Now Available—260 New Improvements

Unity 2019.4 Long-Term support will arrive in spring to provide solid foundation for creators looking to ship their projects in the near future.

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Unity has announced that Unity version 2019.3 is now available. The new update hits several new milestones including key graphics capabilities like HDRP and Visual Effects Graph.

For readers not aware, Unity is the creator of one of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platforms, first known in the gaming industry but now becoming prolific in the professional markets like AEC.

Unity 2019.3—What’s New

Unity 2019.3 Tech Stream is now available to download from the Unity Store. It includes a production-ready version of the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP), which brings to high-end consoles and PCs beautiful new graphics capabilities.

A screen capture of The Heretic, a short film created with Unity 2019.3

This version of Unity also brings a new user interface, both revamped for faster performance and new icons; it is leaner and more optimized from the Editor’s experience, says Unity.

“With the release of Unity 2019.3, we are continuing our focus of giving all creators the power they need to have a more optimized, stable, and pleasant, creative experience, ” said Brett Bibby, Vice President of Engineering, Unity Technologies. “Unity 2019.3 includes more than 260 improvements and new features focused on giving you the confidence that what you’re making right now will look and perform beautifully – whether you’re targeting the technologies of today or the platforms of tomorrow.”

Highlight New Features

  • HDRP Now Production Ready – The power of control that developers need to unleash beautiful high fidelity graphics on high-end consoles and PCs is now available for all. Also available today is the full-length version of The Heretic, which is created using HDRP and off-the-shelf Unity technology. This real-time feature includes CG humans and demonstrates what’s possible right now on Unity

  • Universal Render Pipeline Production Ready Since Unity 2019.1- Formerly known as the Lightweight Render Pipeline, the Universal Render Pipeline delivers beautiful graphics, scalability, and performance for the broadest array of platforms, including 2D, 3D, and AR/VR projects. New integrated Post Processing brings improved performance, and the increased light limit gives creators the power to exercise more creative freedom

  • Massive Evolution in 2D – A new suite of 2D tools, a dedicated 2D renderer, and features makes high-end creation more accessible by bringing new and improved production-ready workflows to teams of all sizes. A new sample project that showcases this evolution, Lost Crypt, is now available to download

  • Visual Effect Graph Now Production Ready – Create stunning, reusable, high-fidelity visual effects; now integrated with Shader Graph for faster creation of custom looks

  • Real-Time Ray Tracing Enters Preview – Built on top of HDRP, Unity’s real-time ray tracing realistically simulates how light behaves and interacts with physical materials, bringing global illumination and other effects to all types of projects, from photo-realistic to stylized

You can read about further updates in 2019.3 and future 2020 planned updates here.

You can watch the complete film short below: The Heretic.

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