Heard people talking about getting in to the metaverse but have no idea how to do it? In this blog we will simply define and explain it.
A Simple Explanation Of How To Get Into The Metaverse
There are lots of different ways to enter “the metaverse” or more specifically “a metaverse”. You’ll just need a computer and a crypto wallet. Then choose the metaverse you wish to jump into, like Decentraland or The Sandbox.
What You’ll Need In The Metaverse
Your smart phone, laptop or desktop computer will let you access the metaverse with many virtual worlds offering cross-platform compatibility. Make sure you are running the latest operating system and you will be able to immerse yourself in thousands of different experiences. If it’s virtual reality you are seeking, you’ll need a VR (virtual reality) headset or AR (augmented reality) smart glasses. A headset is not a necessity but if you want the full metaverse experience, it’s definitely the way to go.
VR Headset – Facebook’s Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) is the market leader in this field. It is the successor to the Oculus Quest. Playstation VR and Valve Index are alternatives.
AR Smart Glasses – Google Glass Enterprise 2 and the Microsoft HoloLens 2 are among the market leaders.
Joining the Metaverse
Decentraland was one of the pioneers of metaverse technology and remains one of the most popular of its kind. So let’s take a look at how you can explore it. To access Decentraland, you’ll need your computer and your crypto wallet.
Choose your avatar – this is how you will appear in the metaverse – choose everything from your hair and eye color to your clothes.
Start exploring – Genesis Plaza is the starting point in Decentraland. Take a look around this busy hive and when you’ve seen enough, teleport to wherever you want to go.
Meet new people – make friends while playing the game and chat about your experiences in the metaverse.
Play games – join in the fun if you feel the urge. Wonder Mine Crafting Game is a popular game at the moment. Meteors hit the ground and gamers mine them for money and minerals. You might prefer to play mini-golf or try your luck playing poker with strangers.
Gamble – hit the casino and try to build your crypto pot. There are several casinos to choose from in Dencentraland.
See a concert – Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott and Marshmallow have all held center stage in Decentraland. Keep an eye out for who’s playing soon.
Buy some land – secure your very own piece of Dencentraland with the option to sell or lease it out. You may even want to build on it. But you’ll have to learn how to use Blender first. It’s the platform’s builder software.
Other Metaverses To Explore
If Decentraland doesn’t take your fancy or you want to explore other metaverses, your options are many and varied.
The Sandbox – a virtual world where users build, own and sell their gaming experiences via NFTs.
Horizon Worlds – this is Meta’s own world made especially for the Meta Quest 2 headset. It’s a free online video game with virtual reality. And in the true spirit of Facebook, it allows users to meet and interact online and enjoy any number of activities.
Cryptovoxels – Origin City is the main city in this metaverse – a virtual world of players who buy land as NFTs and build on it for profit.
Illuvium – go exploring, hunting and collecting magical creatures known as Illuvials in this adventure game.
Axie Infinity – another popular game full of mythical beasts, mutants and flying robots as well as Axies, your very own pets.
Characteristics Of The Metaverse
The idea and development of the metaverse has been a slow burn. But Facebook’s bold decision to change its company name to Meta has stoked the flames and the fire is growing day by day. It’s still very much a work in progress and it may be some years before we start to see its full potential but even now, the metaverse has some basic traits which by and large align with the concept and characteristics of the blockchain.
Decentralized – no-one controls the metaverse
Cryptocurrencies – you’ll need them to pay your way in this virtual economy
Infinite – it’s a bit like the universe, there is no known barrier to it
Timeless – the metaverse exists and continues to exist whether you’re in it or not. It can’t be shut down.
Social – Interact and meet with other users and AI virtual people
Immersive – users will get the full benefit of what the metaverse has to offer with extended reality (XR) tools like headsets and glasses
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