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Unity: Open Beta

Get early access to features coming in the next full release, test your project for compatibility, and join a community of experts shaping the future of Unity.

Join our Open Beta program

What’s in it for me?

  • Get early access to all the latest features before they are officially released
  • Test your compatibility to make sure your projects are ready to be upgraded
  • Join the experts to share insights with experienced members of the Unity community
  • Win cool prizes—beta testers are automatically entered into our sweepstakes
  • Influence the future of Unity with surveys, feedback and the chance to be invited to roundtables
  • Be part of an elite group that gets special benefits such as discounts and invites to special events

What to expect

As with any beta program, you’ll have early access to features that are still under development. That means you’ll experience Unity as less stable than the final version. The beta tests run start a few weeks after the latest release and ends a few weeks before the final release, and several beta versions will be made available during that cycle.

Get tips and notifications

Signing up will enable us to send you notifications when new versions are available, as well as tips on how to be an effective beta tester.

Please see this guide to being an effective beta tester to start off on the right foot.

Available for all Unity users

The beta release is available for free to all Unity users, including Personal Edition users. In the release notes section, you’ll find a complete list of all the new features, improvements and bug fixes included in the release.

Helpful tools and guides

Issue tracker

Which bugs bug you most? View the ones we have successfully reproduced, and vote for the bugs you want to see fixed most urgently.

Follow those bugs
Beta testing guides

This guide will make it easier for you to provide us with the most important information for testing.

Be a great beta tester
Beta forums

Join our our developers on community forums to give feedback and exchange information on experimental and beta previews.

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Get access to the 2018.1 beta now

During the 2018.1 beta cycle, you get exclusive access to features such as:

  • Scriptable Rendering Pipelines

    Opens the rendering engine for you to customize and redefine how Unity performs rendering at all levels.

  • The C# Job System & ECS

    Will make it easier to write safe, multithreaded code and increase performance.

  • Shader Graph

    Enables you to build your shaders visually. Instead of hand-writing code, you create and connect nodes in a graph network.

The 2018.1 beta introduces many new and improved features across the board like Tessellation for Metal, GPU Instancing support for GI, editor Presets for import settings and components, Dynamic Resolution for PS4, Stereoscopic 360 image and video recording (experimental), experimental sprite animation API, FBX import improvements, new Particle System improvements, and much more.

Get a full overview in our release notes.

Other features in development

You can also access features in even earlier stages of development, giving you even greater influence on their final form. You can access them either via Unity GitHub, the 2018.1b Package Manager, or via experimental builds of the editor. Learn more via the links below.

  • Unity Hub (Preview)
  • 2D Experimental Preview
  • Graphics Experimental Previews
  • Linux Editor
  • Particle System Previews
  • New Input System
  • Experimental Scripting Previews
  • Editor Workflows
  • Asset Bundles
  • VFX Toolbox
  • AI & Navigation Previews
  • Physics Previews

Unity Hub (Preview)

Unity Hub is a new desktop application designed to streamline your workflow. It provides a centralized location where you can manage your Unity Projects and simplifies how you find, download, and manage your Unity Editor installs. In addition, it also helps you discover features that get you started faster – such as the new Templates feature.

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2D Experimental Preview

New and experimental 2D features that are in development and participate in the development through discussions and feedback.

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Graphics Experimental Previews

For feedback on experimental graphics previews. Current preview running is a build for fixed mixed mode lighting.

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Linux Editor

For bugs and feedback on our experimental build of the Unity Editor for Linux.

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Particle System Previews

For feedback on experimental Particle System previews.

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New Input System

For feedback on the experimental new input system.

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Experimental Scripting Previews

For feedback on experimental scripting previews. Current previews running: C# Compiler.

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Editor Workflows

Additions to the workflows and editor design of Unity.

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Asset Bundles

For feedback on experimental assetbundle previews.

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VFX Toolbox

For feedback on experimental VFX Toolbox utilities. Current preview running is Image Sequencer.

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AI & Navigation Previews

For feedback on experimental AI & navigation previews.

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Physics Previews

For feedback on experimental Physics previews. Current preview running is a Physics Debug Visualization.

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