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Could it possible to support Unity ECS to publish as Tiny ECS in the future?

Discussion in 'Project Tiny' started by sheng319, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. sheng319

    sheng319

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    We're considering converting our exisiting project into Unity ECS in the near future. But due to some reasons we can't develop both of Unity ECS and Tiny ECS on our project at the same time. So we were wondering if it is possible to support Unity ECS to publish as Tiny ECS in the future? Thanks.
     
  2. etienne_unity

    etienne_unity

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    Hi sheng319,

    We're going in this direction. Tiny ECS will use use the same Unity.Entities API once we switch to C# next year, and given some constraints any game code written for the Unity ECS will run on Tiny.

    Thanks,
    -Etienne.
     
  3. nventimiglia

    nventimiglia

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    The Tiny ECS API is different than the Unity.Entities API currently. Frankly, it looks a lot more mature and user-friendly. Should we expect Unity.Entities to adopt the new functionality we see here ?
     
  4. pvloon

    pvloon

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    Yeah I never quite understood why there's any distinction. It feels like in the ideal world Tiny should be a strict-subset of unity features. Maybe only just guidelines and a default set of modules that are enabled/disabled. It feels limiting to approach this as if it was something separate.
     
  5. v_vuk

    v_vuk

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    Under the hood we're using an almost identical architecture as Unity.Entities, and for the API we are a subset of Unity.Entities (well, mostly just a subset) -- it turns out there is a simpler API hiding inside there :) There's just a lot of additional functionality present in Unity.Entities, as part of squeezing out all possible performance. When we move to C# we'll be sharing the core Unity.Entities code, and bringing some of our ergonomics improvements there while at the same time getting performance and other benefits on our end.
     
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