The first metaverse was launched in 2003 when a video game called Second Life hit the market. Albeit it shares the main aspects of the metaverse, it’s nothing compared to the technology available today. But what is metaverse in the first place?
In this article, we’re going to explain the core tenets of the metaverse and give you a step-by-step guide on how to use it.
What is Metaverse?
Metaverse refers to a virtual world that is open to people from all around the world. The main aspect separating the metaverse from Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) video games is that in the metaverse, the player is also the creator. Traditional online games are created by a team of developers, and players are simply there to explore what was designed by someone else. The entire playing experience is already set in stone.
In the metaverse, the developers only offer the platform and give players all the power to create anything they want on that platform. It’s completely decentralized, meaning there isn’t some authority above everyone else. So, instead of just experiencing what someone else has created, people in the metaverse can create their own experiences. This emphasis on user-generated content has brought metaverse nicknames like “the new internet” or “the 3D internet”.
Inside the metaverse, you are free to meet new people, explore new places, and create something on your own, similar to how user experience is on the internet.
The main thing that makes the last wave of metaverses differ from its predecessors is the inclusion of Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Instead of experiencing the user-generated world through a 2D screen, people can get immersed in it thanks to a VR headset.
How To Use Metaverse?
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of metaverses. The term “metaverse” itself refers to a concept of this global, digital environment where users can create their reality. However, many companies have created metaverses adhering to the core principles of the metaverse.
First, you need to choose which metaverse you want to join. Depending on the metaverse, you’ll need different hardware and software. Some metaverses even feature economy systems based on cryptocurrency, which require you to open a crypto wallet.
For example, let’s say you want to join Horizon Worlds, a metaverse by Meta Platforms (Facebook). It’s supported by two VR headsets by Meta: Quest and Quest 2. The former is discontinued, but you can buy Quest 2 for $399.99.
Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset, meaning you don’t need any additional hardware to dive straight into the metaverse. After buying the headset, you’ll need to download Horizon Worlds straight into your headset, and you’re ready to explore the virtual world where the possibilities are endless!
It’s important to point out that Horizon Worlds isn’t the only available metaverse on Oculus Quest 2. You can also join metaverses like VRChat, AltspaceVR, Rec Room, and many more!
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