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Unity Game Optimization - Third Edition

By : Dr. Davide Aversa, Chris Dickinson
Book Image

Unity Game Optimization - Third Edition

By: Dr. Davide Aversa, Chris Dickinson

Overview of this book

Unity engine comes with a great set of features to help you build high-performance games. This Unity book is your guide to optimizing various aspects of your game development, from game characters and scripts, right through to animations. You’ll explore techniques for writing better game scripts and learn how to optimize a game using Unity technologies such as ECS and the Burst compiler. The book will also help you manage third-party tooling used with the Unity ecosystem. You’ll also focus on the problems in the performance of large games and virtual reality (VR) projects in Unity, gaining insights into detecting performance issues and performing root cause analysis. As you progress, you’ll discover best practices for your Unity C# script code and get to grips with usage patterns. Later, you’ll be able to optimize audio resources and texture files, along with effectively storing and using resource files. You’ll then delve into the Rendering Pipeline and learn how to identify performance problems in the pipeline. In addition to this, you’ll learn how to optimize the memory and processing unit of Unity. Finally, you’ll cover tips and tricks used by Unity professionals to improve the project workflow. By the end of this book, you’ll have developed the skills you need to build interactive games using Unity and its components.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
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Section 1: Base Scripting Optimization
Section 2: Graphical Optimizations
Section 3: Advance Optimizations

Using appropriate data structures

C# offers many different data structures in the System.Collections namespace and we shouldn't become too accustomed to using the same ones over and over again. A common performance problem in software development is making use of an inappropriate data structure for the problem we're trying to solve simply because it's convenient. The two most commonly used are perhaps lists (List<T>) and dictionaries (Dictionary<K,V>).

If we want to iterate through a set of objects, then a list is preferred, since it is effectively a dynamic array where the objects and/or references reside next to one another in memory, and therefore iteration causes minimal cache misses. Dictionaries are best used if two objects are associated with one another and we wish to acquire, insert, or remove these associations quickly. For example, we might...