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What does this feature mean - support for rendering Unity on top of native UI?

Discussion in '2019.1 Beta' started by yurykorzun, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. yurykorzun

    yurykorzun

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    I can't find more information about this new feature in Unity 2019:
    iOS: Added support for rendering Unity on top of native UI on iOS and tvOS

    Can someone give more details?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. aleksandrk

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    Hi!
    There's a new flag in Player settings in Resolution and Presentation settings - "Render over native UI". When this is checked, Unity will not set the whole alpha channel to 1 before giving the framebuffer to the OS for rendering. This makes it possible to e.g. set the camera to "Clear Color" mode, set alpha of the clear color to 0 and see the native iOS/Android UI below Unity view.
     
  3. aleksandrk

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    Yes.

    Btw, this flag is there (was initially Android-only and called "Preserve framebuffer alpha") since 2018.1.
    iOS support came later :)
     
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  4. aleksandrk

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    Using regular render to texture.
    Keep in mind - this is iOS, tvOS and Android only. This won't work on desktop/consoles.
     
  5. aleksandrk

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    No, you might be able to do this on a mac, but not using this specific feature.
     
  6. aleksandrk

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    yup, should work
     
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  7. User340

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    You can do that on any platform. Just use an RGBA Render Texture.
     
  8. aleksandrk

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    Specifically: this provides an option to preserve the alpha channel when rendering to the backbuffer, and not only render textures.
     
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  9. aleksandrk

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    Probably, I'm not sure.
    The feature was intended initially for "I have this awesome native UI that e.g. plays a video, I was some 3D content on top and be able to still see my awesome native UI".
     
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  10. GeorgeCH

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