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XR Development with Unity

By : Anna Braun, Raffael Rizzo
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XR Development with Unity

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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


Hi there, and welcome to the exciting and ever-evolving world of Extended Reality (XR) development! If you’re feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness about diving into XR development in Unity for the first time, you’re not alone.

But don’t worry – the primary goal of this book is to make XR development accessible to everyone, regardless of prior experience. We’ll use simple language, provide vivid examples, and guide you through every step, from making objects grabbable to writing scripts in C# and incorporating hand-tracking into your scenes. You won’t even need access to a VR headset or AR-compatible smartphone to follow along; you can test most of the projects using simulators on your laptop or PC, ensuring accessibility for all.

In our own XR development journey, we’ve faced the frustration of spending endless hours trying to make a basic XR experience work. Now that we’ve gained extensive experience at notable companies such as Deutsche Telekom and academic institutions such as Fraunhofer IGD, we want to share our knowledge with you.

This book is not only a complete guide that will take you from being a novice in XR development or Unity to reaching an intermediate level in creating interactive XR applications for any domain. Its structure is also designed to help you easily access XR-related techniques to build outstanding XR applications, so you won’t need to constantly search online for answers, as we once did. Our goal is not to narrow your XR development expertise to specific use cases but to equip you with a wide array of tools so that you can bring any XR project to life, without limitations.

We’re thrilled to start on this journey with you!