Meta holds three big concerts in the Metaverse, and no one cares

At the end of 2021, Meta will hold three metaverse concerts on its VR platform Horizon Venues, which Oculus headset users can experience for free.

The star-studded lineup includes rapper Young Thug on December 26th, DJ David Guetta at noon on December 31st and The Chainsmokers on December 31st night.

▲ Picture from: Meta

But the effect is not ideal. According to Oculus official website information, the game with the largest number of followers is only 18,000 people. The problem is mainly a poor VR experience.

Judging from the August 2020 closed beta, Horizon Venues offers a center seat for comedy shows. The player who turned into a "legless monster" seemed to plunge into the third dimension, then shook and left silently.

▲ Internal beta experience. Animated graphic from: YouTube@Graphics Monkey

After more than a year, Horizon Venues has barely optimized the VR experience.

▲ Young Thug. Image from: Facebook

What Young Thug and The Chainsmokers are showing is a concert with a 180° virtual backdrop; David Guetta even provided a 2D live video of him at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

▲ Picture from: Meta

Of course, players can watch while dancing their avatars, or they can communicate with other fans in the lobby. But on New Year's Eve, that's not enough of a temptation to watch a concert in a VR headset alone at home.

Looking at the domestic perspective, the Baidu Create conference in December 2021 unveiled the "Xi Rong" metaverse.

Baidu said that the Metaverse’s demand for computing power is almost infinite. Based on technologies such as AI native cloud and spatial sound field reconstruction, “Xi Rong” is the first in China to achieve 100,000 people interacting on the same screen and “10,000 concert-level” reality. Sound restoration.

However, apart from face-to-face voice interaction, long-distance voice communication, body language communication, punching and taking pictures, there are not many functions currently open, and the concert is not a word.

Ma Jie, vice president of Baidu, pointed out that vision, hearing, and interaction are the three major technical problems that hinder the development of the Metaverse. This will be a step-by-step, step-by-step process.

Taking VR headsets as an example, both the running ability of VR and the huge computing power required to create 360-degree simulation effects are far less than the PC systems that 3A games rely on. A series of core technologies supporting VR headsets are still to be matured, and there is still a long way to go to create a "Ready Player One"-like realism.

By contrast, the April 2020 Fortnite Travis Scott concert was still repeatedly mentioned. The duration of less than 10 minutes does not affect it becoming the pinnacle of virtual concerts.

In front of millions of players and livestreaming viewers, an asteroid crashed into the ground, players were blown away by the air currents, and a giant Travis Scott emerged from the explosion to perform his single "Sicko Mode."

▲ Animated from: YouTube@Travis Scott

The entire game scene is accompanied by music, changing rich stage effects, staged visual wonders again and again, fire rain, stars, seabed, space… Players can move and adjust the viewing angle freely, and follow the rhythm of electronic music in a weightless state.

This virtual concert is due to the technical support of Fortnite developer Epic, which includes powerful server-side load pressure, Unreal Engine, real-time rendering capabilities, as well as sophisticated motion capture technology, 3D portrait polishing and holographic character projection.

The Fortnite concert is known as "the game's glimpse of the metaverse", and in front of the players are only computers, XBox devices and 2D screens, which also means that the future of virtual concerts must be found in the metaverse.

▲ Picture from: xrtoday

When everyone is the number one player, with VR headsets, somatosensory clothing, cyberprosthetics, and brain-computer interfaces, low latency and high immersion are only basic requirements. A virtual concert may make people tremble, provided that the technology can reach there.

Meta's Metaverse is the big Christmas 2021 winner while the concert goes unnoticed, the Oculus VR app overtakes TikTok to top the App Store's US free download chart, and the Quest 2 headset is the most popular Christmas technology gift.

The reality is always skinny, and the current metaverse platform is a bit "rough". It's hard to imagine Zuckerberg's words of "working, studying, and living in the VR world all day", and the real metaverse concert is still going on. Prepare for its prelude.

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