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Unity 4.5 for Samsung Smart TV

August 20, 2014 in Technology | 3 min. read
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Take your games to Samsung Smart TV

Hooray! Today, we’re pleased to announce the public preview of Unity 4.5 for Samsung Smart TV, adding another platform to Unity’s already extensive multiplatform capabilities. Unity for Samsung Smart TV is completely free for all Unity developers!

Start now, it’s free

The Unity for Samsung Smart TV public preview is available right now as a separate 4.5 editor installation. It will ship officially with Unity 5.0, and will be free for everyone to use. If you already own Unity Pro, you get all the Unity Pro features for Samsung Smart TV with no need for an additional license. It’s also available and completely free for users of the free version of Unity!

Easy porting and development

Adapting your game for Samsung Smart TV is much like porting your game to any other platform with Unity. If your game already runs on mobile devices you’re halfway there! The hardware in the TV is very similar to a mid-range mobile device, so you can expect similar performance metrics.

All the input devices

Samsung Smart TVs come with a range of different input mechanisms for your gamers to enjoy, and we’ve provided the full complement of input modes that make handling dpads, joysticks, wired and wireless game pads and mouse pointers really easy. Each remote model maps to these modes in an intuitive way, and your game can switch between the modes as needed to get the best experience for the user. You can even make a mobile controller app!

Super-fast setup

Getting your game from Unity to Samsung Smart TV is simple – just one click after initial setup and you’re done – no dev kit needed! We’ve developed an application called Unity Launcher for Smart TV. Install it on your TV via the Samsung App Hub, and, once it is running, Unity can deploy your game to the TV just like that so you can spend more time on making a great game.

Why port my game to Samsung Smart TV?

Smart TVs are becoming more powerful and more prevalent in the living rooms of families worldwide. With more than 20 million devices sold globally, this is an opportunity for you to reach millions of new customers! Samsung expects the Smart TV game market to continue to grow dramatically year on year, and you will be able to monetize your games via an in-app purchase plugin provided by Samsung.

Great Unity Games already available on Samsung Smart TV

During the beta period, several developers tested the platform by porting their games. Here are some Unity games that you can play on your Samsung Smart TV today:

Abyss Attack

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CapsuleHunter by Wicket Studio

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CandyCoaster by Nfun

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Tales Runner by RHAON ENT

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What our developers are saying

"Bringing Abyss Attack to Samsung TV was a very easy process. We worked closely with our publishing partner, Chillingo to ensure that players received a phenomenal gaming experience from mobile to a larger screen. The Unity team also did an amazing job at answering any questions along the way. We can't wait to introduce Abyss Attack to newer audiences."

--Cristian Tota (Abyss Attack, deepbytestudios.com)

What hardware do you need?

Any of the Smart TV models listed below.

panel 2014 lineup
UHD HU9000
HU8500
HU7000
FHD H8000
H7000
H6400

 

panel 2013 lineup
UHD F9000
FHD F8000
F7500
F7000
F6400

 

Get started now

Download Unity for Samsung Smart TV here: http://forum.unity3d.com/forums/samsung-smart-tv.66/

Help is at hand

For app registration visit the Seller Office: http://seller.samsungapps.com/

For SDK information and Q&A for developers visit the Samsung Developer Forum   (http://www.samsungdforum.com/)

For Samsung Smart TV questions, please email: sdfadmin@samsung.com

For Unity-related questions, please post to the forum here: http://forum.unity3d.com/forums/samsung-smart-tv.66/

August 20, 2014 in Technology | 3 min. read
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