US tech firm Nvidia announced this week it will make its Omniverse platform available as a free service for all Nvidia Studio users.
Additionally, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the firm revealed various Omniverse updates along with a lineup of new premium and entry-level laptops.
The news comes after Nvidia debuted its Omniverse Enterprise in November last year, which optimises the real-time 3D (RT3D) development platform for firms via an upgraded paid subscription service.
New Omniverse Features and Upgrades
Nvidia released its Omniverse software development kit (SDK) last year to unify RT3D design tools under a single space to support creative pipelines across several platforms such as Unity, Photoshop, and Unreal Engine.
This gives RT3D developers a streamlined toolkit to create augmented reality (AR) and VR immersive solutions for enterprises or individuals.
At the CES 2022, Nvidia introduced Nucleus Cloud, a new tool for the Omniverse ecosystem that enables one-click, peer-to-peer file sharing for large RT3D assets and scenes.
Also, Omniverse users will be soon able to export Audio2Face tool to Epic Game’s MetaHuman Creator 3D avatar development app.
Audio2Face uses an advanced AI-driven system to autonomously lip-sync avatar animations to match audio tracks. Omniverse developers can now export this AI data directly to Epic Game’s high-fidelity graphics engine to produce accurate and highly-detailed VR avatars.
@nvidia released a new update for Omniverse Audio2Face, giving it the ability to generate facial BlendShapes.
— 80 LEVEL (@80Level) January 6, 2022
Additionally, Nvidia is bringing key updates to its Canvas service AI solution that converts digital brushstrokes into photorealistic landscapes, improving image resolution and AI systems, as well as adding many new design materials.
New Nvidia Hardware for RT3D Content Creation
Along with Nvidia’s Omniverse updates, the tech firm will also launch a new range of powerful laptops optimised for RT3D content creation.
The company also plans to release its new Nvidia Studio laptop range under two models of varying processing power. Currently, the line-up features GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti models priced at roughly USD 2,499 and USD 1,499, respectively.
Additionally, Nvidia is levelling the playing field by introducing a GeForce RTX 3050-powered laptop. Costing roughly USD 279, Nvidia’s budget-friendly device will make RT3D content creation, AI-driven development pipelines, and video acceleration more widely available.
According to reports, Nvidia will also release its RTX 3050 laptop on January 27, and to fully optimise desktops for VR content creation, developers can invest in a GeForce RTX 3090 GPU specifically built for VR content design and distribution.