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Game Development How to Make a Video Game Introduction to Video Games Install Unity

AYUSHMAN BORUAH
AYUSHMAN BORUAH
321 Points

Having a small problem

My computer is a 32-bit operating system so can I install the 62-bit unity program?

3 Answers

andren
andren
28,538 Points

No, you cannot.

A 32-bit OS cannot run a 64-bit program. Unity 5.6 which is the most recent release will work on a 32-bit OS but it's worth mentioning that it is the last version of Unity that will do so. Unity has declared that they will stop supporting 32-bit OSes after 5.6 in this announcement.

This means that if you plan on developing Unity games in the future you will have to get a PC with a 64-bit OS at some point, or install one on your current PC if it has a 64-bit CPU.

It's also worth mentioning that Unity is pretty resource heavy, and computers that ship with 32-bit OSes tend to be pretty weak by today's standards, which means you will likely run into some performance issues while developing and running games on your current machine.

Quinton Gordon
Quinton Gordon
10,978 Points

Hey Ayushman,

The main thing you lose by not being able to run the 64-bit version of Unity is you are unable to build for consoles. In all reality publishing on consoles requires prior approval from the console manufacture so it is something you would not be looking into until you are a more experienced game dev.

While 5.6 will be the last version to support a 32-bit editor, Unity maintains previous versions of the editor at this link:

https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

So you will always have the option to download and use Unity 5.6 so don't shy away from learning the engine just because your current hardware restricts you!