Sansar Open Alpha/Beta Pushed Back To Summer 2017


According to New World Notes Linden Lab have apparently pushed back the Sansar release from Open Beta to Open Alpha now scheduled for Summer 2017. The main source comes from this article called Virtual reality is giving Second Life a second lease of life posted the on The Irish Times website last month.

Sansar goes into open alpha in summer 2017, allowing anyone with a VR headset to sign up and try it out

Sansar Opening Plans Update

According the official Sansar Twitter page late last month it looks the Open Alpha / Open Beta phrase will be definitely happening this summer. However the specific date is yet to be confirmed as Sansar is still in the early development stages.

I would imagine the main public launch of Sansar will now happen later this year or possibly in 2018 if things go according to plan.

Investing in VR Headsets

I think the best time to buy VR headsets has to be late 2017 / 2018+ when prices will be a lot cheaper with ten times better quality. The demand for VR headsets is set to rise during 2017 into 2018+. The VR experiences are set to be even more amazing and mind blowing in the years ahead.

Sansar Creator Preview Applications Still Open

The good news is that applications are still open for the Sansar creator preview at sansar.com if you are interested in trying it out. Apparently over 12, 000 content creators have signed up to Sansar since last August and those that have been accepted have been busy creating their own VR experiences in Sansar.

Sansar PC Compatibility Update

It looks like Sansar will be compatible with PCs, Oculus and Vive. The lab plans to eventually add mac support in the distant future (Estimated for 2018 – 2020).

Looking at the Second Life Grid Statistics for Q1 2017 & Sansar Opening Date TBC


The first quarter of 2017 is now over so now it’s time to look at the Second Life grid statistics for the first three months of this year. At the start of January 2017 I posted up the first stats update mentioning that 2016 saw a decline in regions almost every week.

There was small growth for private estates and Linden owned regions in various weeks. The growth is just not enough to catch up with the endless regions dropping off the grid on a weekly basis. It would be nice to see more region growth during the course of 2017 into 2018.

Update on land costs in Second Life

At VWBPE 2017 Ebbe Linden said that the lab have tried to do things to lower land prices in recent years and that land is too expensive in Second Life. Ebbe said that he would love for land costs to come down and for this to happen the lab would have to figure out a way to collect money from elsewhere.

I think anything to help lower land costs would be most welcome but it’s good to know the lab are working on possible solutions behind the scenes. It’s a balancing act but if done right could stop the decline in regions accelerating faster.

Q1 2017 Grid Size Stats

> 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

> As of 2nd April 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 806
  • Private Estates: 16, 586
  • Linden Owned: 7, 220

Since the start of 2017 the total number of main grid regions have declined again and now it’s dropped under the 24, 000 regions mark for the first time. Private estates have dropped slightly along with Linden owned regions.

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Main Grid regions totals since October 2006

Daily Concurrency

The daily concurrency in Second Life seems to be averaging between 53, 000 (at max) – 31, 000 (lowest) on a daily basis at the moment. The Median Daily Concurrency is now at 43, 000.

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Historical Daily Concurrency since December 2009
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Median Daily Concurrency since December 2009

Second Life Signups 2017 Update

As of 2nd April 2017 there have been 47,  449, 070 signups for Second Life to date. On average there are now between 8, 000 to 10, 000 new signups every day for Second Life.

Sansar opening date TBC, land impact and creator beta invites

We are now in April 2017 and still Sansar has not officially launched to the public. On 31st March 2017 the Sansar Official Twitter page tweeted that the specific date is yet to be announced for Sansar. Sansar will open in beta this year. 

When Sansar does finally open to the public my further grid statistics blog posts will include any noticeable changes in terms of regions and active users. The big question is will Sansar have a impact on Second Life or not ?

The lab are still inviting creators on a rolling basis into Sansar and more invites will be sent out soon. Good luck! 🙂

Sansar social VR basketball experience

Next Stats Update

My next Second Life statistics blog post will be posted in July 2017 where I will be looking back at the first six months of 2017.

New Sansar video released by Linden Lab


On 7th March Linden Lab released a brand new video of Sansar showing what can be done in the new world. The video includes some amazing visuals. rendered movements and a brief look at the user interface. The video runs for 1 minute and 56 seconds. The video has already been viewed more than 10, 000 times on YouTube since yesterday.

There is a glimpse of places to explore, the Sansar store (marketplace), the realistic avatars you can use and the tools available to create personal experiences. The graphics look really nice and I think it’s going to impress people who are used to Second Life graphics.

The narrator says that Sansar is revolutionary and it’s unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Sansar will take VR to the next level and Sansar will have live events, entertainment, education uses and much more.

Currently Sansar is in an invite-only creator preview phrase and its planned to go into the Open Beta phrase in Spring 2017.

Poll Results: Most voters think Sansar will open to the public in 2018


Last week I posted up a new poll named When do you think Sansar will open to the public ? on my blog and since then the poll received 81 votes in total. Thanks to everyone that voted during the past week.

The clear winner of this poll with 41.98% (34 votes in total) think that Sansar will open to the public in 2018. Many others still believe that Sansar will open in the second half of 2017 (16 votes in total) and it looks to be going that way from what I have been hearing in recent weeks.

The lab are currently inviting more and more creators into Sansar now and this process I think will continue for many more months yet until the time is right to go public. Hopefully the wait will be well worth it when it does open to the world soon.

Final Poll Results (P1)

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Final Poll Results (P2)

In mid January 2017 I created a poll on Twitter to see if there was any excitement for trying out Sansar when it opens to the public and here are the final poll results.

  • 61% say YES they are excited
  • 39% say NO they are not excited

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Again thanks for voting and hopefully Sansar will launch very soon. 🙂

Sansar Public Opening Pushed Back Further Into 2017


On 15th January there was a new article posted on Sansar on the Road To VR website saying that Sansar will open to all in the first half of 2017. Sansar was planned to be open to the public in Q1 2017 and it was targeted for January 2017.

On Twitter on the same day the article was retweeted on the official Sansar Twitter page and in the replies section Ebbe Linden replied to a few comments. It looks like the lab are still inviting more creators into Sansar currently and that Sansar is not yet ready for public launch by the sound of things.

The public launch of Sansar could be pushed back as far as June 2017. Hopefully it will be open for everyone sometime between February 2017- June 2017. For those interested in Sansar the wait continues and I’ll post more updates when I hear more.

2017 Latest Sansar Updates

Sansar invites being sent out at the moment and the lab are inviting more into Sansar now.

Sansar opening pushed back into 2017. “To some it will be” meaning that the lab are not ready for everyone to access Sansar all in one go.

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Other posts mentioning that Sansar has been pushed back, see below:

 

New Sansar Creator Preview Video Released


Today Linden Lab released a new Sansar Creator Preview video showing more impressive footage of Sansar featuring Loz Hyde of Meshworx fame who tells his story on the testing side of things in Sansar.  Loz has been working on a cool location called The Grand Hall and it looks incredible. The detail in Sansar in terms of the reflections, the effects and lighting looks really good so far.

The video runs for 1 minute and 33 seconds and it was filmed by Draxtor Despres. Stay tuned for more Sansar videos in the weeks/months ahead.

Loz mentioned in the video that Sansar rending is amazing and he thinks Sansar is very realistic. Loz goes on to say that in Sansar you will be able to create video games, he thinks that education & medical science is going to be amazing. If you want to build a business or build furniture you can do it like building a city from scratch. This sounds very interesting and exciting for those that can’t wait to get started.

Over 12, 000 creators have registered to access the platform and roughly 500-600 have been invited on the platform already. Sansar is due to launch to the public sometime during January 2017 if the all goes to plan. If you are interested you can still apply for the Creator Preview.

New Sansar Dollars

The Sansar currency is now in operation and according to Linden Lab the Sansar Dollar will have an exchange rate of 100 Sansar dollars to 1 US dollar. Creators will be able to buy and sell their creations with one another. See below for more info on the following links – pretty interesting reads there. 🙂

New 2017 articles on Sansar so far

First Second Life Grid Statistics Update For 2017


Weekly net change in number of regions since 3rd January 2016

On 2rd January 2017 Tyche Shepherd posted up the first grid statistics update for 2017 via the SLUniverse Forums. I was hoping for something more positive this year to reflect on.

Tyche mentioned in the forum thread that 2016 saw a slow decline in private estate regions in Second Life with surprising small growth for Linden Owned regions (+109 regions). The total net loss for 2016 was much higher than 2015 was in terms of net losses.

So another year gone and another year of a slow decline in private estate regions – total net loss for 2016 was 992 (5.6% down on the beginning of the year) – higher than 2015’s net loss of 825 regions(4.4% down). Overall the whole grid was down by 884 regions, the drop in private estates mitigated by a smaller growth in Linden Owned regions (+109 regions)

As you can see from the graph above for 2016 almost every week there were region losses with only a handful of weeks where there was small positive net growth for private estates. To be honest it was a bad year for region losses during 2016 and I really hope 2017 will not end the same way.

2015 vs 2016 Total Net Loss Comparison

Total net loss for 2016

  • 992 regions down
  • 5.6% down since the beginning of 2016

Total net loss for 2015

  • 825 regions down
  • 4.4% down since the beginning of 2015

2016 Vs 2017 Main Grid Regions Comparison

On 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

Sansar 2017 Impact

As many know already Sansar will open to the public sometime during January 2017 and the big question is will Sansar have any impact of the Second Life grid region numbers during 2017? or will it continue to go steady this year ?.

The lab needs to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening because 2016 saw a huge loss in regions. For many land pricing is one of the top concerns residents have right now.

I would love to know what you think about this in the comments section below.

My next update on Second Life statistics will be published in March 2017 and I will be keeping a closer on Sansar to see how that impacts the numbers in the weeks/months ahead.

Hopefully there will be more region growth in Second Life during 2017 and it will be great to see more great improvements made to Second Life to make it even better.

Useful Links To Keep Track of Second Life 2017 Statistics

A look back at 2016 in Second Life – Year In Review


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My 10th rezday – 31st October 2016

This is my special year in review post looking back at the biggest news, events and more during 2016 in Second Life. There have been so many good memories and some not so good ones during 2016. See the bottom of this blog post for month by month highlights of 2016. 🙂

Improved communications

I do think communications between the lab and the Second Life community have greatly improved during 2016 through various channels like the official Second Life blog, on the Second Life status grid reports page, via Twitter and inworld.

The lab have already posted their highlights of 2016 here including raising the land prims limit for the mainland/private estates, introducing the new horizons experience, adding 360 snapshots, extending Bento, adding new community gateways and much more.

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New Horizons Experience
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Improved grid status page

State of the grid in 2016

The amount of Main Grid regions and private estates have declined further during 2016 which is not good news but that’s what’s officially happening. I hope that in 2017 there will be some sort of region growth because that would be cool. The lab needs to work out and try to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening.

Back on 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 25th December 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 975
  • Private Estates: 16, 792
  • Linden Owned: 7, 183

There have been many well known places that have closed down this year in Second Life because of various reasons and some places managed to be saved.  Yay! 🙂

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Mont Saint Michel
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Insilico

Amazing Events This Year

There have been so many enjoyable events that have happened during 2016 including the Second Life 13th birthday celebrations, One Billion Rising, Lab Chat events, the VWBPE conference, Relay For Life of Second Life events,

Don’t forget the incredible Bay City 8th anniversary, BURN2 events, the annual faires and the list goes on.

Thanks to all those that organised and volunteered these amazing events this year. 🙂

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Fantasy Fair 2016
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Bay City Eighth Anniversary
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Second Life 13th Birthday
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RFL of SL 2016
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London City 7th birthday
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BURN2 2016 Festival

Sansar is almost ready 

There was huge interest this year for Sansar with hundred’s signing up for the Creator Preview and testing it out. The lab have released various interesting Sansar photos, demos and updates during the course of 2016.

Sansar is due to open to the public sometime in January 2017.

Some shocks in 2016

The big shock of 2016 has to be when Donald Trump won the US Election 2016 and will become the next US president from mid January 2017.

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Donald Trump supporters area

Another big shock of 2016 has to be the terrible Orlando shootings earlier this year because that was really sad. In Second Life the community came together and raised L$ to support the victims.

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We lost some great talent during 2016 

Sadly a few well known residents that I knew in Second Life passed away during 2016. If anyone knew anyone else that passed away in Second Life during 2016 – please let me know so I can add it below!

  • Ladyslipper Constantine  Involved with Virtual Ability events, Virtual Worlds Best Practices education events, One Billion Rising, BURN2 events and she was involved in past Second Life birthday celebrations
  • Latif Khalifa – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer

Here is a month by month highlights during 2016 on what happened in terms of big events and news. All links below are from my blog posts 🙂 

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

2017: the year ahead

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading my blog posts during 2016 and I am looking forward the blogging more in 2017. I will be covering Second Life, Sansar and OpenSim next year. Wooot! 🙂

I hope 2017 will be a good year 🙂

Private Estates In Second Life Drops Below 17, 000 Regions


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Private Estates Drop Under The 17, 000 Regions Mark

According to the Second Life Grid Survey recently the total amount of Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 17, 000 regions mark which is rather alarming and shows the decline is still happening.

At the start of 2016 there were 17, 775 Private Estate regions in Second Life but over the course of this year more regions have gone off the grid leaving 16, 902 Private Estates remaining as of 20th November 2016. It’s sad that Second Life has lost so many amazing regions over the past six years and I really hope that things will change for the better in years to come.

  • YTD Private Estate net losses now stand at 873 (4.9% loss) – As of 20th November 2016

2010 to 2016

Since 2010 the total amount of regions have been decreasing slowly and the grid has lost amazing talent. For comparison on 13th June 2010 there were 31, 988 Main Grid regions in total and today there are 24, 076 Main Grid regions left. If trends continue then expect the total amount of Main Grid regions to drop under the 24, 000 mark before the end of 2016.

Check out this graph showing the total number of main grid regions since 31st October 2006.

  • 2003 to 2006 – steady interest in regions
  • 2006 to 2008 – high interest in regions
  • 2008 to 2012 – max total of regions
  • 2012+ – steady decline in regions
Grid Survey Data

Breakdown of Ownership/Classification

(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:

  • Estate – Adult: 4913
  • Estate – General: 1354
  • Estate – Moderate: 10631
  • Estate – Offline: 4
  • Linden – Adult: 447
  • Linden – General: 1642
  • Linden – Moderate: 5085

(20th November 2016) –  Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:

  • Estate – Class 5: 242
  • Estate – Class 7: 7793
  • Estate – Class 8: 7573
  • Estate – Class Unknown: 1294
  • Linden – Class 5: 6
  • Linden – Class 7: 1297
  • Linden – Class 8: 5569
  • Linden – Class Unknown: 302

2017: the year ahead

It’s going to be another challenging year for Second Life with Sansar opening it’s doors to the public in early 2017. The big question is what impact will Sansar have on the Second Life & OpenSim grid numbers during 2017+ ?. We will have to wait and see.

I hope that there will be growth in private estates during the course of 2017 and hopefully the lab will keep on investing more into Second Life. I will be sharing the latest grid stats during each quarter of 2017 so stay tuned for that.