Learn the Input System with updated tutorials and our sample project, Warriors

With the Input System, you can quickly set up controls for multiple platforms, from mobile to VR. Get started with our example projects and new video tutorials for beginners and intermediate users.

Input is at the heart of what makes your real-time projects interactive. Unity’s system for input standardizes the way you implement controls and provides new advanced functionality. It’s verified for Unity 2019 LTS and newer versions (see the documentation for a full list of supported input devices). 

Our new tutorial content can help you to get started quickly, even if you’re completely new to developing for multiple platforms. If you’re already familiar with the workflows, learn more about how to use the Input System to drive (other) Unity tools like Cinemachine or Unity UI with Warriors, our main example project.

This Meet the Devs session from March explains why we created this new system and includes  a demo that outlines workflows for setting up local multiplayer, quickly adding gamepad controls, spawning new players, and implementing mobile controls. Rene Damm, the lead developer of the Input System, also answers questions from the audience about tooling and the team’s roadmap. 

Roll-a-Ball: Input System for beginners

If you’re a beginner who just wants to get to know the basic input workflows for Unity, check the updated Roll-a-Ball project on Unity Learn. It walks you through first steps like installing the Input System package, adding a Player Input component, and applying input data to the Player.

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The Roll-a-Ball project helps beginners get acquainted with Input System basics.

The Prototype Series: Controlling a spaceship

The Procedural Boss tutorial from the Prototype Series uses our new Supernova art pack.

Our Prototype Series also uses the Input System, as you can see in this video and example project on creating a boss with procedural animation. The spaceship’s input action asset uses input for movement controls, shooting laser projectiles, and boosting.

Warriors: Intermediate integrations and gameplay scenarios

Warriors is a project that demonstrates more intermediate tooling and APIs with the Input System in a typical third-person local-multiplayer cross-platform game setup. It’s available for Unity 2019 LTS and will be updated for the 2020 LTS version when it’s released next year. You can download the project from GitHub, where we have three branches available:

 V1 captures the state of the project at the time of the Meet the Devs session mentioned above;  V2 is what we’ve used for the most recent Input System Unite Now session (see below);  We’re continuing our work in the Master branch.

The project is built around characters that can be controlled in both Single Player and Local Multiplayer modes. When the Game Manager is set to Local Multiplayer, it will instantiate several instances of the Warrior prefab. As the Warrior prefab is set up to use the Input System’s Player Input component, each instance of the Warrior will automatically have a connected input device paired to it.

Control schemes

The control scheme for this Warrior is set up for cross-platform play and auto-switches between the keyboard and different gamepads. This setup provides an example of applying smoothing to the raw runtime input data so that

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