Virtual reality (VR) has a different kind of vibe to it compared to the rest of the games industry as so many developers of hardware and software want to share their lessons, successes, and failures with the rest of the community for the greater good of VR itself, and this is a defining characteristic in the overall thriving nature of VR. Sansar, with Linden Lab, opening up applications for creators to try out their own platform to create cross-platform experiences, and now invitations to try it out are starting to be sent back.
It is said that Sansar is aiming to democratise VR as a creative medium, letting people create, share, and monetise their own VR experiences with head-mounted displays (HMD) such as HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.
“Since opening applications for our Creator Preview, more than 6,500 people have applied to use Sansar to create their own social VR experiences,” said Bjorn Laurin, VP of Product at Linden Lab in a press release. “To start, we’re inviting a select group of creators whose skills and projects are the best fit for Sansar’s capabilities today. As the platform matures, we’ll continue inviting more and more creators up until public release early next year. Feedback from this early community will help us improve the platform, and they’ll create a range of incredible social VR experiences that everyone can enjoy at Sansar’s public release.”
Only select creators will be sent invitations back, and it is said that the platform will be released in 2017 – although it isn’t clear at what point during the year we can expect it.
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