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Unity platform now available for free

Developer tools company also announces new update and move to Xbox 360

Unity Technologies has announced that the first tier Unity package will now be available for free - the platform formerly known as Unity Indie previously cost USD 199 but can now be downloaded without charge.

The news was announced at the company's annual conference, this year in San Francisco, alongside a number of updates to the latest release of the toolset.

Unity Pro, the high-end edition of the platform, will still cost USD 1499, but will now include a number of additions, with full anti-aliasing support and a built-in screen space occlusion effect.

The company, which earlier this week announced a new round of investment - including personal cash from Atari CEO David Gardner - to the tune of USD 5.5 million, is also working on a version of the platform for the Xbox 360, reports Gamasutra.

"We do Nintendo Wii, and there are a handful of titles both disc-based and download-based," said CEO David Helgason. "We're also announcing that we're going to Xbox 360 as well. We're excited about consoles, but we're more excited about mobile and the browser. The really big opportunities are mobile and the web."

A full interview with Unity founder Nicholas Francis from this year's GDC Europe event in August is also available now.

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