GDC 13: Oculus offers devs four-month Unity Pro trial

GDC 13: Oculus offers devs four-month Unity Pro trial
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

March 22nd 2013 at 7:23PM

Free extended licence available to SDK owners from April

Oculus has signed a deal with Unity to offer a free four-month Unity Pro licence to all developers of its virtual reality headset

The extended license period is open to anyone with an Oculus development kit, and will be available from April onwards.

The Oculus Rift development kit is expected to start shipping from March 29th. No release date has yet been set for the consumer version of the hardware.

“Unity provides game developers with amazing tools that bring joy to the process of creating games, while also lowering the financial and time barriers of high-end production,” said Unity CEO David Helgason.

“The next generation of video games will not only be found on consoles, but also on PCs, mobile devices and in the cloud though none of these platforms offer the ability to step into the experience. That is where the Oculus Rift comes in. We’re partnering with Oculus to give Unity developers the ability to create the most immersive gaming experiences yet.”

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe added: “The Unity engine’s innovative design, ease of use, and flexibility have helped game developers of all skill levels develop some of the most unique games on the market.

“Like Unity, we share the desire to help developers create games unlike any other, and we look forward to seeing our combined technologies transformed into virtual reality.”

The news of a partnership with Oculus follows on from Unity's announcement earlier today that it would be supporting all Sony PlayStation platforms, including the PS4, Vita, PlayStation Mobile and future cloud gaming services.