How have we coped without a virtual-reality social network on our mobile phones? Don’t answer that. But this is the idea being floated by UK startup Starship with a service called vTime, which is due to be officially unveiled later this year. It’s essentially a modern take on Second Life, which spans VR headsets and mobile devices.
“Networking with friends or alone, users are able to enjoy music, and share images, videos, and spherical media in rich virtual environments,” explains the company. “From the majestic beauty of nature through to futuristic urban landscapes, vTime transforms the smartphone into a passport to the metaverse.” It’ll launch for Android devices on November, working with mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR and Google Cardboard, although people will also be able to join the world in a 2D mode on a regular smartphone or tablet. There aren’t any details yet on how the music aspects will work, but we’ll be keen to see if Starship is striking partnerships with streaming providers.