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Niantic’s all-in-one Metaverse with subscription plans, monetization tools, and discovery capabilities as part of the 8th Wall platform.
Niantic captured the 8th Wall in March. The 8th Wall’s Reality Engine was launched in 2021 and allowed web -based augmented reality experiences to work instantly on multiple iOS and Android devices, computers, tablets, and AR and VR headsets.
The acquisition allows Niantic to strengthen the Lightship development platform, enabling other developers to work on creating augmented reality and virtual reality-focused games, such as Pokemon Go and Ingress. Lightship offers the option to include three main features: real-time mapping, allowing objects to interface with actual word locations, and multiplayer sharing features.
Niantic is now launching new subscription tiers to access the entire suite of 8th Wall tools cheaper.
The first subscription level is the Starter plan, which costs $ 9.99/month. Developers who choose this plan can create unlimited WebAR and WebVR projects using the 8th Wall’s cloud editor. They can publish some web applications using global hosting services on the 8th Wall.
The Plus plan costs $ 49/month. It builds on features that were available in the previous plan and provides more ease for developers to share their applications on the web. In addition, plan subscribers will get access to direct project URLs, embeddable augmented reality, and progressive web apps. They can also connect custom domains. The Plus plan is for developers who have found success with their AR and VR apps and want to grow their user base.
“Today’s launch is a direct response to the growing need we’re hearing from the developer ecosystem to use the 8th Wall platform to create interactive WebAR and WebVR content,” said Erik Murphy-Chutorian of Niantic. “By offering a wider variety of subscription pricing and empowering developers with new tools to distribute and monetize their AR and VR web apps, developers are doing well the position to build a successful business using the 8th Wall platform. “
But these are not just subscriptions
8th Wall Payments is also launching with subscriptions. It is a set of tools for developers to add secure payments to their applications. Developers can use the Cloud Publisher payment module to easily add products to purchase to their project. The 8th Wall Payments API speeds up payments, allowing developers to securely collect and receive payments.
The payment module also has the option to add an access pass to the launch project. It may offer users paid access to specific AR or VR content for a limited time. Developers can use the feature for things like holographic concert tickets or art exhibits.
Or something more involved like a week -long AR scavenger hunt.
These aren’t just payment methods, though.
The 8th Wall also acts as a discovery portal for published applications. The site itself is already the biggest destination for discovering WebAR content. It also offers QR.8 codes (personal QR codes on the 8th Wall) as well as 8th.io short links. Users can now again use it to embed WebAR on existing websites.
Now developers have their own public profile page on the 8th Wall. These profiles act as portfolios that can be browsed by partner agencies. It speeds up the process for developers ensuring the work of brands around the world. It’s not just for established developers as well; students and independent developers also have access.
“The web is undergoing a major transformation and augmented reality has played an important role in its evolution into the metaverse,” says Tom Emrich of Niantic, “Making this future happen is only possible. which is possible for developers and they need the powerful tools to not only create content, but also help them succeed.The 8th Wall platform offers developers this holistic toolset for WebAR and WebVR development.
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