Solved: Needs Unity upgrade to version xxxx.x.x

If you’re familiar with Unity and video game development then you are likely familiar with the Unity Asset Store. I recently came back to Unity after over a year long break (an eternity in Internet years) and found that I could not download a particular template from the Asset Store. Indeed, after adding the template to My Assets, I could not open the asset in Unity since the Download button was not clickable and the message below it stated:

Needs Unity upgrade to version xxxx.x.x

This can easily be resolved by upgrading your version of Unity. Here’s what happened:

When I fired up Unity after my hiatus, I upgraded it to version 5.4.5p5. However, this was only an upgrade for the version 5.0.0 branch. The latest versions actually use the xxxx.x.x format, or 2019.1.10 for example. Clearly my time away had really kept me out of the loop, since not only had the Unity versioning numbers changed but Unity had also released the Unity Hub which is a desktop app to act as a centralized place to manage your Unity projects and to access all things Unity. Note to self: subscribe to the Unity Blog to prevent further embarrassment.

Long story short: If you run into this issue when trying to download assets from the Asset Store, you’re probably running a dusty old version of Unity. Your best bet is to upgrade install the Unity Hub and Upgrade to the latest version:

Download and install the Unity Hub

You can also find all Unity versions here:
Unity Download Archive

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