The head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has long been talking about the creation of the metaverse. However, he cannot be called the inventor of this idea. There are already several early examples of this concept being realized. For example, Somnium Space. It is an open social virtual reality platform built on the blockchain, which is close to the concept of the metaverse.
In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know to go on a journey through the Somnium Space metaverse. You will learn how to create your own avatar, why you need to connect a crypto wallet and where to find interesting places.
Somnium Space at a glance
Somnium Space looks more like an advanced version of the internet, rather than a game. There is no plot or uniform rules here. Anyone can purchase virtual land and build almost anything they want. This is similar to how people buy addresses on the internet and build websites.
Somnium Space Map. The higher the bar, the more expensive the piece of land is
The world of Somnium Space is a small town by the lake. Museums, play areas, cinemas, parks, schools and much more are located along the coast. You can immerse yourself in the metaverse with a VR headset. A web mode is also available so that you can visit places directly in your browser.
How to dive into the Somnium Space metaverse
Any journey begins with preparation. Let's take a look at everything there is to know before diving into the Somnium Space metaverse.
Registration. You can enter the web version of Somnium Space in guest mode. But you need to register for the changes and settings to be saved. The procedure takes place as on a regular website — using an email address. In addition, surname, first name and nickname are required fields for registration.
Somnium Space registration form. Date of birth and country of Residence are optional fields
Connecting a crypto wallet. Somnium Space uses blockchain to record ownership of digital assets. Therefore, if you need to purchase an item, you will need to connect a cryptocurrency wallet. All tickets, paintings and parcels of land are sold as NFTs in the OpenSea marketplace.
Customize your avatar. Somnium Space has several ways to customize your avatar:
- Online constructor. This is the built-in Ready Player Me application, in which you can create an avatar from a set of simple elements: clothing items, hairstyles, eye and skin colors.
- Hologram. This is a mode in which the avatar will be replaced with a webcam image.
- 3D modeling. You can create an avatar in any 3D editor that supports the .fbx format and then import it into Somnium Space.
User avatars in the Somnium Space metaverse.
Map search. The whole world of Somnium Space is divided into 5 thousand square plots of land. All of them are NFT and have a unique number. It can be used to easily find and go to the desired place.
A card for one of the Somnium Space parcels. Source: OpenSea
When all the preliminary steps are done, it remains to choose the time and place for the dive. Since VR headsets are still not widely available, Somnium Space is usually not crowded with people. The most interesting things happen during the scheduled events. Below we will describe how to find out about them and what awaits them.
Where to go to Somnium Space
Dance parties are held at Somnium Space every Sunday. It is one of the most popular regular events in the metaverse. Users listen to a music set by a guest DJ, dance and get to know each other.
Stream recording from one of the disco parties in Somnium Space
Also, Somnium Space often hosts LIVE performances by artists. Most of them are free and you don't need to buy tickets. Aspiring musicians get the opportunity to find their audience thanks to the metaverse.
Fragment of the singer's performance at Somnium Space
In addition to concerts, Somnium Space also hosts free meetups and 3D design tutorials. For upcoming events, visit the Somnium Space website or @SomniumSpace Twitter.
The Somnium Space events calendar is located in the Events tab. Source: Somnium Space
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We showed you how to immerse yourself in Somnium Space and where to go for aspiring metaverse travelers. Even without a VR headset, you can visit interesting places using the browser version. For example, dance parties and concerts of aspiring performers.
Author: Boris Tahohov Editor: Dmitrii Egorov
Illustrator: Julia Chistyakova