Altspace VR may still be alive

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Michael Naimark
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Summary

  • The arrival of new investors could explain this return of Altspace
  • The Sansar alternative for Altspace VR

A month after its closure, the social network Altspace made its comeback. Via a tweet, the start-up behind it explains that thanks to “in-depth discussions” the social network is once again available.

The arrival of new investors could explain this return of Altspace

The return of “Second-Life” in VR is not yet explained by the American start-up. However, by observing the tweets of Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, it is possible to make some assumptions. Indeed, on a message dated July 29, the latter questioned his followers “Should I try to save AltspaceVR? (this may not be possible) ”the response was 67% positive. This could explain that this August 16 the start-up announces its reopening.



For users of the social network and people believing in VR, this comeback is a real victory. The start-up that raised more than 15 million dollars in 2014 was during the flagship of the social network in virtual reality despite competition from Facebook. The latter having released its own social network via Facebook Spaces, it constituted a real competition to Altspace.

The Sansar alternative for Altspace VR

Despite this return to the fore, the future is not clear. The competition from Facebook Spaces is still fierce and Oculus Room seems to be well established. In addition, creations such as Sansar have appeared making the possibilities of Altspace VR even more complicated. The latter resembling Second Life, it will be difficult to stand up to the creator of the original social network. Yet Altspace VR still has 35 active accounts that will benefit from the reopening. It is certain that in the future we will have more information on why Altspace VR has come back to the fore.





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