Earlier today VRFocus reported that virtual reality (VR) developer nDreams had raised $2.7 million USD in funding to create titles for head-mounted displays (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. This isn’t the only large-scale funding to be raised by a VR developer recently, however. Realistic VR software studio Nurulize has also announced that it has secured $2 million in seed funding. The money will go towards the development of Nurulize’s Nu Reality: Desert Home VR Experience, which was on shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Shows (CES).
The seed funding was led by Chaos Group, a rendering technology company, with the aim of furthering the development of new VR software tools and experiences. The Nurulize group will see growth in both its team and its client base, a list which includes the likes of Audi AG and Nikon Inc. The former already plays a key role in Nu Reality: Desert Home VR Experience, which uses HDR images taken from Nikon D810 cameras to build a realistic replica virtual home in the desert designed to run at a high frame rate all the way up to 4K resolution for future HMDs.
Currently players can put on an HMD and explore this home, which has been created using images covering nearly six acres. The room in which players find themselves contains a book that, when opened, emits an image of a solar system in the middle of the room, rotating in front of the user. The company plans to expand on the software with downloadable content (DLC), eventually adding new experiences, objects and the chance for users to customise their homes. Picture frames will allow for live Facebook and Instagram feeds and simulate drive-in theatres with TVs.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Chaos Group – industry pioneers in the area of high end 3D rendering for film, video, architecture, games and design,” Nurulize CEO Philip Lunn said of the funding.
It’s not quite clear when Nu Reality: Desert Home VR Experience will launch for consumers just yet. Compatible platforms and HMDs are also yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow Nurulize and its work, reporting back with any further updates.