The metaverse is the future, or at least many believe so. Its potential remains to be seen, and as of right now, we can are witnessing the rapid uprise of the metaverse that won’t slow down anytime soon. With that, many of you might be curious to know how to enter the metaverse.
To enter the metaverse, you need a desktop computer or a smartphone in some cases. Although, VR hardware will provide the best experience. From there, choose a metaverse world you would like to explore. Popular metaverses include Somnium Space, Decentraland, Cryptovoxels, and Worldwide Webb.
The Metaverse isn’t a single app or just a game like many people think. There’s a lot to know before you enter into the metaverse, so let’s jump right in!
How to enter the metaverse
To enter the metaverse, all you need is a desktop computer. However, some metaverses like Somnium Space, claim that you can use your mobile device to explore their world, but I would advise against this.
Only because the metaverse consumes a lot of energy while exploring, and your phone is likely barely capable of supplying the type of computational power required to explore the metaverse. As a result, your experience when using a mobile device will be limited.
Once you have a solid computer and a stable internet connection, you can begin exploring the metaverse all you want. Some popular metaverses I recommend entering include Somnium Space, Decentraland, Cryptovoxels, Worldwide Web, and The Sandbox.
In many of these metaverse worlds, you don’t have to create an account to begin exploring, but if you want the full experience, you will have to create an account. The full experience includes things like buying, selling, and creating digital assets, real estate, and other virtual goods.
Even if you don’t want to spend money on digital assets, you can still create an account, make an avatar, explore the world, and interact with the community.
One important thing to know is that the metaverse isn’t a single world. Rather, it is a combination of different worlds that are available as various platforms.
What do you need to enter the metaverse?
To enter the metaverse, the very least you will need is a computer and a stable internet connection. For a fully immersive metaverse experience, you will need a quality VR headset. I’ve put together a list of the best VR headsets for the metaverse in this article.
Some specific worlds require specific things to enter. For example, to interact in The Sandbox, you will need a Web3 wallet and a Windows computer. Similarly, for complete access to the Decentraland metaverse, you will need the Metamask extension (Web3 wallet) integrated into your browser and ensure you are connected to it.
If you want to simply explore the metaverse, again, you can enter into most worlds with simply a computer and internet connection.
Is the metaverse free to enter?
The metaverse is a network of interconnected and immersive virtual environments. There is no single owner of the metaverse. You can compare it to the internet; no one owns it. There are multiple entities on the internet with full rights to their belongings.
As there is no single owner, there aren’t any subscription fees for accessing the metaverse. No one can charge you, so it is free in a sense. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to spend money to access it.
Again, think of the internet. No one can charge to access the internet because there is no single owner, but the thing is, to access the internet will cost you money. You will need an active internet connection, so you’ll have to pay your ISP or your cellular data provider. This is the same case for the metaverse. The cost of accessing the metaverse can be divided into three categories:
- Data Connection Charge
To access the metaverse, you have to access the internet first. So in a way, the metaverse isn’t free any more than the internet is. You will have to spend money on a stable internet connection. Remember, you are paying for accessing the internet, not the metaverse.
You can access the metaverse with an average internet connection. But for some advanced applications, you will need faster connections and networking devices like gigabit routers, etc.
- Hardware Cost
You don’t necessarily need VR devices to access the metaverse. But for a fully immersive experience, a VR headset is a must. As you already know, these devices can be quite expensive.
Consumer-level VR headsets are becoming more affordable every day. But the thing is that they are nowhere near as powerful as the more expensive ones. Also, the top-quality VR headsets require high-powered computers to run properly. So you have to spend money on multiple fronts.
You may have already spent money on all these devices without even thinking of using the metaverse. But if you think about the standalone cost of enjoying a complete metaverse experience, the expenditure can be substantial.
- Individual Expense
The metaverse world is free. But to access some of their features, you will need to spend virtual currency, which you can obtain by spending real-life currency. The virtual currency needed depends on the metaverse you are in.
Virtual currency is used to buy land and enjoy many other amenities. But all of those will cost money. To sum it all up, to enter the metaverse is free. But to get the most out of it, you will probably have to spend some money.
Which metaverse is the best to enter?
There are many metaverse worlds. Decentraland, Crypto Voxels, Somnium Space, and The Sandbox are the most popular and notable ones. Let’s have a look at each one briefly:
Decentraland‘s major goal is to make it easy to own LAND, or virtual real estate. It’s built on the Ethereum blockchain, with all assets stored as NFTs. You can still explore the virtual world even if you don’t want to spend money on it.
For a fully interactive experience, you will have to spend at least some money in the form of an investment or something else.
Cryptovoxels is a user-owned VR environment built on the Ethereum blockchain, similar to how municipalities control the road and the general public owns the land in real-life towns. The roads of the original city are owned by the company, and individuals own the land in the form of NFTs.
In addition to exploring Origin City—the main city in Cryptovoxels—players can use the in-game voxel builder to make, buy, and sell virtual assets. You may then trade your assets on an NFT platform like OpenSea to earn a living.
Somnium Space has built a virtual reality universe with its very own currency. It is available in two dimensions on any device, as well as in virtual reality on both smartphones and pc.
Somnium Space has the ability to track user engagement, conversion rates, etc. This unique metaverse world values its community by hosting frequent events and communicating via social media.
The Sandbox, like VR Chat, was designed to be a smartphone game. Later, it was purchased by another business that turned it into a voxel-based blockchain game. The users of this metaverse can build their own monetizable goods.
Using blockchain technology, users can create a variety of assets in the form of NFTs. You can also win money by playing games designed by others. Many people are drawn to this metaverse since it caters to both artists and consumers.
Ultimately, entering the metaverse is as simple as signing into your social media account, all you need is your computer and an internet connection. However, if you want a fully-immersive experience, you will benefit from setting up a Web3 wallet such as Metamask and investing in a quality VR headset like the Meta Oculus brand.
Keep in mind that the metaverse is still in its infancy, and people like Mark Zuckerberg are investing hundreds of millions of dollars into building the foundation of a strong and functional metaverse economy.
The metaverse isn’t one singular world, rather, it is multiple platforms that are to be explored separately. I do believe that eventually, within the next 5 to 10 years, the various metaverse worlds will be interconnected. But until then, you can have a lot of fun, and even make a lot of money in the metaverse.