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Platform: Support for ARM Linux




ARM Linux systems are on the rise and ARM hardware is getting better. Ubuntu are making phones / tablets based on ARM Linux. Other distros are also making ARM versions. Various people are putting Ubuntu on ARM Chromebooks (best selling laptop on Amazon). There are next to zero games for this platform. Unity should get ahead and bring their game engine to this new and growing platform.

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  1. D6e551854c98c2086e4a6cf3689e8c6b?d=mm


    May 13, 2018 13:14

    Sounds to me all the people who may use this (and primarily as a toy) have already voted and/or commented on this. :) This sounds waaaaay too niche for anyone to put effort there. Nice try though.

  2. 6056aff97e6af42610d94c3edd6a8538?d=mm


    Mar 03, 2018 14:14

    I have been working in Unity for years, I have recently branched into the SoC/single board world of Pi's & Pi clones. Some even have as much as 2-4 G of ram.
    Support for the ARM architecture on Ubuntu & Raspbian would be AWESOME!
    please seriously consider this. There are a fast growing number of small board ARM systems spreading out there.
    It would also open Unity up to the maker world and robotics.
    Do not stall, Unity technologies, this is a how new market....Unity running physical toys. are you guys going to pass that up?

  3. Fc6f6344650b95b94a0188745a22c2b2?d=mm


    Oct 15, 2017 18:17

    Unity as a build target on embedded boards linux boards opens up a lot of possibilities because it lets Unity on low-cost (hardware as well as power consumption) applications. Here are some ideas I would pursue if Unity had an ARM linux build target:

    - Single-unit art installations or arcade games as attractions at community events, multiplayer toys for parties, or even gifts for friends!
    - Deploying lightweight unity games to those cute ARM-based linux portables (the plethora of shells for raspberry pis, the Pyra, Pocket C.H.I.P., Clockwork GameShell, etc.)
    - Easy-as-heck-but-beautiful digital signage.

    The low cost of hardware and power consumption would bring _brand new_ applications to Unity instead of just being another target.

  4. 86303cc4de45d113253272325c5db533?d=mm


    Oct 12, 2017 16:54

    Embedded market is huge, you can use Unity for a lot more than just games. Yes please!

  5. 8392a807beb5133cc5479b9a829a964a?d=mm


    Jul 06, 2017 17:52

    I want to write games for the Pandora and (upcoming) Pyra handheld computing platforms.

  6. 295d6b140033ff68fafc1a9772d097c1?d=mm


    Nov 21, 2016 15:29

    My Company make meter cluster for cars (amongst many other displays), and at the moment can only target Android Arm devices, to cost down our boards and use less memory, I would like to be able to target Linux Arm. so up voting.

  7. 4e38b9b84962f889952ebc87c5966967?d=mm


    Oct 06, 2016 08:58

    Unity is way more than just a game engine, it's a cross-platform solution not only on game market, even on industry. Many companies have started using embedded boards on their industrial products by making use of Raspberry-Like arm-Linux computers, I believe by supporting this, Unity must hit the great market of industrial computers such as medical equipment, simulators, car industry, robotics, digital display kiosks, ATM machines ans so on. I believe with huge companies which are active on these fields, Unity can make a huge revenue of them. Cheers.

  8. 6cd0ff02a05feb8e4c92469ee3671e04?d=mm


    May 06, 2016 14:06

    The market for micro PCs has been growing steadily. Raspberry Pi is still going strong, Pi variants like Orange Pi and Banana Pi have surfaced, and we're starting to see interesting new takes like the handheld PocketC.H.I.P. (which emphasizes hand-held gaming) hitting markets. What all of these units have in common, is that they commonly make use of Linux and ARM processors.

    While it's safe to say that this market has a dedicated userbase, what's more important is the opportunity this presents for educational purposes. Raspberry Pi offers a ton of educational resources for kids and adults alike, along with a teacher initiative. Imagine if Unity was part of this picture as well, we'd have students on board to learn not only how to make their own Pi, but to then go and make games for their Pi.

    Having the ability to deploy Unity builds to ARM Linux hardware would also present unique practical applications and opportunities for engineering projects and DIY enthusiasts. After all, Unity can power much more than just games.

  9. Fcd7a6a578f4870ac7de559873501ba0?d=mm


    Sep 04, 2015 22:15

    Going to get a raspberry pi soon, the only thing I will miss on it is my big steam library of unity3d games. Well, maybe not steam, but ability to run these games on pi 2. I'm also developing a game and it would be an amazing testing machine, so if it runs on pi, it will run on almost anything.

  10. E2173819324fc738d19b7c84bb21265b?d=mm


    Jun 29, 2015 00:22

    With the maturation of IL2CPP, this should get even easier. It's probably just changing a few compiler flags once IL2CPP works for Linux/x86.

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