When the Metaverse is released, it is going to be one of the biggest technological leaps. While everyone is talking about the amazing possibilities of the Metaverse, there are some who are wondering about the cost involved. They are asking questions like, "Will theMetaverse be free?" and "What will the cost of using it be?" Let’s find out together!
Will the Metaverse be Free?
If you're talking about the Metaverse technology - a set of interconnected digital spaces, then ideally, it should be completely free. But in reality, there are going to be costs associated with it.
Essentially, Metaverse is the next-gen Internet, and the Internet is not really free. We pay to use the Internet through our ISPs and pay for cellular networks. Likewise, we will also be paying for the Metaverse somehow. Besides that, there will not be any additional cost.
If you are referring to the Metaverse platforms/apps, they are free or nearly so. Popular Metaverse platforms like Decentraland and The Sandbox are free to play. Moreover, Horizon Worlds, the new VR app of Meta is also free to access and explore. So, yes, most of the available Metaverse platforms are free to use.
How Much Does the Metaverse Cost?
It is inevitable that there will be costs to using the Metaverse, but what is less clear is the magnitude of those costs. Metaverse is a technology that is still in its infancy, so it's not possible to accurately predict just how much it will cost.
One of the expensive aspects of the Metaverse would be its bandwidth. As you may know, in the Metaverse, the content is delivered in 3D. As a result, the bandwidth used by this technology is much higher than normal online browsing. So, we can expect this cost to be higher than typical bandwidth charges.
Moreover, to access the Metaverse, you will need additional hardware - VR headsets. These are relatively expensive items, so this cost should not be ignored. However, as VR becomes more commonplace and the price drops, the cost will be mitigated.