What Is Somnium Space? — A Compelling Deep Dive Into This Immersive “Ready Player One” Metaverse

1. “Ready Player One” in the here and now — what is the jaw-dropping vision of Somnium Space?

Screenshot from the Somnium Website.
  • The goal is to create an open, social and persistent (you can’t pause it) virtual reality world, secured by the blockchain.
  • Everyone should be able to buy land and build on it — with games, hubs, concert halls…
  • Everyone should own their avatar and items as NFTs.
  • And everyone should be able to monetize their Experiences to make money.
  • It is the next level of communication, e-commerce, and entertainment…

2. How you can experience the Somnium Space — The technology behind this immersive Metaverse

MGH’s Metaverse Development Team has experienced it first hand:

  • It supports all popular PC VR headsets — so from VALVE, Oculus, HTC VIVE, HP, and all Windows mixed reality headsets. It allows full-body tracking, finger tracking, and lip and eye tracking.
  • You can download the VR client for free via Steam or the Somnium website.
  • Likewise, you can immerse yourself in Somnium Space with your mobile phone, laptop, or tablet, using SomniumWeb directly from the browser. VR is also supported here. However, with the web client, you can only see the land you are on. Only with the VR client the whole world.
  • Construct fancy buildings, statues, castles… whatever comes to your mind with the Builder Tool on your land or test land — without having to code or attend a 3D modeling Bootcamp.
  • Developers with more experience can use the “Unity SDK”. With it, they can upload full-body avatars, design elaborate scenes, insert animations — and finally drag and drop everything onto their land… like a coffee cup onto the kitchen table.
  • Somnium’s high-performance servers allow thousands of players to sink into this world simultaneously — without being cut off by annoying loading bars.
  • Later, you shall also feel, smell, maybe even taste at some point, because Somnium is working on integrating multisensory masks…

3. Trade, play, and build in the Metaverse — Join the Somnium Space VR Economy

In Ready Player One, you had action, fun, mountain climbing with Batman — yet the economics behind it remained “unanimated.”

The Currency of Somnium Space: CUBE

CUBE is an ERC-20 token that is limited to a maximum of 100,000,000 tokens. It is the sole means of payment in Somnium; and you use it, for example, to:

  • Buy and rent Land,
  • Pay for avatars or wearables,
  • Get tickets for Experiences (a live concert)
  • Or pay for means of transport — for example, for a car or a teleporter…

The Stunning NFTs in Somnium Space

The Map of Somnium Space
  • Land: Like any blockchain metaverse, you can buy land in Somnium Space. Think of it like real land, where you have your blockchain house, your blockchain garden fence, and your blockchain doghouse… or something cool like a concert hall, a paintball world…
  1. S (200m², height limit: 10m)
  2. M (600m², height limit: 25m)
  3. XL (1500m², height limit: 50m)
  • Somnium WORLDS: With Somnium WORLDs and Somnium Unity SDK you can design your own games, with their own economy, with their own physics. You decide if players shoot, fly, run… if they explore an alien planet, a prison island, Atlantis? This game instance is represented by a WORLD NFT. So you can instantly trade your game peer-to-peer if you want to. And one more thing:
  • S = 75 MB
  • M = 200 MB
  • XL = 500 MB
  • Wearables: This is “cosmetics” for your avatar. Maybe a jacket, a hairstyle, shoes. Like in a “wearables booth” you can display your creations on your land and offer them for sale.
  • Tickets: In “John Carpenter’s They Live”, aliens live among us — disguised as old ladies, policemen, construction workers. Only with special sunglasses, you could see their true form. Tickets work in a similar — but less creepy — way: they are your entrance to a concert or an experience. Only players with tickets can see and hear the experience. For the others, they are invisible like the aliens without sunglasses.
  • Means of transport: Players run through the world at 4 mph. Clearly too slow! That’s why you can rent a car or use a private/public teleporter to reach your destination faster. You can create these cars or teleporters yourself and monetize them…

4. Why is Somnium Space a VR party no one wants to go to (so far)?

  1. Missing Network Effects: According to Metcalfe’s Law, the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users. The more users, the more valuable the network. Why? You can meet more interesting people; there are more developers building outstanding games, you can buy more, consume more, experience more… this is missing in Somnium Space so far. Few users attract few users.
  2. Hardly any partnerships: The Sandbox can boast Snoop Dogg, Walking Dead, Bored Apes, CyberKongz… these attention magnets are missing in Somnium. True, Somnium has partnerships with Sony or the Blockchain Gaming Alliance — but with no well-known brands developing an exciting world. And that leads us directly to the next point:
  3. Tough competition: What do you think of first when you hear Metaverse on the blockchain? Probably Decentraland or The Sandbox. Somnium Space is also one of the “big four” along with Cryptovoxels, but is often overshadowed by its competitors.
  4. VR is still a niche: For almost twenty years now, people have been saying that VR is the future. A future that is late like a delayed train. Why? It’s still comparatively expensive; there’s no “blockbuster game” yet that has catapulted it into the mainstream; the headsets are still largely clunky and unwieldy; and lastly, you have to take your headset off every 30 to 60 minutes because otherwise, your head will spin like a pinwheel.
  5. VR Optimization: Precisely because Somnium Space is optimized for VR, your experience isn’t quite convincing without VR. On a mobile phone or laptop, the controls are a bit awkward — and you won’t dive as deep as you would with a VR headset…

5. How MGH is investing in Somnium Space

Just as a leitmotif runs through an opera, our mission runs through everything we do: Navigating through the open Metaverse together!

6. Conclusion: What’s going on in SomniumSpace?

The text began with the quote, “Going outside is highly overrated.”

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About MGH

At MGH we bring together DeFi, Data, and the Metaverse by following one core principle: “Navigating through the Open Metaverse together”. We accomplish this in four clearly defined steps:

  1. DAO Governed LANDs: MGH DAO collaboratively acquires, populates, and monetizes LANDs and respective in-game assets.
  2. Valuation Algorithm: Our Valuation Algorithm allows fair pricing for LANDs and will be gradually adopted to more Metaverse Assets.
  3. Dataverse Tools: MGH DAO is developing intuitive data tools which can be leveraged by users and ecosystems alike.
  4. Intuitive Metaverse d’Apps: Use MGH DAO’s tools to navigate through the Metaverse and leverage MetaFi.



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