Unity Technologies today announced that Unity 5.1 is now available to download. Extending Unity 5’s power, efficiency and multiplatform support: Unity 5.1 builds on two key Unity 5 strengths: industry-leading multiplatform support, and unmatched efficiency boosted in the cloud. Amongst other things, it brings a new unified development experience for VR platforms like Oculus Rift and an easy to use Unity Multiplayer networking solution.
Unity 5.1 brings a highly optimized rendering pipeline for VR and AR devices. Native Oculus Rift deployment is now available, and full native support for further platforms, including Microsoft Hololens and Gear VR will be added in the near future.
The first phase of Unity’s plan to make it significantly easier to make multiplayer games across a host of platforms is now a reality. Thanks to new APIs, all Unity developers can get deep access to the features they want, as well as a more automated solution that’s easy to use. Additionally, the Unity Multiplayer Service, including the Matchmaker and Relay Servers, is currently in preview.