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Unity vs Unreal Engine: What are the differences?

Unity: Unity brings state-of-the-art, affordable multiplatform tools and services to developers of interactive content everywhere. Unity is the ultimate game development platform. Use Unity to build high-quality 3D and 2D games, deploy them across mobile, desktop, VR/AR, consoles or the Web, and connect with loyal and enthusiastic players and customers; Unreal Engine: *A suite of integrated tools for game developers *. It is a game engine that helps you make games. It is made up of several components that work together to drive the game. Its massive system of tools and editors allows you to organize your assets and manipulate them to create the gameplay for your game.

Unity and Unreal Engine belong to "Game Development" category of the tech stack.

Zappiti, Sinoze, and AppsFlyer are some of the popular companies that use Unity, whereas Unreal Engine is used by Survivalist Games, Echtra, Inc, and STOMT. Unity has a broader approval, being mentioned in 67 company stacks & 123 developers stacks; compared to Unreal Engine, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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norlin
Software Engineer / Game Developer at Norlin Games · | 6 upvotes · 66.3K views

When I started to learn game development, I've tried to use Unity multiple times because it's the most popular option. But never get it worked because of the clunky UI which is very hard to understand for a new user. After some time, I've decided to try UE4 despite there was a lot of rumors that it's "heavy" or requires an AAA team. And suddenly it clicked, everything works as I expecting, UI is clear and much more powerfull, no need to build custom tools to work on the game itself. Blueprints are very helpful for beginners, C++ has a lot of "syntax-sugar" - macroses, a lot of convenient in-engine types for everything. Later while working with Unreal, I've realized it has very consistent roadmap with constant improvements and adding new features. At the same time, each major version update is painless so you can upgrade your project during development to get new features. UE4 is free to use with the full list of features and you only have to pay royalty after getting your first $1 million from the project (and that's just the default case, you can always discuss custom license with an upfront fee, if you want to).

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Arthur Osipyan
Software Engineer at Value Industry · | 2 upvotes · 63.8K views

I chose Unity over Unreal Engine because Unity has a more user friendly UI for beginners looking to learn game development. Additionally, as someone who uses a lot of online resources to learn new languages and tools, I found a lot of tutorials covering game development with Unity as the core engine. This doesn't mean Unreal is not a great choice for game development, I just personally found learning game development much smoother with the amount of resources available with Unity.

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Pros of Unity
Pros of Unreal Engine
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    Because it's a powerful engine, you can build anything
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    C# language
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    Very Popular
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    Easy to Use
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    Cross Platform
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    He Has A Free VErsion
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    2nd Game Engine In The World
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    Very Large Showcase
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    Good Choise
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    C++
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    PBR
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    Blueprints
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    Suitable for any projects
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    Source Available
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    Convenient and modern UI
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    Most Popular Game engine

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Cons of Unity
Cons of Unreal Engine
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    Clunky UI
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    Closed source
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    Hard to get started with
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    No consistency with updates
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    Requires to build a lot of tools
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    Gigantic by being 9gb (thats what setup says)
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    Heavy
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    A lot of "heaviness" myths around

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What is Unity?

Unity is the ultimate game development platform. Use Unity to build high-quality 3D and 2D games, deploy them across mobile, desktop, VR/AR, consoles or the Web, and connect with loyal and enthusiastic players and customers.

What is Unreal Engine?

It is a game engine that helps you make games. It is made up of several components that work together to drive the game. Its massive system of tools and editors allows you to organize your assets and manipulate them to create the gameplay for your game.

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MonoGame
It is a free C# framework used by game developers to make games for multiple platforms and other systems. It is also used to make Windows and Windows Phone games run on other systems.
Godot
It is an advanced, feature-packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D open source game engine. It is developed by hundreds of contributors from all around the world.
Blender
It is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
three.js
It is a cross-browser JavaScript library and Application Programming Interface used to create and display animated 3D computer graphics in a web browser.
Phaser
It is a free open source HTML5 game framework. It uses Pixi.js for WebGL and Canvas rendering across desktop and mobile web browsers. Games can be compiled to iOS and Android apps via 3rd party tools.
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