The concept of metaverse is everywhere, and although it is simple to understand in a few words, it is still quite extensive. There are different types of metaverse and each works differently or attracts different types of people. We have already told you about the Sandbox Metaverse and the Facebook Metaverse (Meta), but the truth is that there are others that we have not yet covered. Here are some varied examples of metaverses to give you an idea of what it is!
Second Life Metaverse
Let’s start by talking about the first metaverse to exist, Second Life, which has been around since 2003. This virtual world is fully three-dimensional and its operation is very similar to that of a social network where avatars interact with each other.
In the virtual world of Second Life, in addition to interacting with each other, users can also participate in various activities (individual and group). They can create and market virtual properties, offer services and grow in this ecosystem. To access this universe, users must be over 18 years old.
Unlike other metaverses, Second Life is an example of a closed metaverse. Since it does not work with blockchain technology, it also does not offer NFTs to users. On the contrary, this universe has its own currency, which is the Linden dollar, and with it, you can buy everything in your universe.
Continuously, we have the Minecraft 3-D Centralized Metaverse. With over 150 million monthly active users, this universe does not originally run on blockchain. However, with the Enjin plugin launched in 2020, users can enjoy the benefits and opportunities of using tokens. This makes it possible to integrate, exchange and use blockchain-based game items or elements across multiple servers.
Decentralized and metaverse
We continue with the Decentraland metaverse, which is not very different from Second Life but has a few differences that set it apart from the first. Starting with the fact that this virtual reality is fully decentralized and based on the Ethereum blockchain Technology.
In Decentraland, users can perform a wide variety of actions, from buying plots of land and building on them, to selling MANA tokens. They can also stop at the beautiful virtual square, Genesis Square, which is located in the center of the map. Their users can learn more about Decentraland and its history.
According to NonFungible, Decentraland reached 129,716 sales worth $96.9 million. The most expensive sale made in this metaverse was digital lot #4339, which sold for $2.4 million.
Here things change a bit more with the OVR metaverse. Much like Decentraland, this universe is decentralized and based on Ethereum, only this metaverse is augmented reality. You can therefore access it through your mobile or smart glasses which will manage to make the experience much more immersive.
In this metaverse, users do not choose content through personalized searches but are exposed to specific experiences based on their geographic location. Additionally, the OVR design has hexagonal plots that span the entire planet Earth so users can trade them in a realistic real estate market. Currently, OVR is one of the most popular examples advanced augmented reality metaverse.
Axie Infinity is one of the most popular metaverse games of the moment, and one of the best examples of this type of metaverse. In this trading and fighting game, players must collect, breed, battle, and trade Axies creatures. Which are also digitized as NFT. Currently, this metaverse has over 1.2 million active (and growing) users. It also had sales of around $3.4 billion.
We end with Roblox, which, like the first metaverse examples we gave before, is centralized. In this online gaming environment, all users can create and develop their own virtual worlds. This platform has over 200 million active users and features Nike’s metaverse, Nikeland. It currently has around 9.5 million developers.