UK start-up Improbable has just raised half a billion dollars to build the biggest virtual reality worlds ever seen. Wanting to build massive-scale simulations – effectively the Matrix – Improbable raised $502 dollars through series B funding, led by Softbank.
The London-based company will use the money to develop its SpatialOS cloud-based operating system to allow it to create huge VR worlds for the games industry. Improbable claims that its software allows for the creation of larger and more complex world which will eventually support more simultaneously connected users than is currently possible.
According to company CEO Herman Narula, huge virtual reality spaces are the future of gaming and IT in general. “The next major phase in computing will be the emergence of large-scale virtual worlds which enrich human experience and change how we understand the real world," he said.
And Narula is convinced that the developments in technology will benefit a lot more areas and industries than just the gaming sphere. In fact, Improbable envisions its technology being used for simulations of complex real-world systems to be used in everything for game play to learning to drive. Ultimately, Improbable wants to create a totally immersive, persistent virtual worlds accessible to infinite users.
Deep Nishar, managing director at Softbank, also believes that the company’s vision is going to be the next stage in computing. "Improbable’s technology will help us explore disease, improve cities, understand economies and solve complex problems on a previously unimaginable scale," he said.