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XR Development with Unity

By : Anna Braun, Raffael Rizzo
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XR Development with Unity

2 (1)
By: Anna Braun, Raffael Rizzo

Overview of this book

The drastic surge in the demand for XR development has led to an imminent need for comprehensive resources, learning material, and overall know-how in this area. This one-stop resource will ensure that professionals venturing into XR development can access all XR-related techniques to build appealing XR applications, without relying on Google every step of the way. This book is your guide to developing XR applications with Unity 2021.3 or later versions, helping you to create VR, AR, and MR experiences of increasing complexity. The chapters cover the entire XR application development process from setting up an interactive XR scene using the XR Interaction Toolkit or AR Foundation, adding physics, animations, continuous movement, teleportation, sound effects, and visual effects, to testing and deploying to VR headsets, simulators, smartphones, and tablets. Additionally, this XR book takes you on a journey from the basics of Unity and C# to advanced techniques such as building multiplayer applications and incorporating hand- and gaze-tracking capabilities. By the end of this book, you'll be fully equipped to create cutting-edge XR projects for engaging individual, academic, and industrial use cases that captivate your audience.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
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Part 1 – Understanding the Basics of XR and Unity
Part 2 – Interactive XR Applications with Custom Logic, Animations, Physics, Sound, and Visual Effects
Part 3 – Advanced XR Techniques: Hand-Tracking, Gaze-Tracking, and Multiplayer Capabilities

Building a VR multiplayer application

In this section, you’ll craft your first VR multiplayer application. Though it involves a fair amount of C# coding, you’ve gained enough knowledge to smoothly navigate this tutorial. But before we dive in, let’s pause and delve into the nuances of constructing multiplayer applications, the necessary components, and the appeal of multiplayer experiences within the XR context.

Understanding multiplayer applications and multiplayer networking systems

At its core, a multiplayer experience allows multiple users to interact within a shared digital environment simultaneously. This environment can range from simple text-based interfaces to complex virtual realities. The key components of a multiplayer experience typically include servers that host the game environment, networking systems that handle data synchronization and communication, player avatars, and game logic that governs interaction rules.

Adding a multiplayer mode...