Search Unity

  1. Welcome to the Unity Forums! Please take the time to read our Code of Conduct to familiarize yourself with the forum rules and how to post constructively.

Unity 5 and Networking

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by yoonitee, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. yoonitee

    yoonitee

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Posts:
    2,337
    Is there any gossip about networking in Unity 5? For example I would like to see:


    • Networking API for Windows Store/Phone
    • Better Unity Master Server for testing (it keeps going off!)
    • Perhaps a cloud based Master Server for commercial use (like Photon - but cheaper and less restrictive)
    • Cloud based services for games like highscores so we don't have to reinvent the wheel every time.

    In the video it said there were going to be new "cloud based services" for Unity. But it didn't say what these might be!??

    I know things like cloud based highscores, peer matching, social network integration, would be amazing. (Google Play has some of these cloud services but it would be nice if they were integrated into Unity).

    Basically anything that would help making an online or multiplayer game easier.

    I would imagine things to do with networking are the hardest thing to implement. But also the thing most game players (rather than developers) want!

    So whats the goss?
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014
  2. cynic

    cynic

    Joined:
    May 21, 2013
    Posts:
    142
    They were referring to upcoming Unity Cloud, which is apparently currently in beta.

    Initially Unity Cloud will offer features such as advertising and cross promotion of games made with Unity.

    What else the future holds, we don't know, but it might very well become something similar to Game Center, etc.
     
  3. jonas-echterhoff

    jonas-echterhoff

    Unity Technologies

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2005
    Posts:
    1,664
    Unity 5.0 will not have any updates on the in game networking (Unity Cloud is unrelated to that). But we are planning big updates to our networking tech for the 5.x release cycle, as we have publicly announced at Unite Tokyo today. In Unity 5.x we plan to introduce a completely new network system we built from scratch called UNET.
     
    Miscellaneous likes this.
  4. Woodlauncher

    Woodlauncher

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    Posts:
    173
    Great news! When/Where will more information be released? I can't find anything from Unite Tokyo.


    The single biggest advantage Unreal has over Unity IMO, is great networking. If you want to make a moderately fast-paced game in Unity right now, you need to spend a LOT of time on networking. So far, there hasn't been a single fast-paced Unity game to my knowledge without absolute S*** networking.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014
  5. Vanamerax

    Vanamerax

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2012
    Posts:
    927
    Thats is good news! Can we get some more info about this?
     
  6. yoonitee

    yoonitee

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Posts:
    2,337
    That's interesting news. Well I guess unity 5.1 won't be out for a year or so, so I won't use it for my current game.

    Can I suggest UNET should have an optional cloud based service like Photon? At the moment compiling and installing your own Master Server seems a bit like something from 2010. Old school. Retro.
     
  7. sandboxgod

    sandboxgod

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2013
    Posts:
    366
    I pray that this information is incorrect, LOL! What about Photon is that fast?

    I agree with this post. I highlighted in bold what I am confused on. How much does Photon cost? I've checked their site and I thought the prices looked decent but maybe I misread - edit
     
  8. yoonitee

    yoonitee

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Posts:
    2,337
    Well, to some the prices are decent. But if you are expecting more than a handful of players on at the same time it gets pretty expensive IMO. I would prefer something free! (Like many cloud services are in this day and age - such as Google Plays multiplayer API) And not have to worry about how many players are playing at the same time.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  9. Cogent

    Cogent

    Joined:
    May 14, 2013
    Posts:
    356
    The pricing tiers for Photon cloud would work out for our projects if they had custom server side logic.



    :cry:
     
  10. HeadClot88

    HeadClot88

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2012
    Posts:
    719
    So what will UNET do?

    I am primarily looking for a cross platform solution - Windows and Linux that has a client-server architecture and low latency.
    I am not looking for a cloud solution personally... I am looking for a solution that can be hosted by the end user with relative ease.

    But these are my needs...

    - HeadClot

    Also sorry for the bump...
     
  11. Metron

    Metron

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Posts:
    1,086
    So... earliest functional in version 6.4? Don't throw out the current implemenation before that...
     
  12. Smartline-Games

    Smartline-Games

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Posts:
    67
    Sounds pretty nice.

    + I got one suggestion for the network part.
    This game-creating-engine needs a better built-in Voice networking system.
     
  13. RafKov

    RafKov

    Joined:
    May 23, 2014
    Posts:
    2
    So if I understand correctly, when UNET and Unity 5.x will be released, playing in multiplayer games made in Unity will not require the Unity plugin installation?

    But before that happens will it be possible to play multiplayer games made in Unity 5.0 without Unity plugin? Maybe Unity 5.0 + RakNet or Unity 5.0 + Photon?
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2014
  14. DallonF

    DallonF

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Posts:
    620
    uhhhh what are you talking about

    The Unity plugin is for games embedded in a web page. It has nothing to do with multiplayer.
     
  15. RafKov

    RafKov

    Joined:
    May 23, 2014
    Posts:
    2
    I was thinking about multiplayer games embedded in a web page:

    So if I understand correctly, when UNET and Unity 5.x will be released, playing in multiplayer games made in Unity and embedded in a web page will not require the Unity plugin installation?

    But before that happens will it be possible to play multiplayer games made in Unity 5.0 and embedded in a web page without the Unity plugin? Maybe Unity 5.0 + RakNet or Unity 5.0 + Photon?
     
  16. Carpe-Denius

    Carpe-Denius

    Joined:
    May 17, 2013
    Posts:
    840
    Like Dallon said:
    You can do multiplayer with raknet or photon or "soon" with unet.

    You can do browser games with the webplayer plugin now or with webgl later.
     
  17. dshankar

    dshankar

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2015
    Posts:
    21
    It would be cool if Unity has such features built-in. In the meantime, Parse has Unity integration. It's a pretty easy cloud-based way of doing account systems, metrics, high score charts, etc. without having to run the backend yourself. https://parse.com/products/unity
     
unityunity