How to Install Unity for Beginners
By Sanket Thakur
Unity is one the most widely used gaming engines to develop games for all platforms, and also for AR & VR development. There are other gaming engines in the market – Unreal, CryEngine, Torque3D. But that’s for later. By the end of this post, you will install Unity and be ready with your Unity environment. You will also learn to build a basic VR app using per-build assets in the next post using Unity.
Unity 5.5 is the latest for now. In Unity 5.5, support for Microsoft Holographic (HoloLens) is no longer in preview mode. And that means you can now jump into exploring the future of augmented and mixed reality. To install Unity, first download the Unity installer.
Browse through the Unity website to get a feel for it. You can see all the documentation and tutorials provided mainly for game development. But don’t be intimidated by all of that. We will be learning Unity slowly.
Steps to Install Unity
So, once you have downloaded Unity, open the downloaded file.
Click next and accept all the terms and conditions till you reach this screen on the installer.
You can see all the features that you can install in Unity. There are documentation, example projects, sdk itself and support.
Important Point – You should make sure that you check the Android Build Support (if you are using Android ) or iOS Build Support (if you are developing for iOS).
We will be confining to mobile development for now. But you can surely install other Build support if you have the patience to wait for extra build feature to install or if you have excellent internet – go ahead. You can check the size of each feature in the alongside right window.
So, yeah finally accept few more terms & conditions. And it will finally start downloading and will install Unity.
So, yeah. You now have your Unity installed. Go ahead, make yourself comfortable with the editor. Next, I will guide you on some basic controls to use Unity.
When you will be deploying your Unity project onto your Android phone(s), Unity will require Android SDK. It will prompt you for the SDK folder in your machine. You can download the Android SDK from the official site and locate the SDK and build the app successfully.
Keep following me for more such easy tutorials on Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality. You can also connect with me on our online channel in slack to get more guidance and check out DIY Hacking’s AR & VR learning path to become an expert.