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Second Life developer shows off its new social VR platform

Linden Lab, creator of virtual world (and sometimes sex party) Second Life, has given us a new look at Sansar, a platform for building and inhabiting social VR spaces.

"No longer is VR limited to just professional developers and engineers," says the trailer's narration as it shows off tools for placing 3D objects—which can be custom made, repurposed from Sansar's existing collection, or purchased from an asset store—into an environment.

Once a new VR space is created, it can be shared privately or publicly and inhabited via Second Life-like avatars. Linden envisions Sansar's uses will range "from education and commerce to entertainment and live events." And sometimes sex parties, I have to imagine, but whatever it's used for it looks like it'll be fun to tinker with—a sort of 'Unity for novices' where I can build my own VR dreamscapes.

Sansar is currently in an invite-only phase—you can register here—but will enter open beta this spring. Another video, released a couple months ago, offers a slightly more in-depth look at the creation tools and rendering.

Tyler Wilde

Tyler has spent over 1,200 hours playing Rocket League, and slightly fewer nitpicking the PC Gamer style guide. His primary news beat is game stores: Steam, Epic, and whatever launcher squeezes into our taskbars next.