Access via mobile devices is all the thing. Provided the new Net Neutrality bureaucracy doesn’t kill of the Net like it did the railroads, this is probably the biggest area of potential growth for NGP. Can they get it working well for mobile devices?
SL Go is proof it is possible. Will Linden Lab acquire SL Go? Or develop something of their own? Can a mobile device render a Virtual World (VW) in real time? I think that is a very shaky proposition. Since Ebbe has the Lab developing for VR and PC first, he may see it as a serious challenge. But, mobile is in their plan. This means things are being developed with mobile in mind. Access via mobile devices is a certainty. It is the when that is a question.
With Experience Tools coming we are likely to see some serious game development. In SL I expect to see game prototypes. I doubt SL can ever provide the performance gamers demand. But, Oz is working o n that. So, may be.
In the past SL provided game owners access to their game from outside SL. People could be limited to logging into just that specific game. I don’t how much that was used and I don’t see that it survived. But, Ebbe is talking about giving educators more control over who can access their experiences. They need to be able to keep flying-penises (peni?) out of their classrooms.
If educators can control access then other experience owners can control access. I suppose they will have direct login access to their regions/experiences as SL did in the past. Perhaps as a student there will be a class signup that creates an avatar with limited travel abilities and a preset Home somewhere on the campus.
An experience user whether in a classroom or in a game might never know they are in NGP.
I am certain access will be wider and better and more diverse. I can only hope the various types of access provided will be as useable as I hope. All we know for certain is the Lindens are looking at access in all its forms. We just don’t know what they are seeing or thinking is important.