Using Unity within virtualbox


I've read another post about the same subject but as it's an older, I thought since that Virtualbox had evolved that this may change the approach.

In fact, VB seems to integrate video acceleration. Altough I installed the last Directx 11 on the XP VM, unity3D send an error for DirectX 9 and Direct3D.

So : is it possible to have unity Working with Virtual Box ?

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asked Aug 19, 2010 at 01:01 PM

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No, Unity will not work with VB. However it works with VMWare Fusion if you enable "Accelerate 3D Graphics". But be advised that you'll have a considerably loss of video performance compared with your host operating system.

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answered Aug 19, 2010 at 04:39 PM

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I have mac osx running in vmware on windows 7 with the Accellerate 3D Graphics enabled, but unity crashes everytime it start, i only need this so i can build to the ipad or iphone, for the rest i build everything on windows and there everything works fine.

Could you give me some feedback if you guys have tried this yourselves?

Kind Regards

Mario Vermeulen

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answered Jan 22, 2011 at 06:40 PM

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I can confirm that a Unity project I built with Unity 3.5.1f2 runs on Windows XP SP3 in VirtualBox 4.1.16.

My VM has 2D and 3D acceleration enabled, and I installed the experimental Direct3D Support, but otherwise all VM settings are defaults.

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answered Jun 04, 2012 at 03:03 PM

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Steve ,

What does you means "I installed the experimental Direct3D Support" ? Isn't install DirectX on VM ? which version ? Because i have problem to run UNity 3D when i run it on window 7..

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Another reply here is wrong. I can confirm to have recently seen Unity running just fine on VirtualBox, on a OS X guest. It was used to deploy iOS builds to app store via Xcode

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answered Dec 03, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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I got VirtualBox 4.3.8 working with a Windows 7 Guest VM where the host was running Arch Linux. The most important thing is to install the 3D drivers. This guide is for a different purpose, but it shows how to install the 3D drivers: http://www.howtogeek.com/124479/how-to-enable-3d-acceleration-and-use-windows-aero-in-virtualbox/

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