VR, XR, AR… MR? How to Access the Metaverse and Everything You Need to Get Started

VR, XR, AR… MR? How to Access the Metaverse and Everything You Need to Get Started

With major companies like Meta, Nvidia, and Microsoft driving metaverse technology forward, we’re set for a huge revolution in our digital lives. As adoption rates increase, and our own MetaLOX platform continues to develop, we’ve got everything you need to know to access and start using the metaverse.

Jeremy Rodgers · 5 minute read

Metaverse is set to transform our digital lives. In fact, it might even change our daily realities. To help you get started, we look at how to access the metaverse and the tech involved.

Described as the future iteration of the internet, the metaverse is a virtual reality that provides digital experiences as a substitute for the real world. It's a space where people can meet, interact, learn, play, shop, work, manage money, and more.

Whether you're a first timer or seasoned pro, it's important you understand how to access the metaverse. But first, let’s talk about why the metaverse is so important and the businesses intent on revolutionizing what it means to be online.

Tech Giants Driving Metaverse Development

The metaverse has many, many uses. For businesses, it has the potential to drive omni-channel sales, boost employee engagement, aid product innovation, and more. It could also help speed up training, improve teleworker camaraderie, and reduce office space needs. For others, it’s simply a source of fun.

According to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, the impact of the metaverse on the e-commerce market will be between $2-2.6 trillion by 2030. The report also states that 60 percent of consumers are excited about the metaverse. 

With those figures being so high, many technology companies are developing products and services especially for the metaverse. Meta, Nvidia, and Microsoft have all announced significant applications that would give enterprises access to the metaverse.

Of course, the online gaming industry has been creating immersive virtual worlds for decades. Games such as Fortnite and Second Life allow players to interact with one another and dress up their avatars in virtual apparel.

So, how can I access the metaverse? Well, before you delve into this immersive tech experience, you’re going to need the right kit. 

What Do I Need to Access the Metaverse?

The metaverse is an online interactive environment that replicates the physical world within a 3D virtual world. To get started, you'll need a laptop or desktop computer and an internet connection. Even some smartphones are capable of doing the job.

You could also invest in a virtual reality headset, too—but that’s by no means necessary at this current stage of adoption.

While you can access the metaverse without a headset, there’s no doubting the truly immersive experience that they provide. There’s plenty of options available, including the Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive, and even PlayStation VR. 

Although purchasing a VR headset is entirely optional, you'll likely need to invest in a crypto wallet. These are available through various cryptocurrency platforms. These wallets allow you to store your virtual cash, such as Ethereum, and are especially important if you’re keen to buy digital metaverse land or any platform-bespoke items.

Before diving in, it’s advisable to pick one or two metaverse platforms to try first. This is a good way to see what the experience is like and how you can interact with other people in the digital world. 

But what can you actually do in the metaverse?

A Digital World to Interact, Play, and Learn

The metaverse is a collaborative computer-generated environment that is similar to online role-playing environments. People can use their avatars to create virtual worlds, which are connected to real-world places and objects. Avatars can interact with real and virtual products, play games, attend trade shows, and even date.

Unlike traditional avatars, metaverse avatars have a range of features, including the ability to change their gender, hair color, and body type. They can also play games, visit virtual stores, and even buy and sell virtual items.

Though metaverse technology is still in its infancy, it promises to be a transformative way to work and play. It can also allow entire offices to operate in a virtual world, bridging the gap between home and workplace.

Ready Player You

Now that you know how to access the metaverse, it’s a simple case of picking the right platform for you, creating an account where necessary and jumping into the digital worlds like Decentraland, the Sandbox, and even our own metaverse platform—MetaLOX. Don’t forget to create your own avatar, too. This step usually occurs when you first join a community. After that, you’re free to roam, play, purchase land and digital assets, and enjoy many other amenities.

MetaLOX is LOX Network’s very own metaverse platform, hosted on our blockchain—and it’s coming soon.

MetaLOX: Play, Earn and Socialize 

At LOX Network, we’ve developed a custom-built hybrid blockchain that’s powering the world’s first global decentralized mobile device blacklist. 

Now, our hybrid blockchain technology is transforming what it means to be a metaverse through MetaLOX—our very own metaverse that integrates NFTs, Game-Fi, and De-Fi, pushing the limits of AR, MR, VR, and XR to the maximum

We’re bringing users an immersive virtual experience like no other. Join our community for the latest news and updates on all things MetaLOX.

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