At the CES 2022, NVIDIA announced that its metaverse building software, Omniverse, is now available for free to individual users. NVIDIA Omniverse is an open platform built for virtual collaboration and real-time physically accurate simulation.
With Omniverse, NVIDIA’s real-time 3D design collaboration and virtual world simulation platform, artists, designers and creators can use leading design applications to create 3D assets and scenes from their laptop or workstation.
NVIDIA launched the Omniverse beta in December 2020, and a paid subscription version for enterprises followed in November 2021. Nvidia said that Omniverse has been downloaded by over 100,000 creators.
Zhelong Xu, a digital artist and Omniverse Creator based in Shanghai, said:
“With this technology, content creators get more than just a fast renderer,” said . “NVIDIA Omniverse and RTX give artists a powerful platform with infinite possibilities.”
Creators like Xu are the people who will use Omniverse’s tools to build and collaborate on the vast amounts of content needed for this next generation of the web. They’re building interconnected 3D virtual worlds for commerce, entertainment, creativity and industry.
These boundless worlds will be populated with shops, homes, people, robots, factories, museums — a staggering amount of 3D content. This content is challenging to produce, typically requiring multiple, often incompatible tools. Omniverse connects these independent 3D design worlds into a shared virtual scene.
NVIDIA also announces new features within the Omniverse platform, including the one-click collaboration tool Nucleus Cloud, and new connectors, extensions and asset libraries built by Nvidia partners.
The company also said that the new support for the Omniverse ecosystem provided by leading 3D marketplaces and digital asset libraries gives creators an even easier way to build their scenes.