2017 IMA: BIZ: Virtual worlds: upscale, downscale. The market diverges

Virtual worlds: upscale, downscale. The market divergesAdvancing technology  Upscale: stereo view, head mounted displaysDownscale virtual worlds in a web page running in a browser*******************************************************************(More after the break, scroll down!)********************************************************************** Metaverse events, current and upcomingArt of the Artists: [email protected] Machinima Challenge (L$350,000 Prize Pool) Create a film with a work of art.A web page you can walk intoHypergrid Writer’s CommunityIMA BlogIMA locations3D web-worlds of the browser (G+ community)Mal Burns: Inworld ReviewTry a browser-based virtual worldSelby’s daily news collection:  Virtual worlds are real   Virtual Outworlding news collection Events on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsEntertainment on the HypergridHYPERGRID EVENTSDestination guide: OpenSimWorldHyperica, Directory of Opensimulator hypergrid destinationsOpensim AAM Virtual PerformersWELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIESVirtual world G+ communities:  Communities virtual worlds G+In a virtual world, your deodorant never fails.******************************************************Upscale virtual worldsUpscale means more expensive and “better” in some sense.  The new virtual worlds are designed for 3D stereo with a head-mounted display.The prices I see on head-mounted displays range from about $400 to $800.You could probably get a computer adequate for virtual worlds for about $800.For a computer and headset for the upscale worlds, you would probably pay about $1,600Double the cost–definitely upscale.Sansar (in open beta)High FidelityVirtual reality headsetDownscale virtual worldsGoing into virtual worlds is free.  You can’t get more downscale than that in money.So downscale means less expensive equipment and less cost in time and effort.That means web-worlds.  Virtual worlds in a browser. No more effort than going to any other web page.  Maybe an extra minute on the time cost because web-worlds can be slow to load.  These run in a lap-top, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet.Prospects for stereo in a head-mounted displayStereo immersion may be attractive to gamers, but I outgrew games long ago.I usually have my browser open and I use it every few minutes.I may write on my blog, check my email, look something up on Wikipedia, etc.Skype is always running.  And sometimes people call me.  Put that all together and I doubt I could wear the thing 10 minutes at a stretch.I probably will not buy one.The history of  Stereoscopy and 3D film does not show popular uptake.I think this will be a niche market.You can use the desktop view in these brave new worlds.But then you will need to find some other reason why they are “better.”Prospects for web-worlds Web-worlds run on almost any new device that runs a browser.People can visit and evaluate with no preparation and no registration.Examples are Cybalounge-nonprofit and IMA join page.  Note that web-worlds can be used as gateways to virtual worlds.I think this tech can develop for mass market use, at least for marketing.Articles about web-worlds in this blogNowscale worldsSecond Life and OpenSimulator seem adequate for current use.Upgrades have become rare in both places.  The major weakness of OpenSimulator was an inadequate physics engine.That issue seems to have been resolved in OS 0.9.x.The major weakness of Second Life is the high cost versus OpenSimulator.Users may be resolving that issue by shifting to OpenSimulator.Many current users seem to feel no urgency to change to a “better” system.Users of current virtual worlds may be interested in web-worlds as an gateway.They can meet and talk to people in a virtual world on a web page.That may interest some people in coming into the “real” virtual worlds.*********************************************************************************LicenseOriginal text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domainUse as you please with attribution: link to the original.All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.*********************************News and NotesHG links– depending on your interests About  educationAbout artDinosaurSailing in virtual worldsAbout VideosSights of the virtual worldsPeople of the virtual worldsAbout business  The incomplete works of Ann Tree PrenyourOutworldz One-Click Hypergrid  (Install your own HG)Binder’s OSWorlds Stats and Status (past week)Google Calendar tutorial (Used for notices of HG events)Hypergrid Tour 2016-01– 167 virtual worldsEvents on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsEntertainment on the Hypergrid, a G+ community   HYPERGRID EVENTS   Hypergrid DestinationsHypergrid-related articles in this blogCommunities in the virtual worldsArcadia Asylum All Around   G+ community: Hypergrid SafariG+ community: Metaverse ToursOpensimworld. 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