Unity is an integrated authoring tool for creating 3D video games or other interactive content such as architectural visualizations or real-time 3D animations. Unity's development environment runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, and the games it produces can be run on Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, iPad, iPhone, as well as the Android platform. It can also produce browser games that use the Unity web player plugin, supported on Mac and Windows but not Linux. The web player is also used for deployment as Mac widgets. Unity also has the ability to export games to Adobe's Stage 3D functionality in Flash, but certain features that the web player supports are not useable due to limitations in Flash.
Unity consists of both an editor for developing/designing content and a game engine for executing the final product. Unity is similar to Director, Blender game engine, Virtools, Torque Game Builder, and Gamestudio, which also use an integrated graphical environment as the primary method of development.
Unity won the Wall Street Journal 2010 Technology Innovation Award in the software category. In 2009, Unity Technologies was named one of Gamasutra's "Top 5 Game Companies of 2009" for Unity. Unity was a runner-up for the best use of graphics on Mac OS X in the 2006 Apple Design Awards.