Linden Lab the creator of Second Life has announced this week that it has invited a small number of developers to be the first to test its new virtual reality (VR) platform, Project Sansar.
Project Sansar wants to enable peopleto easily create, share, and monetize their own multi-user, interactive VR experiences, without requiring engineering resources. when it launches to the general consumer in 2016. The platform will enable users to create professional-level quality and performance with exceptional visual fidelity, 3D audio, and physics simulation. Project Sansar will be optimized for VR head-mounted displays (HMD) like the Oculus Rift, but also accessible via PCs and (at consumer launch) mobile devices.
The developers that have been invited to help test Project Sansar will create 3D content using Autodesk’s Maya software and will then export their creations to the new platform. At the platforms consumer launch a variety of third-party creation tools as well as native building options will be supported, so that creators can work with their preferred software.
Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab said in a statement: “We want to lower the barrier of entry for VR experience creation. Project Sansar will do for virtual experiences what WordPress has done for the Web: empower a broad range of people to create with professional quality and reach global audiences. By greatly expanding who can create virtual experiences, Project Sansar will also extend the value of VR to a wide variety of use-cases – from gaming and entertainment to education, architecture, art, community-building, business meetings, healthcare, conferences, training, and more.”
VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of Project Sansar as more detail are released by Linden Lab.