Hardware Requirements for Unity's Graphics Features
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Hardware Requirements for Unity's Graphics Features


Deferred lightingSM3.0, GPU support-Yes
Forward renderingSM2.0OpenGL ES 2.0Yes
Vertex Lit renderingYesYes-
Realtime ShadowsSM2.0, GPU support-Yes
Image EffectsMost need SM2.0Most need OpenGL ES 2.0Yes
Vertex ShadersSM1.1OpenGL ES 2.0Yes
Pixel ShadersSM2.0OpenGL ES 2.0Yes
Fixed Function ShadersYesYes-

Realtime Shadows

Realtime Shadows currently work on desktop & console platforms. On desktops, they generally need Shader Model 2.0 capable GPU. On Windows (Direct3D), the GPU also needs to support shadow mapping features; most discrete GPUs support that since 2003 and most integrated GPUs support that since 2007. Technically, on Direct3D 9 the GPU has to support D16/D24X8 or DF16/DF24 texture formats; and on OpenGL it has to support GL_ARB_depth_texture extension.

Image Effects

Image Effects require render-to-texture functionality, which is generally supported on anything made in this millenium. However, all except the simplest effects require quite programmable pixel shaders, so for all practical purposes they require Shader Model 2.0 on desktop (discrete GPUs since 2003; integrated GPUs since 2005) and OpenGL ES 2.0 on mobile platforms.


In Unity, you can write fixed function or programmable shaders. Fixed function is supported everywhere except consoles (Xbox 360 & Playstation 3). Programmable shaders default to Shader Model 2.0 (desktop) and OpenGL ES 2.0 (mobile). On desktop platforms, it is possible to target Shader Model 1.1 for vertex shaders.

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