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Unity Develops New Partnership With Sony

by Matt Miller on Mar 21, 2013 at 01:53 PM

“Unity For PlayStation” promises an efficient development environment for game makers, but how does the relationship affect gamers?

Stories about development platforms and game engines may not make for the most thrilling announcements, but the recently revealed partnership between Sony and Unity is an important one. Why? 

Unity is a friendly development engine for an increasing number of developers, and this new partnership assures that those developers will have an easier time implementing their Unity-based games on Sony platforms. “With the power of Unity's integrated development environment, developers with a license agreement from SCE for the PlayStation SDKs will be able to build and deploy unrivaled entertainment experiences for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita without spending many resources on complex programming processes,” details a press release regarding the new partnership. “Unity for PlayStation enables developers to easily port their games to PS4, PS3, PS Vita and PSM without the need to rewrite the code from scratch.”

The move is likely to be most keenly felt by indie developers, who may utilize Unity for its simplicity and power. In turn, gamers are likely to see a broader array of those games make their way onto Sony systems, including onto the upcoming PS4. While it remains to be seen, we can hope that some games that might have remained PC exclusives will now also make their way onto the PS4 or other Sony platforms.

Unity also developed a partnership last year with Nintendo for Wii U development, helping to show the broadening reach of the Unity engine.