Virtual Worlds

Decentraland Aiming for Smoother User Experience

decentraland screenshot 2020 review

In their recent end-of-year review the developers behind Decentraland mentioned that they want to improve the user experience and user acquisition. Among those improvements will be a desktop client, native VR support and a full integration of a layer-2 blockchain solution to introduce free and faster transactions.

Somewhere in 2021 landowners will have the ability to edit their building scenes live in the game world. They can do this through the browser version of the game, but also through an upcoming downloadable desktop client. This desktop client will boost the performance, including loading times and frame rate.

There will also be native support for VR headsets, while the entire world moves over to a layer-2 solution. Decentraland is talking about Matic Network here. Several projects within Decentraland have already incorporated Matic Network, like for example Decentral Games and their in-world games.

The desktop client will increase the performance of Decentraland, which seems useful because the team keeps adding graphical upgrades. Decentraland already added realistic lighting and shadows, but is now also adding ambient occlusion. This adds more realism to existing shadows in Decentraland, but also requires more computing power.

From the introduction of the desktop client, to the layer-2 implementation, it’s clear that Decentraland wants to improve the user experience. They want more people to be able to enjoy their virtual world without being hampered by computer performance or Ethereum gas fees.

What is Decentraland?

Decentraland is a virtual world build on the Ethereum blockchain. Consumers can buy land within this world, and build anything. Currently ownership over virtual land is highly speculative, and the value of these lands increased significantly over the past year. Decentraland launched in February, and players can now visit by using a web browser on a desktop or laptop.

Within Decentraland people can build all kinds of businesses, including shops for in-game items, art galleries and games. Decentral Games and Metazone are some of the companies that create games within Decentraland. For example, Metazone is selling complete game installations. Landowners can earn money from those creations, while game creators earn a share of the revenue.

By the end of January 2021 Polygonal Mind is launching their next Decentraland game. Megacube allows players to mine blocks from a giant cube and find prizes while doing that. At the center of the cube one player can find a big prize.

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