Unity Technologies has unveiled Unity 5, the next generation of Unity multiplatform engine and development tools. Unity 5 brings a wealth of new capabilities and features enabling all developers to create amazing games and interactive experiences, and painlessly deploy them to almost any platform. Unity 5 will see the launch of the integrated Unity Cloud ad-sharing network for cross-promotion of mobile games, and an addition to Unity’s multiplatform support with the introduction of WebGL deployment.
The Khronos Group has released an update to OpenGL 4.4. Included are many small bugfixes, clarifications and general cleanup.
The Khronos Group DevU sessions at GDC 2014 are happening this week. We're looking forward to seeing everyone for lots of learning, prizes and refreshments. Complete details are online for our 7 DevU sessions. The sessions will take place on the 19th and 20th of March as well a joint press conference with the PC Gaming Alliance on March 19th. This not to be missed 2 day event is packed with lots of guest speakers from many companies. Seating is reserved and signup pages are available for each session here: OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenGL ES, OpenGL, WebCL, COLLADA, WebGL.
Graham Sellers has authored a blog post looking forward into the future of OpenGL. How do features make it into OpenGL? Who decides what the functions should be called? What goes in the core specification and what remains an extension? In his post, Graham talks about the process at Khronos — the standards body that produces the OpenGL specification, its members, the process of creating and publishing and suggests how you, as a user, are able to contribute.
muvee Device Solutions Group announced the release of the muvee Advanced Multimedia SDK (mAMS) to enable customers, partners and developers to create video applications with video, text, and audio support. mAMS eliminates the big hurdles of developers having to learn the intricacies of multimedia frameworks, by using third party libraries like OpenGL and OpenMax.
In the OpenGL ES 3.0 Programming Guide, Second Edition, the authors cover the entire API and Shading Language. They carefully introduce OpenGL ES 3.0 features such as shadow mapping, instancing, multiple render targets, uniform buffer objects, texture compression, program binaries, and transform feedback.
Latest Texture Compression Tool from ARM adds to the existing ASTC support by now including the ability to compress 3D textures.
The Khronos Group will once again be holding a series of Meet ups at this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
On Thursday 13 February 2014 the first Khronos meetup in Amsterdam will take place. The goal is to learn about open media-standards from The Khronos Group and others. So when OpenCV is discussed, we’ll also talk OpenVX. Speakers include Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Foundation talking Blender and OpenGL and Maarten and Jurjen of ThreeDee Media talking WebGL. Complete details are available here and here.
Packt Publishing has released a book from the developers of the Linderdaum Engine. The book contains recipes for portable game development techniques. A full chapter is devoted to the development of an abstraction layer on top of OpenGL 3, OpenGL ES 2 and OpenGL ES 3, which will allow mobile developers to run and debug their games on a desktop PC. In addition, the entire book source code may be downloaded from GitHub.