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Discover the tools you need with flexible feature sets in Package Manager

July 6, 2021 in Technology | 5 min. read
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Discover Unity 2021.2 beta and leverage feature sets to remove additional setup and configuration, so you can start creating faster.

With an increasing number of packages available, and limited guidance on the best combination of packages for your needs, it’s no wonder the Unity Editor can seem rather complex. You might also have to take extra steps to configure the selected packages, so that they sufficiently support your project. 

That’s why we’re excited to share this Unity 2021.2 beta feature preview. To make it easier to accomplish your aims in the Unity Editor, we’ve introduced a concept called “feature sets”. Feature sets contain the packages required to achieve specific outcomes – all guaranteed to work well together, and carefully documented so you can get started quickly.

What exactly is a feature set?

A feature set is a curated group of packages, installed and configured in order to achieve particular outcomes. We want to make feature sets as simple to use as possible, and enhance the learning experience through a combination of samples and documentation to help you jump right in.

What you can expect from feature sets

  • Faster overview Feature sets provide fewer and clearer options to attain your desired outcomes. By focusing on your goals, you can efficiently decide on what you need to achieve them, without having to understand all of the different package details.  
  • Compatible versioning The packages within feature sets are compatible with each other, so you don’t have to choose which package version to install.  
  • Easy learning Each set comes equipped with learning materials on its Quick Start page to help you get going.

You can install feature sets using the Package Manager, which displays a list of all available feature sets, along with their descriptions and the packages included for each set. This workflow is similar to how you would typically install packages.

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What’s next for feature sets?

What you see in 2021.2 beta represents the foundation for us to manage and ship our first feature sets. We’re planning to further improve your experience with feature sets in the Package Manager, which requires some crucial changes to the way we develop, assemble, and ship Unity packages and approach the Unity Editor, more generally. We’re also expecting to continue developing the feature sets’ infrastructure in future releases.

Join us on the forum and our roadmap page to help shape the future of feature sets.

July 6, 2021 in Technology | 5 min. read
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