The official Unity blog brings word of the release of Unity 5.5, the latest version of the engine with a host of new features. One of the key additions is support for a new platform: the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality / mixed reality headset. Though preview support for the HoloLens was available in prior versions, it is now included in the main engine release.
To support HoloLens development, Unity 5.5 ahs added the ability to iterate their work directly in the editor without needing to export to an actual HoloLens headset, by using what it calls Holographic Emulation. More information is available in Unity’s Windows Holographic help documentation.
More new features include:
- Code-less in-app purchases
- Improved particle lighting modules
- Faster animation window iteration
- Better line rendering
- New splash screens
- HDR asset visualiser
- Visual Studio Code support
- New selection highlighting